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- Sat Nov 03 2018 7:30 PM
Considered “one of Asia’s best” by The Los Angeles Times, the Taiwan Philharmonic is an affiliate of the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, Taiwan’s leading center for the performing arts. Led by Shao-Chia Lü, the orchestra has increased the country's cultural stature at home and on the international stage. For its Seattle debut, the orchestra performs works by Brahms and Gordon Chin, one of Taiwan's most prolific and sought after composers. The orchestra is joined by acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough for Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1.
Lü has an innate gift for flow and pulse. His tight, buoyant rhythms are the perfect match for this orchestra’s incisive rhythms and astounding ensemble-sine qua non qualities.
—American Record Guide
About Stephen Hough
Hough’s impeccable ear for the inner voice, his way with line, the sheer musicality of his approach came through with crystal clarity. He’s truly an exquisite player.
— Musical America
CHI MEI FOUNDATION INSTRUMENTS
This performance features two violins on loan to members of the Philharmonic from the Chi Mei Foundation collection of instruments: one made in 1705 by Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andrea, and a 1734 instrument by Sanctus Seraphin. The Chi Mei Foundation — established by Wen-Long Shi, founder of the Chi Mei Corporation and uncle of our Meany Advisory Board member Cathy Hughes — has a Taiwanese violin collection representing over 1,750 of the world's most valuable violins. For more information, visit the Chi Mei Museum website.
GORDON CHIN: “Dancing Song” from Three Aboriginal Songs for Orchestra
LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, S. 124
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73