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A salute to Taiwan’s musical heritage at the Formosa New Year’s Concert



On the coming New Year”s Day, timeless Taiwanese music will be reinvented with a classical twist at a free concert in Taipei”s Neihu. The 2019 Formosa New Year”s Concert will be an exuberant celebration of Taiwan”s musical heritage, from Hakka melodies to original compositions inspired by the island of Formosa. Spirited melodies fill the air as these musicians interpret a Taiwanese folk song. The inaugural Formosa New Year”s Concert takes the stage on Jan. 1 with a program of Taiwanese music.The New Year”s musical event was initiated by Acer founder Stan Shih, and it”s sponsored by some 10 major corporations.Stan ShihAcer founderIn the future, this will be an event that rivals Vienna”s New Year”s Concert. We hope to showcase Taiwan”s music to the world and to raise its profile.The New Year”s celebration will blend the talents of an orchestra and three acclaimed singers. Formosa TV will live-broadcast the concert online to bring beloved tunes from home to Taiwanese living abroad.Wang Ming-yuFTV presidentPeople can bring blankets and lay them on the ground. If they come a bit earlier, they can have a picnic. Those who can”t make it to the park can watch the live stream.One Song Orchestra will interpret Taiwan”s musical heritage with a Western classical aesthetic, reflecting a diversity of cultures such as that of the Hakka and indigenous peoples.Lee Che-yiOne Song Orchestra founderThis concert is of music that belongs to the Taiwanese. Our repertoire is all Taiwanese pieces. Of course, there are also original works inspired by Taiwan.Henry KaiSingerI hope that you”ll bring your family along to our concert at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 1 at Dahu Park.Entertainer Chen Meifen and 13-time Golden Bell award-winner Chang Han-yang will be the hosts of the concert, which will start the year off right with the first edition of a Taiwanese tradition.

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