75th birthday concert to raise medical funds for Tyzen Hsiao 蕭泰然罹癌 七十五歲生日音樂會募款籌醫藥費

Sat, Dec 29, 2012 - Page 10

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tyzen Hsiao’s famous work Taiwan the Green and the composer’s 75th birthday, which falls on New Year’s Day, the Tyzen Hsiao Culture and Education Foundation will hold a birthday concert on Jan. 1. Unfortunately, Hsiao is rumored to have cancer, and Hsiao’s family confirmed this news last Monday, saying his condition is serious. He has been hospitalized and is currently receiving radiation therapy. Chen Hsiu-li, president of the Tyzen Hsiao Culture and Education Foundation, said the concert will hopefully help raise donations for Hsiao, who devoted the first half of his life to Taiwanese music, to cover his medical bills.

The lyrical poem Taiwan the Green, written by Pastor John Jyigiokk Tin, a professor in the Tainan Theological College and Seminary, is based on Taiwanese-independence thinking. Hsiao wrote a choral score in 1993, a year after the poem was written. In 1994, he incorporated the piece into his symphonic poem 1947 Overture, said the foundation.

The pinnacle of Hsiao’s career was during his life in the US. Among the works composed during that period, the three major concerti (Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto and Piano Concerto), the 1947 Overture and the Formosa Symphony are internationally known. Most importantly, it has been said that Hsiao’s music tells Taiwan’s history and the hardships of the Taiwanese people, and that it has instilled a courageous spirit in the Taiwanese. His compositions have given greater recognition and appreciation to Taiwanese folk songs on the international music scene, and overseas Taiwanese find solace and pride in his music.

The birthday concert will be held from 2pm to 4pm at Liberty Square Convention Center on Jan. 1. The address is 2F, 399 Ruiguang Rd, Neihu, Taipei. For more information, please see the foundation’s Web site at http://flyingv.cc/project/183 or call 02-25111069.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Lin Ya-ti)

為慶賀蕭泰然名曲《台灣翠青》創作二十週年,及蕭泰然於後天元旦當日的七十五歲生日,蕭泰然文教基金會將於二○一三年元旦下午舉辦「蕭泰然七十五台灣翠青二十生日快樂」音樂會,但卻驚傳蕭泰然罹癌的消息;其家人週一證實,蕭泰然罹患嚴重的癌症,目前正住院進行放療積極治療中。蕭泰然文教基金會董事長陳秀麗表示,也希望藉此音樂會募得愛心善款,捐獻給前半生一直為台灣音樂藝術奉獻的蕭泰然博士做為醫藥費用。

蕭泰然文教基金會表示,《台灣翠青》是台南神學院教授鄭兒玉牧師所創作具台灣獨立運動思想的詩歌詞,詩初作於一九九二年,一九九三年由蕭泰然譜為合唱曲,並在一九九四年將此曲編在交響詩《一九四七序曲》中。

蕭泰然於旅美期間音樂創作達於顛峰,尤以小提琴、大提琴、鋼琴三大協奏曲及《一九四七序曲》、《福爾摩沙交響曲》等馳名國際樂壇。最重要的是,「蕭泰然的音樂,曲曲皆念玆在玆於宣敘台灣的歷史、台灣人歷經滄桑而奮發鼓舞的精神。國際樂壇經由他的音樂認識台灣並聆賞台灣民謠,海外台灣人更在他的音樂中得到慰藉與驕傲。」

「蕭泰然七十五台灣翠青二十生日快樂」音樂會,時間為二○一三年元旦下午兩至四時,地點在台北市內湖區瑞光路三九九號二樓「自由廣場國際演藝廳」。購票及捐助可上基金會網址http://flyingv.cc/project/183,或逕洽:02-25111069。

(自由時報記者凌美雪)