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Evergreen Symphony Orchestra tribute Australian Tour

13 July, 2015

Dated: July 10, 2015
Evergreen Symphony Orchestra tribute Australian Tour
Founded and supervised by the Chang Yung-Fa Foundation, the 86-member Evergreen Symphony
Orchestra (ESO), Taiwan’s only privately run symphony orchestra, is touring Australia from July 12 to July 14, 2015. The tour marks the first performance of a professional Taiwanese symphony orchestra at the Sydney Opera House and is dedicating the concert to Taiwanese composer Ma Shui-long, who recently passed away. The highlight of the concert program will be Ma’s bestknown work, Bamboo Flute Concerto.
Evergreen Group Vice Group Chairman Raymond Lin said: “the ESO’s tour has great significance because it displays Taiwan’s “soft power” to the Australian audience and will help advance cultural exchanges between the two countries”.
During its Australia tour, the ESO is also performing at Brisbane City Hall on Tuesday June 14.
The orchestra is collaborating with two young musicians for the highlights of the program:
Amblyopic bamboo flutist Cin-lin Miu is performing Bamboo Flute Concerto, while Australiabased
Taiwanese violist Harmonnia Junus is performing the poignant Butterfly Lovers Violin
Concerto. The program also includes a range of Taiwanese folk songs to assuage the overseas
Chinese audience’s homesickness and light-hearted classical favorites to regale Australian music lovers.
Raymond Lin stated: “in consultation with Professor Ma Shui-long, the ESO had performed Bamboo Flute Concerto at many concerts in Taiwan and abroad and it is appropriate that we honour one of the greatest Taiwanese composers of our times with this fusion of Chinese and Western classical music at the Sydney Opera House as a tribute to this great master”.
Professor Ma Shui-long dedicated his life to musical composition, performance, and education. As former President of the Taipei National University of the Arts, he set up Spring Autumn Music to
provide contemporary Taiwanese composers a new stage. He was the first Taiwanese composer to have an entire concert of his works performed at the Lincoln Center in New York.
Set up in 2002, the ESO has toured 29 cities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, giving over 600 performances. The ESO is one of the few symphony orchestras in the world that have, on different
occasions, worked with all of the Three Tenors: Jose Carreras, Plácido Domingoand the late Luciano Pavarotti.
Concert: Brisbane City Hall
Date: 7:30pm Tuesday June 14, 2015

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