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十二月 22, 2009

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Merry Christmas

十二月 22, 2009

Christmas movie: Ex

十二月 22, 2009

Italian director Fausto Brizzi’s romantic comedy “Ex” will be released island wide on December 25. According to All Movie Guide, the film draws from an ensemble framework and an all-star European cast, including Claudio Bisio, Nancy Brilli, Cristiana Capotondi and Cecile Cassel showing how the encounters of former lovers could lead to hilarious situations. The movie has raked in more than NT$500 million in Italy since it was released this February. A successful screenwriter-turned director, Brizzi became a local phenomenon when his debut feature Night Before Finals (Notte prima degli esami) earned US$ 16 million and became the top-grossing Italian film of all time.

Church service and party at Tunghai University, Taichung

十二月 22, 2009

Tunghai University, Taichung, is most noted for its tolling of the bells on Christmas Eve. Students from nearby universities, such as National Chung Hsing University, Providence University, and Feng Chia University, are drawn to participate in the event every year. Prior to the countdown, three Candle Light Services will be held at the Luce Chapel on Christmas Eve at 8 p.m., 10 p.m., and midnight. In between the Candle Light Services, there will be outdoor Music Services at the Luce Chapel Lawn to be held at 9:10 p.m. and 11:10 p.m. Two large parties are staged simultaneously with the church services. Students at Tunghai University get a half-day off on December 24, and a day off on December 25.

The Good Old Days Christmas Party

十二月 22, 2009

Comedy Club, a nightclub that provides comedy shows in downtown Taipei, is inviting everyone to attend a retro party on December 24, 25 and 26 when people who dress in 60s, 70s, and 80s fancy clothing will have chances to win lucky bags and bag home the “Best Costume Award”. Guests are also welcome to join the Free Wednesday night and meet the guys who really know how to make you laugh so hard, you will cry! Visit http://www.comedy.com.tw/english for more information.

Charity concert in Kaohsiung

十二月 22, 2009

In Kaohsiung, a charity concert featuring pop singers Rachel Liang, Rainie Yang, Peter Pan, Olive, Hsu Chia-ying, just to name a few, will be held at the Hanshin Arena at 7 p.m. on December 19. Prior to the concert, a carnival and a wide variety of performances will take place at the venue to light up the already festive mood. The nearby 30-meter tall LED-decorated Christmas tree adds a warm glow for Christmas. The concert is dedicated to 99 children from a Kaohsiung children’s home.

Party with Yo La Tengo

十二月 22, 2009

Yo La Tengo, one of the best and enduring bands in alternative music, is visiting Taiwan for the 4th time on December 19 at Legacy Taipei. Bringing their newest release entitled “Popular Songs,” Yo La Tengo will celebrate Christmas by presenting their new hit tracks including ‘More Stars than there are in Heaven’ and ‘Nothing to hide.’ Fans are expected to scream the night away with vocalist/guitarist Ira Kaplan’s super-distorted guitar sounds. And you can’t help but rock with Taiwan rock band 88 Guava Seeds. Visit http://blog.roodo.com/hinote/archives/10732853.html for ticketing and venue.

Chill out, have some good Christmas fun

十二月 22, 2009

There is so much to do at Christmas time in Taiwan, even though not many Taiwanese people consider the religious meaning of this special holiday. In Taiwan, where Christians and Catholics account for less than 10 percent of the total population, Christmas for many young people translates into endless parties with friends until midnight. For those who are in the mood for fun and for some good music and movies, check out these recommended things to do.

Vienna State Opera Chorus to bring New Year tradition to Taiwan

十二月 22, 2009

The Vienna State Opera Chorus will return to Taiwan for three 2010 New Year concerts, featuring highlights from Johann Strauss II’s “Die Fledermaus.”

Soprano Keti Tavardi, mezzo-soprano Adrineh Simonian, baritone Zoltan Nagy and tenor Peter Svensson will sing the lead roles from the operetta. Tiziano Duca will be the conductor.

The National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with the Vienna State Opera Chorus to bring to Taiwan for the first time the beautiful Neujahrkonzert tradition with a history of 162 years. Twenty-four singers, including Taiwan’s very own Ho Meng-chieh, will be arriving for the three concerts.

Polka and waltz music will help transport local listeners to Vienna with its old world charm. Johann Strauss II’s “Blue Danube” and Johann Strauss the elder’s “Radetzky March” as program encores promise to work the listeners up and get them in a dancing mood during the first days of the year 2010.

The first of three New Year concerts will take place on January 2 at the Chung Hsing Hall in Taichung. The program will then be presented on January 3 at the Chih Te Hall in Kaohsiung and on January 5 at the National Concert Hall in Taipei.

Send off 2009 and usher in 2010 with NSO

十二月 22, 2009

Performances of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, ‘Choral,’ Op. 125” will be the National Symphony Orchestra’s way of sending off the old year 2009 and ushering in the New Year 2010 at the National Concert Hall in Taipei. There will be a New Year’s Eve countdown on December 31 and it will be followed by a waltz party.

Guenther Gerbig will conduct the musicians at 10 p.m. on December 31, 2009, and at 7:30 p.m. on January 1, 2010. Soprano Chu Tai-li, mezzo-soprano Chen Pei-chi, tenor Steven Harrison, and bass Liau Chong-boon will be the soloists of the vocal parts taken from Fridrich Schiller’s inspiring poem, “Ode to Joy.”

Gerbig will give an eye-opening lecture about Beethoven’s symphony from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on December 27 at the NSO’s rehearsal room on the third floor of the National Concert Hall.