Although the blizzard “Juno” will impact the northeast side of America tomorrow (January 27), there will be four concerts performing my pieces in Iceland and Taiwan this week. I am thrilled that my latest piece, Four Miniatures for Oboe and Clarinet, will have its Iceland tour this week. It will be a debut of my piece in Iceland as well as a part of concerts of Foot in the Door Contemporary Ensemble of the Hartt School. The Iceland tour of my piece is including three concerts, Mengi at Reykjavík on 9pm January 28, Gullkistan at Laugaravatn on 12pm January 30, and Sunnlenska Bókakaffið at Selfoss on 5:30pm January 30. Thank oboist Ling-Chun Yeh and clarinetist Alexander Kollias for bringing this piece to Iceland.
On 6pm January 31, Taipei Century Choir and conductor Li-Fen Chen will perform my piece, The Flight Log for Mixed Chorus and Piano, again at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. Free Admission! If you have free time, please come to the concerts for supporting the musicians, singers and me. Thank you very much!
I will set off to Japan tomorrow (October 31) for participating in the 32nd Asian Composers League Festival and Conference (ACL Festival). The first part of the 32nd ACL Festival will take place in Yokohama from November 1st to 4th, and the second part will take place in Tokyo from November 5th to 7th. My piece, Unbearable Pain and Watery Eyes for violin, percussion and piano, will be performed in the Sakura Hall of Shibuya Cultural Center Owada in the second chamber music concert of ACL Festival at 2pm on November 5th. It will be the second performance of this piece; in the meantime, it will be a Japan debut of my piece. I am very much looking forward to it.
By the way, my On the Island for high voice and piano will be performed in Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan) at 2pm on November 1. Admission Free! If you have free time, please support me for these two events no matter you are in Tokyo or Taipei. Thank you!
The Flight Log for Mixed Chorus and Piano will reprise twice in Taiwan, one is in Changhua on September 21 and another one is in National Concert Hall in Taipei on October 1. I am excited that finally Taipei Century Choir will perform this piece which was commissioned by them, and especially thank the conductor Li-Fen Chen for making these two performances possible. In the meantime, Taipei Century Choir will premiere a new work of Hui-Ni Chang, Rain, Dew, Frost and Snow, in the same concerts. The Flight Log will be the last piece in the concerts and this is a piece using three different flying objects, stars, a kite and wings, to describe three different stories of chasing a dream. Please be there for supporting Taipei Century Choir and me, and you will fly with my words, my notes and the power of live concerts. Thank you.
21 28, 2014 at Yuanlin Performance Hall, Changhua, Taiwan
7:30pm, October 1, 2014 at National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei Century Choir Concert
Li-Fen Chen conducts Taipei Century Choir
I-Ta Wang, piano
Ticket: Taipei Century Choir Concert
[Update (9/20)] The concert on September 21 has postponed to September 28 due to the typhoon “Fung-Wong”.
Phantasy for oboe and English horn will get its 12th performance tonight. It is also the first performance of this piece in 2014. Please come tonight and support me and Oboe Duo Agosto (Charles Huang and Ling-Fei Kang). Admission is free. Thank you!
Time: 6pm (March 20)
Venue: Centinel Hill Auditorium (11F), Capital Community College (950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103)
I was back to Taiwan for the winter break on December 7, and I am glad that I am able to come back earlier before the end of the fall semester to listen to the premiere performance of my choral piece The Flight Log for mixed chorus and piano. I composed this piece in 2005 (eight years ago), and finally it will get the premiere opportunity on December 11, 2013. Thank the conductor Li-Fen Chen to make the premiere performance possible. Thank Taiwan National Choir and the conductor Chun-Chiang Chiu for willing to learn this piece and perform it in National Recital Hall. It makes me feel grateful that such a dusty piece in my bookshelf is going to reborn and become a real sound to the world; in the meanwhile, I am checking the oneself I have been before and grabbing the precious memories through my music. I am looking forward to it!
7:30pm, December 11, 2013
TNC Taiwanese Choral Works
National Recital Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
Chun-Chiang Chiu conducts Taiwan National Choir
Shih-Hsing Lin, piano
ArtsTicket.com: TNC Taiwanese Choral Works
My new piece, Tidal Movements for double bass quartet, will present twice this February. On both two Sundays (Feb. 17 and 24) and both at 5pm, tides will go to two different places. First, tides will go to Louisiana State University as programming in the Louisiana Bass Fest Concert. It is my pleasure that Eastman School of Music bass faculty James VanDemark and LSU School of Music bass faculty Yung-Chiao Wei will perform this piece. Second, tides again will go to the Hartt School. After attending one rehearsal of this piece at Hartt, I am glad to know that the Hartt School bass faculty Robert Black, who gave me an opportunity to make this piece born into the world, will involve performing this piece in the Hartt Bass Band concert as well. I am so excited and looking forward to both of two concerts. For more information, please visit the “Performances” page.
FINAL UPDATE!!! The Hartt Bass Band concert will be at 8pm on March 10. It is on Sunday at Room F163 of the Hartt School. (March 6)
UPDATE!!! The Hartt Bass Band concert has been postponed due to that the Prof. Black has a serious accident recently. More information about this concert will be announced later. Hope Prof. Black can have a good rest and recover soon. (February 17)
My Phantasy for oboe and English horn, commissioned by Oboe Duo Agosto, will have its eighth and ninth performances in November. I am excited to have short trips with Oboe Duo Agosto for attending these two concerts.
The eighth performance of Phantasy will be at the Danbury Public Library (170 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810) on November 4 (tomorrow! at 2pm). Free admission, but registration required online at danburylibrary.org. The ninth performance of Phantasy will be at Old St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (59 Tariffville Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002) on November 16 (7pm). Ticket can be purchased for $10 each by emailing email@example.com or by calling (860) 653-7441 (I think it can purchase tickets at the church on the concert day). For more information, please visit www.oldstandrews.net. For the program notes and recording, please click this link, “Phantasy“.