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2012 Hsinchu Chinese Music Festival takes the stage next month
竹塹國樂節下月登場

Musicians perform at the closing concert of the Hsinchu Chinese Music Festival in Hsinchu City on July 17 last year.
音樂家去年七月十七日於新竹為竹塹國樂節閉幕音樂會演奏。

Photo: Hung Mei-hsiu, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者洪美秀

The 2012 Hsinchu Chinese Music Festival will start in July. At a media event last Wednesday to publicize the festival, the mayor of Hsinchu City, Hsu Ming-tsai, arranged for five of the finalists from the festival’s International Erhu Competition to give a short demonstration. During the event, Hsu announced that famous musicians and modern Chinese orchestras from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China have been invited to participate in the festival, adding that there will be 17 music-related events in all, providing free entertainment to at least 16,000 people.

The festival’s events have caught the attention of Chinese people from all over the world. The final round of the International Erhu Competition will be held at the Performance Hall of Hsinchu’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs on July 5 and 6, and the public is invited to attend both days free of charge.

Altogether there are 10 finalists from Taiwan and overseas who will compete in the final round of the competition. Chuang San-hsiu, director of the festival’s main sponsor — the National Hsinchu Living Arts Center — has invited a number of his colleagues to show their support for the event.

Hsu says that among the more than 20 music groups from Taiwan, China, Singapore and Hong Kong participating in the 17 music-related events to be held from July 5 to July 22, will be the Taipei Municipal Chinese Orchestra, the Hsinchu City Youth Chinese Orchestra, and the China National Orchestra. The festival will consist of an erhu competition, 15 concerts, and a lecture.

Free tickets are available ahead of time at the Performance Hall’s service counter for 13 of the performances, admission is free for the two-day competition, but tickets must be purchased for the two performances on July 13 and July 15. Aside from the performance on July 8, which will be held at Hsinchu’s East Gate, all of the other concerts will be held at the Bureau of Cultural Affairs’ Performance Hall.

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. sponsor n.

贊助者 (zan4 zhu4 zhe3)

例: Civic groups are protesting the company serving as the game’s sponsor.

(民間團體抗議這家公司當比賽的贊助者。)

2. colleague n.

同仁;同事 (tong2 ren2; tong2 shi4)

例: Let me see what my colleagues think and get back to you.

(我先看我同事覺得如何再跟你說。)

3. lecture n.

講座 (jiang3 zuo4)

例: The lecture was so long and boring that I fell asleep half way through it.

(講座又長又無聊,到一半我就睡著了。)


Festival information (in Chinese) can be found on the event’s official Web site (http://www.hcmf.tw) or by calling 542-0121#350.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

竹塹國樂節七月即將登場,市長許明財上週三率進入「國際二胡大賽」決賽的五名台灣籍選手,透過示範演出為活動代言造勢。許明財說,邀請台灣、香港、新加坡、中國等地名家、國樂團參與的十七場演出,至少可提供一萬六千人次免費觀看。

這項受到華人世界矚目的國樂節系列活動,將由七月五日、六日在新竹市文化局演藝廳登場的「竹塹盃國際二胡大賽」決賽打頭陣,二胡大賽自由入場觀賞。

二胡大賽共有海、內外十名選手進入決賽。贊助國樂節的新竹生活美學館,也由館長莊三修率大批同仁與會力挺。

市長許明財說,七月五日到二十二日舉行的「竹塹國樂節」,總計規劃一場比賽、十五場音樂演奏會、一場講座,十七場節目由台北市立國樂團、新竹青年國樂團、中央民族樂團等台灣、中國、新加坡、香港等地二十多個音樂團體參與演出。

所有展演活動十三場次提前在演藝廳服務台索票入場、比賽兩場次自由入場、七月十三日與十五日兩場次售票,除七月八日表演地點在新竹市東門城,其餘都在市文化局演藝廳演出。

系列活動詳情及索票訊息,可參閱專屬網站,網址http://www.hcmf.tw;洽詢電話:542-0121#350。

(自由時報記者陳維仁)

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