|One of Taipei's colorful night markets|
During their stay, Taiwan concert sponsor David Peng treated the Orchestra to a tour of Taipei’s National Palace Museum. Widely regarded as the world's most impressive repository of Chinese art, the collection encompasses 8000 years of Chinese history and does not disappoint. The museum’s creation is an intriguing story of thousands of crates of treasures from Beijing’s Forbidden City, transported and carted around China during the Sino-Japanese War and Chinese Civil War in the 1930’s and 40’s, and eventually brought to Taiwan by Chiang Kai Shek. Highlights include some incredible jadework and Ming pottery.
|National Palace Museum|
|SFS tours the impressive Museum|
|MTT with our congenial host, David Peng|
|Taiwan's Mona Lisa: the impressive Jade Cabbage|
|Next a visit to Taipei's Longshan temple|
|SFS Musicians enjoying a traditional Taiwanese lunch.|
The National Theater and National Concert Hall are twin performing arts venues in the Zhongzheng District of Taipei and comprise one of the most important and stunning arts centers in Asia. Completed in 1987, the buildings are Taiwan’s primary national performing arts venues. The landmarks stand, respectively, on the south and north sides of Liberty Square in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. The SF Symphony was the first American orchestra to perform here, in the performing arts center's inaugural season in 1988. The Orchestra was back in 1992, but the Taiwanese have waited 20 years for their return. Undoubtedly, excitement was running high.
|MTT/SFS goes pop culture in Taiwan magazine stands - the cover of Muzik magazine|
|The impressive National Concert Hall of Taiwan|
|Venue at night before showtime|
|Patrons arrive for the concert|
|Elegant lobby of the hall|
|Our delightful National Museum guide, Jerri So, also owns a bakery.|
Very sweet of her to treat the Orchestra to cupcakes at intermission.
Note to self: potential sponsor of future visit to Taiwan:
|SFS rehearses in the National Concert Hall|
|SFS cellist and Taiwan native Shu Yi Pai (see blog video report)|
The SFS performed two concerts here in Taipei, both programs with pianist Yuja Wang. Yuja wowed the crowds again in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The Orchestra was no less impressive in Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 and Mahler's Symphony No. 5. The wildly enthusiastic, capacity crowd made itself heard, demanding that the Orchestra not wait another 20 years before returning to Taiwan. I think we agree. On to Shanghai.
|Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter (left) offers her|
congratulations to MTT and Yuja Wang backstage
|SFS President Elect Sakurako Fisher (center, with necklace) with SFS Board Member|
Margaret Liu Collins (fourth from right) and Ted Collins, among others
|MTT (far right), David Peng (fourth from left), Joshua Robison (third from left) with fans|
|MTT (right, with pen) mobbed by fans leaving the venue. Rock star !|