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Kaohsiung to test new stadium with classical concert

By Chao Chin-yu and Sun Chuan-hsien  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the chorus of the Vienna State Opera have been invited to perform at Kaohsiung’s new Main Stadium (世運主場館) to celebrate its launch on May 20.

The Kaohsiung City Government’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs has scheduled a concert on May 20 as part of a full-­capacity test of the stadium, which has about 40,000 seats, before the city hosts the World Games next year, bureau ­Director-General Shih Jhe (史哲) said at a press conference in Taipei on Wednesday.

Concert tickets will cost from NT$290 to NT$3,000.

Although the Main Stadium has been completed, full-load tests on the venue are necessary to determine whether all facilities, including security, traffic and volunteer workers, will be able to handle the demands of the Games, which are just 89 days away, Shih said.

The World Games will be held from July 16 to July 26.

After much discussion, the bureau decided to invite the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and chorus of the Vienna State Opera for the concert. The two groups will band together to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies Nos. 7 and 9.

The orchestra is also scheduled to play Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture accompanied by a fireworks show.

The cannon blasts in the 1812 Overture will be replaced by the sound of the fireworks, Shih said.

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