Formosa — The Legendary Heaven (蓬萊仙島), the newest Taiwanese operatic production by the renowned Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Cultural Group (明華園戲劇總團), presents an ancient tale of one emperor’s quest to conquer Formosa.
■ Tainan Municipal Cultural Center Performance Hall (台南市立文化中心演藝廳), 332 Jhonghua E Rd Sec 3, Greater Tainan (台南市中華東路三段332號)
■ Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,600, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
2012 Lexus Classical Musical Series — A Night of Nigel Kennedy (2012LEXUS古典音樂會 — 甘乃迪之夜) brings the British-born violinist to Taiwan for two concerts. He will perform Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor.
■ Saturday at 7:30pm (Taipei) and Sunday at 7:30pm (Taichung)
■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City and Taichung Chungshan Hall (台中市中山堂), 98 Syueshih Rd, Taichung City (台中市學士路98號)
■ Tickets are NT$600 to NT$4,800 for Taipei and NT$800 to NT$4,800 for Taichung, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The Sparks of NTSO (心星之火花) presents flautist Mark Sparks performing with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (國立臺灣交響樂團) under the baton of guest conductor Li Xincao (李心草). The program includes the Taiwan premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto, as well as the prelude to Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 in D Major, Hoboken I/96 and Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche Op. 28.
■ Saturday at 7:30pm
■ National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Music Hall (國立台灣交響樂團演奏廳), 738-2 Chungcheng Rd, Wufeng Township, Greater Taichung (大台中霧峰鄉中正路738之2號)
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$800, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Legacy Taipei hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Tonight it’s The Next Big Thing, a showcase of up-and-coming bands that includes Coconuts (椰子), Hungertist (飢餓藝術家), Astro Bunny (原子邦妮), I Get It (那我懂你意思了) and Flesh Juicer (血肉果汁機). Tomorrow night, the venue hosts London indie rock band The Vaccines whose guitar-based sound riffs on the Modern Lovers, The Velvet Underground and The Clash. On Saturday, pop singer Chi Yu (齊豫), best known for her 1979 hit The Olive Tree (橄欖樹), takes to the stage for a comeback concert. Sunday is a night of extreme metal with Swedish group Opeth.
■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)
■ Shows start at 7:30pm tonight, 8pm all other nights
■ NT$200 tonight, NT$1,450 tomorrow (NT$1,200 in advance), NT$1,700 and NT$1,400 on Saturday (depending on seating area), NT$2,000 or NT$2,800 on Sunday (depending on seating area). Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased at ERA ticketing outlets, online through www.ticket.com.tw, www.legacy.com.tw and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Tomorrow The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists, hosts London-based electro DJ Erol Alkan, along with DJs Rory Phillips and Renaissance Man. On Saturday, alt-rock/nu-metal band Overdose takes to the stage. On Tuesday, it’s a Valentine’s Day-theme dance party featuring chillwave DJ Toro Y Moi and British indie rock group Yuck, whose sound is along the lines of Sonic Youth. The group plays again on Wednesday with local trio Forests as the opening act.