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TSO presents outdoor musical delight for pets and owners

1. Taipei Symphony Orchestra (TSO) welcomes pet owners to bring animal companions to Taipei’s Da'an Forest Park for a “pets welcome” outdoor concert.

Pet owners were invited to take their animal companions to Taipei’s Da'an Forest Park last weekend for a “pets welcome” outdoor concert performed by the Taipei Symphony Orchestra (TSO).

Commencing at 7.30 pm, the concert featured musical numbers with animal themes, from common household pets like cats, dogs, birds and turtles to other animals such as elephants, dragonflies and sharks.

TSO regarded its first outdoor concert of the year as an important opportunity to come face to face with Taipei residents. Accordingly, the program included some more laid-back and whimsical pieces of classical music as well as popular pieces that may be more familiar to the general public.

2. Well-trained pets make the perfect audience during concert rehearsals.

The program included: P. I. Tchaikovsky: Polonaise; C. Saint-Saëns: Volière;
Josef Strauss: Dorfschwalben aus Österreich; C. Saint-Saëns: Swan; P. I. Tchaikovsky: Blue Bird; Leroy Anderson: The Waltzing Cat; G. Faure: Waltzing Cat / M-I-A-U;
Josef Strauss: Die Liebelle; N. Rimsky-Korsarkov: Flight of the Bumble Bee; J. Williams: Jaws; H. Mancini: Pink Panther / Baby Elephant Walk; H. Berlioz: Dance of the Sylphs; C. Saint-Saëns: Elephant / Turtle; J. Offenbach: Can-can.

The musical extravaganza was headed by internationally renowned conductor Yeh Ho-chung. Yeh joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1999, an experience that gave him the opportunity to work closely with some of the world’s greatest musicians.

Yeh has received many invitations to serve as guest conductor with orchestras around the world. In 2001, he founded the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, and served concurrently as music director and conductor.

Known for his creativity and strong leadership, Yeh has been praised by Estonian critic Heill Vaus-Tamm for his elegance, even when conducting musical pieces that do not emphasize the skill of the conductor. The Chicago Times also lauded Yeh’s conducting style as unique and very personal.

3. TSO members were invited to bring pets to rehearsals before the official concerts on April 9 and 10.

Photo credit: TSO