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TSO’s brass sextet does a flash mob show to celebrate sister cities anniversary

 From the right:Liu Jingyan,Ms. Anderson,He Kangguo,Lu Zhiquan and Wang Ruixiang.
Photo by Taipei City Government
From the right: Liu Jingyan (劉經嚴), head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta; Ms. Anderson, protocol officer of the PR and International Department of Atlanta International Airport; He Kangguo (何康國), the concertmaster of Taipei Symphony Orchestra;  Lu Zhiquan (呂志全), chief of the Atlanta Taiwanese Emergency Assistance; and Wang Ruixiang (王瑞祥), committee member of the Overseas Community Affairs Council, Taiwan.

By Dory Chung
 
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je led a delegation in March to visit Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta City, Georgia to celebrate the 40-year friendship between the two cities. Taipei and Atlanta have been sister cities since 1979. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, Atlanta invited the Taipei Symphony Orchestra to come and perform.
 
The Washington Performing Arts Center and the Overseas Community Affairs Council, Taiwan jointly coordinated the TSO’s concert tour in the US starting on November 14th. Atlanta International Airport asked the TSO’s brass sextet to do a flash mob show in the main departure area. The show began at 5 pm, November 16th, right after the group landed. They performed Taiwanese music for airline passengers.
 
The Taipei Symphony Orchestra’s brass sextet gave a surprising performance at the Atlanta International Airport.
Photo by Taipei City Government
The Taipei Symphony Orchestra’s brass sextet gave a surprising performance at the
Atlanta International Airport.

The sextet performed Antonio Lucio Vivaldi’s “L'autunno”, Antonín Leopold Dvořák’s “Going Home”, Taiwan classic song “Green Island Serenade” and “Taipei Sky”. Their audience swooned at the mix of classical symphony and Taiwanese music.
 
The sextet actually did a flash mob show at the airport.
Photo by Taipei City Government
The sextet actually did a flash mob show at the airport.
 
The Taipei Symphony Orchestra also gave a concert at Georgia State University, Atlanta, on November 17th. Lin Wangjie (林望傑), the conductor, Huang Junwen (黃俊文), the violinist, and Fan Yazhi (范雅志), the cellist, gave a great performance, further strengthening the friendship between the two cities.
 
Taipei City is a sister city of 49 cities in 35 countries. In the US alone, it has 12 sister cities, including famous cities such as Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Boston. Atlanta is the capital and the largest city in Georgia. It has a population of 6 million and is the 9th largest city in the US.