The Sound of Zen: A Tribute to Luo Fu
Venue: Concert Hall
The Great Compassion Mantra and my Interpretation
for 3 Sopranos, 3 Dancers, a Little Monk, Mixed Chorus, and Percussions
Symphony No. 3- For Chorus and Orchestra
I. Movement Andante Moderato
II. Movement Andante
III. Movement Adagio・Molto Allegro
IV. Movement Andante Face off the Sea (Zen Poetry by Luo Fu)
Lou Fu, Poet
Lou Fu is a poet, a critic, a writer as well as a calligrapher. He was born in Henyang, Hunan province, China, and graduated from the English Department of Tamkang University in Taiwan. He then taught in the English Department in Taiwan’s Soochow University. Together with poets ZHANG Mo and Ya Hsien, he started Genesis Poets in 1954, and was its editor in chief for decades. Lou Fu is an influential figure in the development of contemporary poetry in Taiwan and his works have been translated into English, French, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Swedish among others. Lou Fu’s works have also been selected by for inclusion in a number of prestigious anthologies including The Selected Poetry of Ten Contemporary Chinese Poets (Taiwan) in 1977.
Lou Fu’s publications are rich and varied, including poetry such as The Hurt of Time and some thirty others; eight essays such as An Afternoon Lotus; six reviews such as The Poet’s Mirror; nine works of translation such as Victor Hugo and His World. His best-known poetry work Death of a Stone Cell has been widely praised by the poetry world and reviews are still appearing after forty years. Death of a Stone Cell was translated into English and published by Taoran Press in San Francesco in the US in October 1994. His long poem The Republication of Blood won the recommendation award from Taiwan’s China Times Literary Awards in 1982. In the same year, his poetry The Hurt of Time won the Chung Shan Literary Award. In 1986, he won the WU Shan-lien Literary Award, and then Taiwan’s National Award for Arts in 1991. In 2003, he was given the Life Achievement Award by Taiwan’s Chinese Writers & Artists Association. In 2004, Lou Fu won the International Poetry Award in Beijing which held the ceremony for the first time. In 1999, Lou Fu’s poetry Mo Ge (Song of Enchantment) was praised as a Taiwanese literary classic. In 2003, his long poem of more than 3,000 lines Floating Wood was published and astonished the Chinese-speaking poetry world. In the same year, Lou Fu was acclaimed as taking first place in “The Top Ten Contemporary Taiwanese Poets”.
CHIEN Nan-chang, Composer
CHIEN Nan-chang was born in China and raised in Taiwan. He studied in College of Chinese Culture, majoring in piano, and studied composition privately by Professor LIU De-I in 1966. In 1973, CHIEN studied composition in Hochschule fuer Musik in Munich, Germany with Professor Wilhelm Killmayer. In May 1978, his work Five Chinese Songs for Soprano and Orchestra was performed by Muenchener Philharmoniker (The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra), sung by DU Ling-chang and conducted by Wilhelm Killmayer. In the same year, he received the artistic diploma in Munich and came back to Taiwan. As a composition Professor he taught in the College of Chinese Culture. In September 1985, his orchestral piece Dragon Dance was recorded at the Bavarian Radio Station by the Munich Radio Orchestra, and broadcasted to all the European countries through the air. It was a great honor for him, also for the music society in Taiwan. In September 1985, he came back to Taiwan again and taught in the College of Chinese Culture. From 1989 to 2013, he was a music professor at the Taipei University of the Arts.
Professor CHIEN Nan-chang has a various amount in compositions, which includes: instrumental, vocal, choral, chamber, orchestral, percussion ensemble and opera music.
With the composition Beat the Drum, The Maiden of Malan, Buddhist Requiem, he won “The Best Composer” in the Golden Melody Awards of the year 1997, 1998 and 2002. He was also nominated for “The Best Composer” in the Golden Melody Awards with the choral piece I am Flying in 2001.
CHENG Li-pin, Conductor
CHENG Li-pin is one of the most widely- acclaimed conductors in Taiwan. Noted for a versatile repertoire and profound interpretation of the pieces, members of the orchestra can always unlock their potentials at his guidance, no matter the nature of the pieces.
From 2003 to 2004, CHENG served as the assistant conductor of Taipei Symphony Orchestra. He has been invited as a guest conductor for numerous Chinese and Western Orchestras. Invitations from China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan have also arrived for CHENG to perform there, where he plied his trade. He also published 15 recordings. In 2017, CHENG won the Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music for “Best Interpretation of Conductor”.
In between 2007 to 2015, CHENG served at the Chinese Music Department, Chinese Culture University as the associate professor. He was appointed as the general director of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra (TCO) in 2015, and widely expected to lead the TCO to new artistic heights.
HSIEH Chieh-hua, Director
HSIEH Chieh-hua is the Artistic Director of Anarchy Dance Theatre. HSIEH’s works have a unique quality, derived from his dual background in architecture and dance. His pieces possess strong structural characteristics and embody creative perspectives regarding time, space and energy, which are deeply embedded within layers of meaning. Because of the well-constructed layers, the audience is often encouraged to trace their own thoughts relative to the meaning of dance. HSIEH’s acclaimed works of choreography include Second Body (2015) and Seventh Sense (2011), which mainly focus on interactive dance performance. HSIEH has been invited to several international festivals including Ars Electronica, TodaysArt Festival, and the George Town Festival. Since 2015, he has co-created a series of dance- installations with choreographer TUNG I-fen such as You Choreograph, which seeks to expand the expression of dance beyond traditional concepts of performance. HSIEH Chieh-hua was also the director/choreographer for section one of the opening ceremony of the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei.
Taipei Philharmonic Chorus
Founded in 1972, Taipei Philharmonic Chorus has established a reputation as one of the most prestigious choruses in Taiwan. The Chorus is awarded and sponsored by the Ministry of Cultural from 1994 to date as an “Outstanding Performing Group”. The Chorus has collaborated with the NSO for several events, repertoire including Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Mendelssohn Elijah and Symphony No. 2, Mahler Symphony No. 2, 3, 8, Bizet Carmen, Puccini Madama Butterfly, Britten War Requiem, Orff Carmina Burana, to name a few. From the 140-voice chorus, a 40-voice chamber choir is selected to tour and to perform more selected works, and has an impressive history of overseas performances. Together with the chorus, both groups have been invited to perform in many different festivals and countries.
National Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1986, the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), also known as Taiwan Philharmonic, became the resident orchestra of the National Concert Hall, and an artistic affiliate of the National Performing Arts Center in April 2014. The orchestra has benefited from the leadership of many music directors and principal conductors, including Gerard Akoka, Urs Schneider, HSU Tsang-houei, CHANG Da-shen, Jahja Ling, CHIEN Wen-pin and Güther Herbig. Since August 2010, Maestro LÜ Shao-chia has been Music Director of NSO and will lead the NSO continually to further enrich its performances and carry out its mission as the flagship of classical ensemble in Taiwan. The NSO works regularly with internationally acclaimed musicians, including Lorin Maazel, K. Penderecki, Rudolf Barshai, LIM Kek-tjiang, G. Schwarz, Uri Mayer, Joseph Silverstein, Leonard Slatkin, Christopher Hogwood, Christopher Poppen and many others. Tour performances were also regularly offered throughout Taiwan and in overseas, in places such as Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sapporo, Tokyo, Yokohama, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Costa Mesa, and Vancouver.
Organizer: National Theater and Concert Hall
Co-organizer: Taipei Philharmonic Foundation for Culture and Education
◎Approx. 120 minutes including intermission
◎The program is subject to change
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