Young U.S. musicians give flash mob performances in Taiwan

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Young U.S. musicians give flash mob performances in Taiwan

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) Members of a young orchestra group from the United States gave flash mob-style concerts at the Taichung and Nangang high-speed rail stations on Monday as part of a series of events organized by the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC).

The flash mob members were part of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), consisting of 106 young musicians aged 16-19 who are currently in Taiwan until July 24 on their 2018 Asia Tour, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said.

The two performances were conducted by 13 members of the group as part of THSRC's "First Year of Arts" events that bring arts to non-traditional audiences and venues, the AIT said.

The flash mob's presence at the Nangang Station was also to celebrate the recent dedication of the AIT's new office building in nearby Neihu.

Eric Aldrich, a cultural affairs officer in AIT's Public Diplomacy Section, said the performances are opportunities for young American musicians to interact with the Taiwan public before their official performance at the National Concert Hall on Tuesday.

After Taiwan, the group will perform in Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and Daejeon, the AIT said.

The THSRC event, which began in May and was organized with the National Cultural and Arts Foundation (NCAF), invites musicians and artists from home and abroad to perform at high-speed railway stations across Taiwan and will run until the end of July.

(By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)
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