Memorial concert to be held for Taiwan's Rachmaninoff in U.S.

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Memorial concert to be held for Taiwan's Rachmaninoff in U.S.

Los Angeles, July 26 (CNA) The first Tyzen Hsiao (蕭泰然) Music Festival will be held in Los Angeles in August to remember the musician known as "Taiwan's Rachmaninoff" who died in 2015.

The centerpiece of the festival will be a concert sponsored by the Tyzen Hsiao Foundation and Taiwan's Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on August 9.

The concert will be headlined by Taiwan's National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Chen Mei-ann (陳美安), and international pianist Gwhyneth Chen (陳毓襄) will play the Piano Concerto in C Minor by Hsiao, said musician Ahhee Hsu at a press conference Thursday.

Also, soprano Chen Li-chan (陳麗嬋) will sing "The Fairest Flower" and other classic Hsiao songs, while the 216-member Taiwanese American Chorale of Southern California will perform choral works by Hsiao, including "Love and Hope" and "Taiwan the Green," Hsu said.

Remembered as the Taiwanese Rachmaninoff because of his rich tonal style, Hsiao devoted his life to the fusion of Taiwanese and Western music.

He received a master's degree from UCLA Music Institute in 1986, which helped establish a musical style that combined Taiwanese ballads with Western classical techniques.

(By Tsao Yu-fan and CNA intern Ting Hou)

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