Hu Xue-Yan 新編京劇胡雪巖 will be staged by the National Guoguang Chinese Opera Company (國立國光劇團) and is about the most famous businessman of the Qing Dynasty. The opera shows how Hu achieved his success through political maneuvering before his spectacular downfall later in life. The drama explores Hu's personality, business strategies and interpersonal relationships.
* At the National Theater, Taipei (國家戲劇院)
* Tickets from NT$300 to NT$1,200 and are available through NTCH ticketing
* Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
Assassination Q2 … GO (暗殺Q2…GO) is a contemporary black comedy by the highly regarded Performance Workshop 2 that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
* Guling St. Theater (牯嶺街小劇場), 2, Alley 5, Guling St, Taipei (台北市牯嶺街五巷二號)
* Today at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday 2:30pm and 7:30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm
* Tickets are NT$350 and are available at www.artsticket.com.tw
The Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society in co-operation with the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei are holding the annual Remembrance Day Event on Sunday. This event is held to highlight the story of the former allied prisoners of war (POWs) who were held captive on Taiwan by the Japanese during World War II and forced to work as slaves here, and to ensure that what they suffered will never be forgotten. There will be two events on the day. The first is the unveiling and dedication of the newly erected bronze sculpture of the Eternal Flame of Peace and Remembrance — which stands in the center of the Prisoner of War Memorial Park — in honor and memory of the POWs who suffered in all of the Taiwan POW camps. The ceremony will be held at 10:30am and will be followed by the Remembrance Day Service at 11am. Following the ceremonies guests are invited to join together for a time of fellowship over a picnic lunch. Chartered buses will take participants to the Remembrance Services at the memorial in the village of Chinguashi (金瓜石) near Jiufen (九份). Reservations are required for the buses — which will depart from the east entrance of the Grand Hyatt Hotel — at 8:45am (cost is NT$300).
Following its critically acclaimed premiere of River Journey in September, U-Theater is now embarking on a new venture to bring its audience closer to the spirit that its performances embody. With the first Taiwan Mountain Festival, titled The Door, the troupe aims to bring audiences up to its Mucha mountain retreat and rehearsal area to share in the atmosphere of outdoor performances. They will be joined by the Ballet National Du Burkina from Burkina Faso in a unique exploration of percussion and dance. The performances take place Thursday and Nov. 24 at 7:30pm and Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 at 5:30pm.
* Tickets are NT$600 and NT$900 and are available through NTCH ticketing or from U-Theater's Web site at www.utheatre.org.tw.
* Reservations can be made by calling Peter Yu at the Australian Commerce and Industry Office on (02) 8725-4131 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at www.powtaiwan.org
Ars Trio Taipei — Salute to Mozart Concert Series II: From Mozart to Mahler (印象三重奏團—向莫札特致敬活動系列二:黃金年代). Featuring pianist Lee Yen-I (李燕宜), violinist Chen Fang-liu (陳方騮), cellist Jessica Chen (陳俐亨), soprano Zoe Hwang (黃瑞芬), and violist Wang Yi-chuan (王意權), the concert will present the Taiwan premier of Mahler' Piano Quartet and world premier of piano trio works adapted from Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Fourth Movement, Mozart's motet “Exultate, Jubilate,” K.165, and Mozart's “Nehmt meinen Dank,” K.383. Mozart's Piano Quartet in G Minor, K.478 is also on the program.
* Tonight at Taichung's Hsinmin Senior High School (新民中學藝術中心), 289 Sanmin Rd Sec 3, Taichung City (台中市三民路三段289號) and Nov. 26 at the Recital Hall, Taipei
* Tickets are NT$300 for the Taichung concert. Taipei tickets are available from NT$500 to NT$800 through ERA ticketing
* Tonight at 7:30pm and Nov. 26 at 7:30pm
Jeannie Cheng 2006 Piano Recital II (鄭怡君2006鋼琴獨奏會II). Cheng found her way to Juilliard School in New York at the age of 14. Chen now holds masters and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School and teaches music at different Taiwanese universities. Cheng will play a program of works, including Bach-Busoni's Chaconne, Schubert's Impromptus, Nos.3 and 4, Op. 90, Chopin's Ballade, No.3, Op.47, and Schumann's Carnaval, Op.9.