Taiwan mulls Ang Lee award
The Presidential Office is mulling whether to bestow an honor upon Taiwan-born director Ang Lee (李安), who won his second Oscar award for best director for Life of Pi earlier in the week. Presidential Office spokesperson Lee Chia-fei (李佳霏) said the decoration would be for his contributions to filmmaking and for bringing honor to the nation. The Presidential Office could confer upon Lee the Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon, the highest of the nine ranks of the civilian order of Brilliant Star, Lee Chia-fei said. The Order of Brilliant Star is awarded to civil servants, members of the public and foreigners who have made great contributions to the nation or society. Ang Lee was awarded the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon, which is one rank lower, in 2006 after winning his first Oscar for Brokeback Mountain.
NZ soprano set for April gigs
New Zealand crossover soprano Hayley Westenra will perform in Taiwan next month, her first concerts in the country since early 2011, the events’ sponsor said. The 25-year-old pop and classical singer is scheduled to perform in Taipei, Tainan and Kaohsiung on April 9, 13 and 14 respectively, said Audi Taiwan Co, which is sponsoring her tour. Westenra, who will be accompanied by the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, will perform well-known songs in English, Japanese, Mandarin and Taiwanese, Audi Taiwan said in a statement. In addition to Amazing Grace, one of her best-loved songs, she will also sing the Japanese Nada Sou Sou and Taiwanese ballads, it said. Management of New Arts, which is promoting the concerts, said the show in Tainan will coincide with the Tainan Arts Festival and be held at the city’s Eternal Golden Castle.