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Concert at Presidential Office showcases Taiwan's diverse cultures

2016/11/19 19:44:50

(Photo courtesy of the Presidential Office)

Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) The Presidential Office held a concert Saturday featuring several Taiwanese musicians and singers to showcase the diverse cultures in Taiwan.

It was the first concert staged at the Presidential Office since 2010 and was broadcast live on the Presidential Office website.

In her opening remarks, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) praised the participating musicians, saying that they represented "the voices of Taiwan."

Chien Wen-pin (簡文彬), a well-known Taiwanese classical conductor, was commissioned to plan the concert, with the goal of promoting Taiwanese musical talent and demonstrating the government's efforts to promote cultural activities.

The concert included songs in various genres, from classical music to folk and pop songs, according to the program.

Taiwanese cellist Chien Pi-Chin (簡碧青) played Bach's "Suite for Cello Solo No. 3 in C Major." Chien also performed in a concert at the Presidential Office 17 years ago.

Indigenous musicians Panai and Nabu performed "It's Alright," "Maybe One Day" and the ancient Amis tune "Dulan."

Also performing was the Bleinders -- a Taiwanese a cappella group composed of eight members who are visually impaired. They sang various songs, including the Taiwanese folk song "Olive Tree" and pop song "Give Me a Kiss," as well as English songs "I Sing You Sing" and "the Lion Sleeps Tonight."

Visually impaired students from Taipei and Taichung, as well as physically challenged students in Taipei, were invited to enjoy the concert, the Presidential Office said.

Several foreign officials based in Taiwan were also in attendance, it said.

(By Sophia Yeh and Elaine Hou)
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