Taipei, Berliner Philharmoniker performed in the newly opened National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts Wednesday, with Conductor Gustavo Dudamel praising the venue's great acoustics.
On its fifth visit to Taiwan, the Berliner Philharmoniker played Bernstein's "Divertimento" and Mahler's "Fifth Symphony," with an outdoor live broadcast attracting some 15,000 people.
Venezuelan conductor Dudamel said that compared to the similarly structured Berliner Philharmonie in Berlin, the Kaohsiung hall is like a brand-new instrument, with its own unique qualities and amazing acoustics.
Ludwig Quandt, 1st principal cello of the Berliner Philharmoniker, added that the acoustics are smooth and soft, so that the performers can hear each other on stage even better than in Berlin.
At the end of the performance, Dudamel went out to greet the audience outside the concert hall.
"It is my huge privilege to be here," Dudamel said to the crowd. "You are a wonderful audience and we felt your energy inside. We will see you very soon."
According to the venue's website, the concert hall features a vineyard style, with the seating arrangement encircling the stage, which allows audience at various heights to enjoy the same acoustic and visual effects.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel