Led by Music Director Jun Märkl, the Taiwan Philharmonic is honored to return to the United States for a national tour this spring. The 2023 tour launches in New York City with a chamber music concert at Alice Tully Hall (April 14) celebrating the Taiwan Philharmonic’s long-term friendship with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, then proceeds to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. presented by Washington Performing Arts (April 19), returns to New York City at David Geffen Hall as presented by the New York Philharmonic (April 21), and concludes at Wentz Concert Hall in the western Chicago suburb of Naperville (April 23).
The wide-ranging repertoire on the tour celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of cultures in Taiwan by including two unique Taiwanese works, alongside European classics. Two unique Taiwanese includes a new work, Ebbs and Flows, by Taiwanese composer Ke-Chia Chen (she/her) – co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts and Muzik3 Foundation, Inc – and the second is from Taiwanese composer Yuan-Chen Li’s (she/her) Tao of Meinong, commissioned by Hakka Affairs Council. It reflects concepts in ancient Chinese phonology, Taiwanese chamber and aboriginal music, Asian traditional arts, literature, and Buddhism, resulting in a cross-cultural and cross-disciplined approach to music.
The European repertoire on the tour includes Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, a work for violin and orchestra inspired by Scottish folk songs, performed with Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang; Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture; and Debussy’s La Mer, which highlights one of Maestro Märkl’s most celebrated specialties of French classical repertoire. The Taiwan Philharmonic aspires to resonate throughout the world as the cultural ambassador, and is devoted to bringing joy to audiences through memorable, high-quality performances.