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Children's choir from Taiwan wins applause at German festival

2012/05/09 18:45:58

Berlin, May 9 (CNA) Members of the Puzangalan Children's Choir from southern Taiwan received a round of enthusiastic applause after performing on the opening of the 2012 International Children's Choir Festival in Dresden, Germany on Tuesday evening.

The 33-member choir, established by Jia Yi Elementary School in Pingtung County in 2008, sang the Paiwan tribal ballad "Tiyaku Amen Yisu" at the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) during the opening concert of the event, which is in its fourth year.

The choir, which many believe contains some of the most beautiful voices in Taiwan, has the youngest average age of all the choirs attending the seven-day event from countries like China, Austria, Lithuania, Belarus and the Czech Republic.

It is scheduled to perform two more concerts focusing on Paiwan's traditional music and children's ballads May 10 and 13.

Besides the three concerts in Dresden, the Taiwanese group will attend music workshops and sing with the Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir, the festival organizer said.

After concluding its German tour, the group is scheduled to perform May 14 at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, the capital of landlocked Austria, and then return to Taiwan May 17.

(By Lillian Lin and Hanna Liu)