Fri, Feb 01, 2008 - Page 14 News List




The Eight Immortals (八仙) are a group of legendary figures from Chinese history and are revered by Taoists for their transcendent power to give life or destroy evil. But of the eight, only one is a woman, named Immortal Woman He (He Xian-gu - 何仙姑). Chen Sheng-kuo (陳勝國), writer and director at Ming Hwa Yuan (明華園), Taiwan's preeminent Taiwanese opera (歌仔戲) group, contemplates why in The Immortal Woman He (八仙傳奇系列之何仙姑)

▲Kaohsiung Cultural Center's Chih Teh Hall (高雄市立文化中心至德堂), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市五福一路67號)

▲ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$200 to NT$1,600 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Wedding of the Mice (大稻埕的老鼠新娘) is a puppet production by Taiwan's Taiyuan Puppet Theater Company (台原偶戲團), and is adapted from a traditional Chinese fairy-tale. It tells the story of the daughter of the mouse lord who is in love with a poor mouse but is expected to marry the winner of a competition held by her father. The father deems the poor mouse unworthy of competing for his daughter's hand in marriage, but true love eventually wins the day.

▲Nadou Theater (納豆劇場), 79 Xining N Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧北路79號)

▲ Tomorrow at 7:30pm

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

The songs we share (如果音樂故事) is a family production that brings together the best songs from If Kids Theater Group's (如果兒童劇團) repertoire over the past eight years.

▲ Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號).

▲ Tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 10:30 and 2:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$350 to NT$1,000 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Classical music

Hsu Yiu-li Recital (許幼莉鋼琴獨奏會) sees the pianist, a protoge of maestro Robert Scholtz, performing as part of the Sense and Sensibility series of concerts. The program will include J.S. Bach's Fantasia Cromatica e Fuga, Beethoven's Sonata in D Minor Tempest Op. 31 No. 2, Brahms' Klavierstucke Op. 119, and Schumann's Fantasy in C Major Op. 17.

▲ National Recital Hall, Taipei City

▲Today 7:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$300 to NT$500 and are available through ERA ticketing

Little Giants Chinese Chamber Orchestra - The Rhapsody (小巨人絲竹樂團兩岸薪傳系列 - 狂想) brings together virtuoso performers of classical Chinese music from Taiwan and China, including erhu (二胡) specialist Chen Chun-yuan (陳春園) from China and Taiwan's very own suona (嗩吶) specialist Lin Tzi-yu (林子由), performing with the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (小巨人絲竹樂團).

▲ National Concert Hall, Taipei City

▲ Tomorrow 7:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,200 and are available through NTCH ticketing

The Sound of Zheng - Chen Hsin-hui and the Hanling Ensemble (瀚淩箏響 - 陳幸惠與瀚淩樂集) is a presentation of classical Chinese music with a lecture by Hanling Ensemble founder Chen Hsin-hui (陳幸惠).

▲National Recital Hall, Taipei City

▲Tomorrow 7:30pm

▲ NT$300 are still available and can be purchased through NTCH ticketing

The Sound of Spring (春之聲) , a solo concert by double bassist Chou Chun-shiang (周春祥). The program will include Schumann's Fantasiestuck Op. 73, Granados' Spanish Dance Intermezzo, Bottesini's Grand Allegro di Concerto, Gajdos' Zingaresca and Misek's Concert Polonaise.

▲ National Recital Hall, Taipei City

▲Tuesday 7:30pm

▲ Tickets are NT$500 and are available through NTCH ticketing

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