Taipei, The Taipei Symphony Orchestra, led by principal conductor Eliahu Inbal, will stage five performances over the next five weeks, in its “The Legend” series, it said Wednesday.
Inbal, who took on the role of principal conductor in August 2019, said he was excited to be working again with the orchestra, following the cancellation of his concerts in the first half of 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Speaking at a press conference, Inbal said he was happy to be able to realize his plan for the orchestra to play all of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies.
The first in the series of five concerts, held Sunday at National Concert Hall, will feature Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder,” which was inspired by Freidrich Rückert’s poems on the loss of his children to scarlet fever. Mezzo-soprano Weng Jo-pei (翁若珮) will appear as the guest singer during the first half, while the second half will feature Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, the group said.
The orchestra said it will play Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 on Nov. 27, and Symphony No. 7 on Dec. 4 at National Concert Hall.
Inbal is also scheduled to conduct the orchestra in two concerts at Zhongshan Hall in Taipei, on Nov. 14 and Dec. 13.
The first one, featuring Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, and guest violinist Tseng Yu-chien (曾宇謙) in Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s “Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64,” is already sold out.
In the first half of the last concert on Dec. 13, guest violinist Tseng Keng-yuen (曾耿元) will perform in the presentation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.35.” The orchestra will play Béla Bartók’s “Concerto for Orchestra, Sz.116” in the second half.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel