Taiwan’s ‘folk song father’ remembered 鄧雨賢音樂會 系列活動登場

Mon, Jul 08, 2013 - Page 11

The Hsinchu County Government has organized a series of events to commemorate the 108th birthday of Teng Yu-hsien — Taiwan’s “folk song father.” The Teng Yu-hsien Music Culture Park was unveiled in Cyonglin Township on July 3. The county government’s Cultural Affairs Bureau says that the public is encouraged to attend the three concerts to be held in memory of Teng, as well as an upcoming audio-visual exhibition and musical.

Hsinchu County Commissioner Chiu Ching-chun, Teng’s son Teng Jen-kan, Cultural Affairs Bureau director Tsai Jung-kuang and Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp consultant Chi Ching-mei unveiled the bronze statue of Teng, at the park on July 3, donated by Chi Mei founder, Hsu Wen-long. Chiu said that Teng composed several folk songs that are well-known to Taiwanese, but says that most people are unaware that he was a Hakka from Hsinchu County, adding that the new park named after him will allow more people to know about Teng’s background.

Tsai says that a concert including both classic and popular musical elements will be held at the park on Saturday at 5pm. An audio-visual exhibit will commence at 10am and a concert at 5pm on July 20 at the New Tile House Hakka Cultural District in Hsinchu. A creative new musical about Teng will be performed at the Cultural Affairs Bureau’s Performance Hall on Aug. 3 at 7:30pm, Tsai says.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

新竹縣政府紀念台灣歌謠之父鄧雨賢一百零八歲冥誕系列活動,七月三日在芎林鄉鄧雨賢音樂文化公園揭開序幕;縣文化局表示,後續還有三場音樂會和鄧雨賢影音展、音樂劇陸續登場,歡迎民眾踴躍參加。

縣長邱鏡淳、鄧雨賢的兒子鄧仁侃、文化局長蔡榮光、奇美集團顧問紀慶玟等人,七月三日上午在公園裡共同為奇美集團創辦人許文龍捐贈的鄧雨賢銅像揭幕:邱鏡淳說,鄧雨賢創作的多首台灣民謠家喻戶曉,但知道他是新竹縣客家人的人卻不多,有了這座紀念公園,大家就能更瞭解鄧雨賢的出身淵源。

蔡榮光說,週六下午五點在鄧雨賢音樂文化公園,有一場兼具復古與流行元素的音樂會;二十日在竹北市新瓦屋客家文化保存區,上午十點有影音展、下午五點有音樂會;八月三日晚間七點三十分在文化局演藝廳,有鄧雨賢創新音樂劇演出。

(自由時報記者蔡孟尚)