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Fans respond passionately to New York Philharmonic concert

2014/02/18 23:08:20

(Photo from Alan Gilbert's website)

Taipei, Feb. 18 (CNA) Taiwanese concertgoers responded enthusiastically Tuesday to a performance by the New York Philharmonic, which is visiting Taiwan for the seventh time.

The orchestra, led by music director Alan Gilbert, played Shostakovich's "Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 99," followed by Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story" and Gershwin's "An American in Paris" during the first of two concerts at the National Concert Hall in Taipei.

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili charmed the audience with her sophisticated solo performance in the violin concerto.

At the end of the program, the audience stayed and cheered for around five minutes, to which the orchestra responded by offering an encore.

Claire Lin, 35, said she has not had a lot of opportunity to hear the Shostakovich piece in Taiwan in the past.

"It was very satisfying," said the regular concertgoer, who was attending a New York Philharmonic concert for the first time.

The orchestra will give another performance on Wednesday, when it will play Rouse's "Rapture," Lindberg's "Piano Concerto No. 2" and Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64."

In a press conference earlier Tuesday, Gilbert expressed his "deep happiness" at visiting Taiwan again after nearly 30 years.

Batiashvili also said she was "extremely excited" to play in the country for the first time, adding that the Shostakovich concerto is a special piece for her as it has influenced her throughout her life.

Taipei is the last leg of the orchestra's Asia tour, which has already taken it to Seoul and various cities in Japan.

The orchestra first visited Taiwan in 1984, when it was one of the first world-class orchestras to perform in the country. It has also visited Taiwan in 1989, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2008.

(By Christie Chen)