Fri, Sep 08, 2006 - Page 14 News List

Event & Entertainment

Westlife, the squeaky clean boy band made up of pretty boys Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Bryan McFadden, Mark Feehily, and Kian Egan is scheduled to perform at Taipei International Convention Center (台北國際會議中心) tomorrow at 7:30pm. The band's first single Flying Without Wings, released in 1999, went straight into the British pop charts at number one. The quintet repeated that success with Seasons in the Sun and Swear It Again in 2000. Westlife has racked up an impressive 13 number one hits in the UK, which puts the Irish lookers in the annals of pop history just behind Elvis and The Beatles. No surprise then that the gig is sold out. Tickets for the performance cost from NT$1,000 to NT$3,500, but ticket touts are likely to be upping the price at the venue's gates. The Irish band has, unlike many of its peers such as Take That, proven its staying power and still attracts hordes of young female admirers to its gigs as well as a few moms and dads. The convention center is located at 1 Xinyi Rd Sec 5, Taipei (台北市信義路五段1號).

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Theater

The Peach Blossom Land (暗戀桃花源) by Performance Workshop (表演工作坊), one of the nation's pre-eminent theater groups, revives the Chinese classic of two theater groups that are double-booked and end up rehearsing their plays on the same stage. One group is to perform a tragedy, while the other is rehearsing a farcical piece. Under the skilled direction of Stan Lai (賴聲川), the show combines elements of tragedy and comedy that stretches the limits of its actor's remarkable abilities by combining melodrama, verbal comedy and slapstick.

* At the National Theater, Taipei. Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2400, available through NTCH ticketing.

* Today and tomorrow at 7:30, Sunday at 2:30

Like a Larva (死如幼蟲), based on the writings of Vaslov Nijinsky, Jean Genet, Antonin Artaud and Sarah Kane, calls forth from the dead the wisdom of these “mad talents.” This play is a series of prologues that summon the souls of those physically dead and can be seen as a ceremony to the raise the dead spirits. Some scenes contain nudity.

* At the Guling St. Theater (牯嶺街小劇場), 2, Ln 5, Guling St, Taipei (台北市牯嶺街5巷2號). Tickets are NT$350 and are available at NTCH ticketing.

* Today and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30, tomorrow at 7:30

Mia and Scott's Voice Playground (聲音游戲場) mixes voice, sound, drum and theater. This well-known husband and wife team creates an experience that explores what it means to be human.

* At RingSide (聚場), located at (四維路10號B1, 仁愛敦化圓環). Admission free with meal. Call (02) 2705-2899 for registration.

* Tomorrow at 8pm.

Naughty Dancing by 3 Choreographers (頑童日記) sees Dance Forum Taipei (舞蹈空間舞蹈團) welcome the autumn season with a new original work.

* At Novel Hall (新舞台), 3-1 Songshou Rd, Taipei (台北市松壽路3-1號). Tickets are NT$450 to NT$1,200

* Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow at 2:30pm

Classical

Evergreen Symphony Orchestra — Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos (長榮交響樂團--莫札特雙鋼琴協奏曲) will be held at the National Concert Hall tonight. Since the orchestra's inception in 1985, its mission has been to cultivate local musical talent. Wang Ya-hui (王雅蕙), music director and principal conductor of Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, will be the conductor in this concert. Accompanied by pianists Natalie Zhu (朱葉) and Liao Chiao-han (廖皎含), the concert will present a program of works, including Mozart's Double Piano Concerto, Bruckner's Symphony No.4 “Romantic”, and a Taiwanese folk song Dusk thought of Home (黃昏的故鄉) arranged by Admundson.

* At the National Concert Hall, Taipei

* Tickets from NT$500 to NT$1,500 and are available through ERA ticketing

* Tonight at 7:30pm

A Joint Outdoor Concert of Various A Capella Singers — Re: Play (人聲樂團趴趴唱系列一Re: Play) will be held tomorrow at the Hsindian MRT Station Plaza tomorrow as part of the 2006 The 6th Taiwan International Choral Ensemble Festival (2006台灣國際重唱藝術節) organized by the Taiwan Choral Music Center (台灣合唱音樂中心). The audience will be treated to a one-hour live performance by the world's best a cappella singers from home and abroad free of charge. For information, please visit the website: www.tcmc.org.tw/festival/index.htm.

* At the Hsindian MRT Station Plaza

* Free admission

* Saturday at 3pm

Fan Chiang-yi Piano Recital (漢諾威鋼琴旅人范姜毅鋼琴獨奏會) will be held in Taipei, Taoyuan, and Ilan starting this Sunday. Fan, 25, is a Taiwanese piano prodigy and currently the youngest doctoral student at Hannover University for Music and Theater in Germany. He was recognized as a Young Star in 2004. Fan studied piano under the guidance of M. Dorrle and was selected to compete in the Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition last year. The recital will include a program including Mozart's Piano Sonata in E-Flat Major, K282, Busoni's Sonatina Seconda, Rachmaninov's Prelude No.2, Op.23, Scriabin's Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op.9, Tchaikovsky's Nocturne in F Major No.1, Op.10 and Meditation in D Major, No.5, Op.72, and Feindberg's Scherzo from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.6 “Pathetique”.

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