Freeze 2006 (統統不許動 — 豬探長秘密檔案2006版) by the If Kids Children's Theater Group (如果兒童劇團), is the group's annual large-scale children's performance and follows the troupe's success last year. The show has been updated and developed, and children who enjoyed it last year are likely to find plenty to thrill them in the new performance. At the National Theater, Taipei. Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,000 and are available through NTCH ticketing.
* Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 10:30am and 2:30pm
China Peking Opera Theater (于魁智領銜 — 中國京劇院名角名劇大匯演) once again brings the cream of China's operatic talent to Taipei to show off their moves. This is an unparalleled banquet of classic operas, and the presence of Yu Kueizhi, a multi-award-winning star of the Beijing opera firmament, is likely to prove a huge success with local opera fans. At the National Theater, Taipei. Tickets are NT$300 to NT$3,000 and are available through NTCH ticketing.
* Daily from Tuesday until Aug. 27 at 7pm with shows at 2:30pm on Aug. 26 and Aug. 27
Wild Beat (狂擊), a performance to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the Sun Son Theater (身聲演繹社), will take place at the Performing Arts Hall of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taoyuan County Government (桃園縣政府文化局演藝廳) next week. The event presents the wealth of Sun Son's experience in percussion. The Taoyuan County Cultural Center is located at the Performing Arts Hall of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taoyuan County Government, 21 Hsianfu Rd, Taoyuan County (桃園縣縣府路21號). Tickets are NT$200 and NT$300 and are available through NTCH ticketing. More information can be found at the troupe’s Web site at www.sunsontheater.com.tw.
* Aug. 25 at 7:30pm and Aug. 26 at 2:30pm
Taishin Arts Center Lunchtime Concert (台新金控藝文中心午間音樂會) will be held at the Taishin Arts Center (台新金控藝文中心) today from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Part of Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture's summer program, this concert is the last of a series of six lunchtime concerts. The trio — Violinist Frank Lu (盧耿鋒), cellist Lu Chao-lun (呂超倫), and pianist Kuo Tsung-han (郭宗瀚) — will play Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in C Minor, Op.66 and Dvorak’s Piano Trio in E Minor “Dumky,” Op. 90. The Dumky is the last and best-known of Dvorak's piano trios, and the word means “a fleeting thought.” This trio departs from the typical form of piano trios in that it does not contain a movement in sonata form or one consisting of variations. Rather, it is suffused with the simple beauty and colorful quality of folk song and dance, yet the melodies are Dvorak's own.
* At the Taishin Arts Center, 2F, 118 Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei (台北市仁愛路四段118號2樓)
* Free admission
* Today at 12:30pm
Tsai Shih-hung Guitar Concert — Impressionist Paris (蔡世鴻吉他音樂會 — 印象巴黎) will be held at the Chihshan Hall, National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center, Kaohsiung City (高雄中正文化中心至善廳) tonight. Tsai became the first Taiwanese to study classical guitar at the Association Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Tsai will be joined by the Kaohsiung Guitar Association Ensemble and the Wu Hsueh-wu and Da Mao Jazz Guitar Duo, and cellist Lu Chao-lun (呂超倫), a graduate of the Juilliard School. The focus of the program is impressionistic musical works on the theme of Paris.
* The Chihshan Hall, National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center, Kaohsiung City, 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市五福一路67號)