Chimei Museum’s festival highlights classical music in


Tainan, July 19 (CNA) The annual Chimei Music Festival will focus on classical music used in movies and showcase Chimei Museum’s vast collection of string instruments, according to the museum in Tainan.

The 2023 event, the fourth edition, will begin in September under the title “Classical Music & Cinema,” the museum said in a statement released Monday.

This year’s festival takes public culture onto the stage, focusing on the seemingly very different aesthetic forms of classical music and film. One lecture and four concerts will seek to stimulate the imagination of the audience, classical music commentator and festival producer Chiao Yuan-pu (焦元溥) said in the statement.

This is a shift away from the focus of past festivals on classical composers like Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), as well as Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) and Franz Liszt (1811-1886) of the Romantic period.

The festival will begin on Sept. 9 with a two-hour talk by Chiao on how classic music has been used by filmmakers, and how film scores have been influenced as a result, he said in a promotional video posted on the museum’s website.

The Sept. 9 event will be followed by four concerts scheduled in October and early November, with Chiao giving a pre-show talk for each of concerts planned for this year’s festival, sharing stories behind the music used in the movies with the audience, according to the museum.

The first concert on Oct. 7 is a recital performed by pianist Evan Wong (汪奕聞), who will play works composed by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and French composer Claude Debussy, which are featured in movies, such as “The Legend of 1900” and “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” the museum said.

The second concert on Oct. 14 will be headlined by clarinetist Lai Chun-yen (賴俊諺), an associate principal of the National Symphony Orchestra, according to the museum.

Lai will be joined by pianist Fan Chen-lin (范珍綾) and bandoneon player Lee Chen-chung (李承宗) and play Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: II. Adagio” in the 1985 film “Out of Africa,” as well as George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Summertime” from his opera “Porgy and Bess.”

The trio will end the concert with “Oblivion” and “Libertango” by Argentine tango composer Astor Astor Piazzolla, who was also a bandoneon player himself, according to the statement.

The third concert will be performed by a trio formed by members of the Southern Taiwan Chamber Music Society, including pianist Wu Ya-hsin (吳亞欣), violinist Hsueh Chi-chang (薛志璋) and cellist Victor Coo (高炳坤).

Hsueh and Coo will perform with Stradivari’s “Dushkin,” once owned by American violinist Samuel and “Pawle,” a cello named after one of its former owners, British collector Fraderick Pawle, according to the museum.

The three concerts will be held at the museum in Tainan, while the fourth will take place at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in the southern port city on Nov. 4, the museum said.

The concert will be performed by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra with Japanese conductor Eiji Oue and guest violinist William Wei (魏靖儀), playing two works by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky — fantasy overture “Romeo and Juliet” and “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35,” as well as Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92,” said the museum.

The museum said it will provide Stradivari’s violin “Wirth” and eight string instruments produced by Ansaldo Poggi between 1928 and 1967 in its collection for the Nov. 4 concert.

(By Yang Sz-ruei and intern Huang Pin-yu)


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