Wedding Memories (女兒紅) will be performed by Ping-fong Acting Troupe (屏風表演班) and will be staged at the National Theater follows the real-life story of director Lee Kuo-Shiu’s mother and is a tribute to her memory. It is a play about how a family tries to rebuild their home after great loss.
* National Theater (國家戲劇院), Taipei
* Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500 through NTCH ticketing
* Today, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm
Wu Song Fights the Tiger (武松打虎) will be performed by Paper Windmill Theater Troupe (紙風車劇團) and tells the story of Wu Song who slays a tiger that has been preying on farmers, and becomes a local hero. The story will be performed using traditional opera with some more modern musical forms such as rap so as to appeal to a younger audience.
* Novel Hall (新舞台), 3-1 Songshou Rd, Taipei (台北市松壽路3-1號)
* Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,000 and can be purchased through ERA ticketing
* Today at 2:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am and 2:30pm
Scenes de Vie Boheme (浮浪貢開花) will be staged by the Golden Bough Theater (金枝演社) and is the story of a country bumpkin off to the city to pursue his wealth and fortune.
* Red Theater (紅樓劇場), 10 Chengdu Rd, Taipei (台北市成都路10號)
* Tickets are NT$600 and can be purchased through NTCH ticketing
* Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm
Lysistrata (利西翠妲), the ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, will be staged by the Tainaner Ensemble (台南人劇團) in Tainan. Written at the height of the Peloponnesian war (411B.C.), it tells the story of a group of women from Sparta and Athens — the two cities at war — who withhold sex from their husbands and barricade the public funds building as a means of protesting the war.
Jessye Norman Recital (世紀女聲世紀榮耀 - 潔西諾曼音樂會) will hold a concert at the National Concert Hall on Oct. 12. Norman recalls falling in love with opera ever since hearing a broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera when she was a nine-year-old kid in Augusta, Georgia. From Haydn to Mahler to Schoenberg and Berg, from Satie and Poulenc to Gershwin and Bernstein, the range of Norman's musical reach has been and continues to be breathtaking. No matter what the language, she makes every word matter, every note tell. Jessye Norman’s thoughtful music-making, innovative programming and fervent advocacy of contemporary music share equal acclaim with the majesty of her voice. Accompanied by pianist Mark Markham, Norman will sing works of Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg, Francis Poulenc, Erik Satie, George Gershwin, and Edward Kennedy.
*At the National Concert Hall, Taipei. *As of press time, NT$2,000 tickets are sold out, but seats are available
from NT$4,000 to NT$12,000 through ERA ticketing. *Oct 12 at 7:30pm
* Eternal Golden Castle (億載金城), 3 Kuangchou Rd, Anping District, Tainan
* Tickets are NT$500 and can be purchased through NTCH ticketing or by calling the Tainaner Ensemble at (06) 274-7605
* Starting Thursday at 7:30pm
The Night of Tango — Magic of Latin Music (探戈之夜) will be presented by Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra. The concert will feature violinist Paefel Gintoli, pianist Oscar De Elia, and dancers Paula and Cristian, who will perform their breathtaking and witty tango interpretations.
* Today at the National Concert Hall, Taipei and Sunday at the Chih-De Hall, National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center, 67, Wufu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市五福一路67號).
* Tickets cost from NT$400 to NT$1,200 for Taipei concert and from NT$300 to NT$1,200 for Kaohsiung concert through ERA ticketing
* Today at 2:30pm and Sunday at 7:30pm
An Evening of Beiguan Music (北管e世代). Legendary Beiguan maestro Chiu Huo-Jung (邱火榮) will collaborate with several young talented players from the Luan-Tan-Chiao Beiguan Opera Troupe (亂彈嬌北管樂團). Although the troupe is relatively young, they have received high acclaim, and led by Chiu, will reveal the many facets of Beiguan music. The program will include a commissioned piece composed by television host Jacky Wu (吳宗憲).
* At the National Recital Hall, Taipei
* Tickets are from NT$300 to NT$500 and are available through NTCH ticketing
* Tomorrow at 7:30pm
Reiko Watanabe Violin Recital (渡邊玲子小提琴獨奏會). At 15, Reiko Wantanabe was regarded by many critics as the best violinist in Japan, and at 20, she was the top-prize winner in the Paganini, Viotti, and Gingold competitions. With Yori Kawashima as pianist, Watanabe will play Clara Schumann's 3 Romanze, Op.1, Szymanowski's Myth, Op.30, Kreisler's Caprice Viennois, Liebesfreud, Liebesleid, and Schon Rosmarin, Paganini's Mose's Fantasy, and Enesco's Sonata, No.3.