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.
1. sponsor n.
贊助者 (zan4 zhu4 zhe3)
例: Civic groups are protesting the company serving as the game’s sponsor.
2. colleague n.
同仁；同事 (tong2 ren2; tong2 shi4)
例: Let me see what my colleagues think and get back to you.
3. lecture n.
講座 (jiang3 zuo4)
例: The lecture was so long and boring that I fell asleep half way through it.
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)