The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), also known as the Taiwan Philharmonic, will take the music and spirit of Taiwan to Europe during a tour beginning next month, according to the orchestra.
Among the pieces the symphony orchestra will perform are two by Taiwanese composers — Chien Nan-chang’s (錢南章) Five Chinese Songs for Soprano and Orchestra and Yen Ming-hsiu’s (顏名秀) Breaking Through — conductor of the tour Lu Shao-chia (呂紹嘉) said.
The Taiwan Philharmonic is scheduled to perform in Paris, Vienna, Berlin and Italy’s Milan and Udine during its two-week tour, including at the Berlin Philharmonic’s concert hall, it said.
Breaking Through was inspired by the Hsuehshan Tunnel, which links New Taipei City (新北市) and Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan. It was a difficult construction project that lasted 15 years.
Yen said that she composed the piece to show the perseverance of Taiwanese.
Meanwhile Chien said that the Five Chinese Songs for Soprano and Orchestra was inspired by Shi Jing (詩經), the oldest collection of Chinese poetry.
Chien is a four-time Golden Melody Award winner and one of the recipients of Taiwan’s National Award for the Arts in 2005.
Since 2007, the NSO has carried out an international push that has seen its audiences expand abroad.
The orchestra’s Northeast Asia tour last year took it to Shanghai, Beijing and Wuxi, as well as Tokyo.