Fri, Nov 02, 2007 - Page 14 News List


The Song of Chatian Mountain bring Chung Chao-cheng's book of the same name to the silver screen.



Those who missed yesterday's world premiere of The Firmiana Rain (梧桐雨) still have a chance to see the show. Billed as a modern romantic opera, the sumptuous production has all the makings of great opera with an imperial romance, palace intrigue, political upheaval and a suicide. The Taiwan-Japan joint production also features librettos in Mandarin, French and German and a Taiwanese gezai opera (歌仔戲) performer.

*National Theater, Taipei

*Tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

*Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,500 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Asia's agrarian societies have a rich tradition of dancing, singing and storytelling. Using a combination of dance, theater and visual art, Wang Wei-ming (王維銘), Yang Wei-chen (楊維真), and Sun Chuo-tai (孫悅泰), three stars of Taiwan's contemporary theater, draw on these traditions to each perform a solo dance. The performance, Trajectus, is part of the Taipei Arts Festival (台北藝術節).

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)

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

*Tickets are NT$200 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Classical music

The Vienna Boys' Choir (維也納少年合唱團慈善音樂會), one of the most famous young choral groups in the world, made up of boys aged 10 to 14, is back in Taiwan and finishing up its tour of choral classics with a performance in Taipei.

*Today and tomorrow 7:30pm

*National Concert Hall, Taipei

*Tickets are NT$1,000 to NT$2,000 for today's charity concert and NT$500 to NT$2,000 tomorrow; tickets available through NTCH ticketing

The Formosa Singers Concert (福爾摩沙合唱團96年系列音樂會之五 - 驚艷人聲) brings together Scandinavian and local folk melodies in a concert that showcases the choir's versatility and virtuosity. The program includes modern choral works such as Jaakobin Isot Pojat, Corpus Christi Carol, and Regina Caeli, as well as a number of arrangements of Taiwanese folk songs.


Based on the novel of same title by prominent writer Chung Chao-cheng (鍾肇政), The Song of Chatian Mountain (插天山之歌) is veteran director and educator Huang Yu-shan's (黃玉珊) latest attempt to adapt local literature to the silver screen. Set in Taiwan during World War II, the film follows the life of a young Taiwanese intellectual, Lu Chih-hsiang (陸志鑲), who returns from Japan to join the revolt against the Japanese colonial ruler that exerts tight control not only over the bodies but the minds of the island's inhabitants.

Chased by the Japanese, Lu escapes into the mountains and fishes and works as a laborer to survive. Earning recognition from the Aboriginal farmers, Lu and his new friends strive to keep their heads up and hopes high.

The film is released today in Hakka and Mandarin with Chinese subtitles. For more information on the film, visit to

*Monday 7:30pm

*National Concert Hall, Taipei

*Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,000, available through NTCH ticketing

An Evening of Mendelssohn with Flautist Janos Balint (孟德爾頌長笛協奏曲之夜), performing with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (長榮交響樂團) under Gernot Schmalfuss. The program includes Mendelssohn's The Hebrides and Flute Concerto in E Minor.

*Thursday 7:30pm

*National Concert Hall, Taipei

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

The Everlasting Knight - In Memory of Tsao Yeong-kun (曹永坤紀念音樂會) is a concert to commemorate the contribution of Tsao, formerly the executive director of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra (TSO), who made a significant contribution to promoting classical music in Taiwan. The program includes Chiang Wen-Yeh's (江文也) Bagatelles No. 7, Epitaph Op. 8, Formosa Dance Op. 1, Hsiao Tai-ran's (蕭泰然) Please Don't Criticize Taiwan (嘸通嫌台灣), and works by Vitali, Mahler, Schubert and others.

*Sunday 2pm

*National Recital Hall, Taipei

*Tickets are NT$300, available through NTCH ticketing

Cello Recital by Chang Chen-chieh (張正傑大提琴獨奏會 - 美猴王鬧場) will include a performance by renowned Beijing opera artist Chu Lu-hao (朱陸豪) using the role of the Monkey King to provide an interpretive exposition on the contemporary cello music performed by Chang. Additional information on this project can be found at

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