Taipei, July 3 (CNA) Taichung will host its first international saxophone competition in mid-October as part of the city government's efforts to promote the instrument, officials said Tuesday.
The contest will be held Oct. 17-19 as a precursor of the city's annual Oct. 20-28 jazz festival, said Taichung Deputy Mayor Hsiao Chia-chi.
In order to attract competitors from home and aboard, the city government will offer a top prize of US$30,000, Hsiao said.
Taiwanese ballads including "The Moon Represents My Heart," "Waiting for Spring Wind" and "Flower in the Rainy Night" will be required tunes for all entries, he added.
He pointed out that the township of Houli, located in the north of the city, is known to saxophone players around the world as "the home of the horn," thanks to its many, mostly family-owned, instrument manufacturing operations that provide OEM instruments for some of the world's biggest names.
More than 60 percent of the world's saxophones come from Houli, he added.
(By Chen Ching-ping and Hanna Liu)