Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) London Symphony Orchestra is set to perform in Taiwan in March on a visit that will take it to southern Taiwan for the first time. Led by British conductor Daniel Harding, the orchestra will hold a concert at the National Concert Hall in Taipei on March 6 and another at Jhide Hall in Kaohsiung the following day, the Ministry of Culture announced Monday. The orchestra will play Mussorgsky's "Night on the Bare Mountain," Rachmaninov's "Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30" and Stravinsky's ballet "Petrushka" in Taipei, according to the Management of New Arts (MNA), which is jointly promoting the concerts. In Kaohsiung, it will perform Prokofiev's "Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16" and Mahler's "Symphony No. 1 in D Major," MNA said. The concert in Kaohsiung is part of a series of art events that the Kaohsiung-based Preparatory Office of the Wei Wu Ying Center for the Arts will launch beginning in March this year. Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai said her ministry budgets up to NT$50 million (US$1.66 million) each year for the Wei Wu Ying office to organize programs for audiences in central and southern Taiwan. The office has spent NT$7 million to invite the London Symphony Orchestra to Kaohsiung, according to the ministry.
The orchestra first performed in Taiwan in 2007. (By Sabine Cheng and Christie Chen)