Being the best performance team, NCO from Taiwan stands firmly in the country and explores traditions; its exceptional performance in Michigan has brought forward an Eastern whirlwind, and once again flawlessly achieved another cultural exchange between Taiwan and USA.
National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan, affiliated with Ministry of Culture, has accepted the invitation from “Michigan Taiwanese American Organization”, and co-performed the phenomenalSplendid Taiwanconcert at 8:00 pm on 7th October at the University of Michigan, SMTD, Stamps Auditorium, with SMTD musicians, as well as hosted theTraditional Taiwanese Operaworkshop. The tour performance was successful, and received resounding response, with the NCO portraying the role of cultural pioneer to conduct mutual and intimate exchange between Taiwan and USA through music.
Liu Chen-Ling (Dizi), concertmaster of National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan, and three assistant concertmasters including Wang Chun-Ning (Erhu), Lin Ming-Hui (Yangqin), and Lin Ya-Hsueh (Percussion), were led by the conductor, professor Amy Chang, and performed the Splendid Taiwanconcert on 7th October at the University of Michigan, SMTD, Stamps Auditorium, along with cello and violin professor Megan Rohrer, flute professor Amy Porter, percussionist Emily A. Salgado, and Taiwanese pianist Amy I. Cheng, who used to live in the states. The concern program not only included The Four Seasons of Taiwanand A Suite of Taiwan Folk Melodies, which are rich in Taiwanese features, but also consisted ofA Grasshopper Teases a Cock, a double flute concerto that describes Taiwan’s farming life, The April Rain Erhu Fantasy Concerto, a fantasie that has adopted the name of TengYu-Hsien’s April Rain, Clouds Overshadowed by Sunrise , a Yangqin and Piano concerto with Hakka style, and Double Percussion Concerto, which is rearranged with Taitung Amis tune and musical instruments; Taiwanese and American musicians went up to the stage successively and performed fiercely against each other, where the staggered turmoil between the East and the West displayed a musical feast of international standard. With the thundering round of applause requesting for encore, the encore trackBlooming Flowers and Full Moon emitted a joyous atmosphere, making the University of Michigan, SMTD, Stamps Auditorium the center stage of profound exchange and contribution between Taiwanese and American musicians that night.
During its continuous tour schedule in Michigan, the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan specially held a refreshing session ofTraditional Taiwanese Opera workshop at the University of Michigan on 7th October (Mon), where Chang Meng-I, best actress of the year for the Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music, served as the instructor on stage, and demonstrated Taiwanese Opera’s gestures, steps, music, and aria. Multiple administration supervisors and academic directors of the University of Michigan attended the workshop, where they presented encouraging orations at the workshop symposium, and praised the artistry and charm of Taiwanese Opera, as well as recognized how each actor depicted profound dramatic gestures through their outstanding techniques and skills. The Traditional Taiwanese Opera workshop connected audiences in close proximity and a face to face approach, which attracted numerous University of Michigan students and music fans, and received well recognition for the debuted Taiwanese theater art.
2019 North America Tour of the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan on successfully completing two sessions of Splendid Taiwan theater concert, one session of exchange concert for Taiwanese and American music elites, and one session of Taiwanese opera workshop between 1st and 10th October. The NCO used music to meet new friends and solicit overseas compatriots, then through the name of Splendid Taiwan, shared Taiwanese culture and cultural aesthetics, and actively expanded the international stage for Taiwanese culture, which received resounding response of Michigan, and has successfully achieved a significant exchange between Taiwanese and American culture.