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Taiwanese concert pianist performs in United States
Report by CNA
Aug. 13 ,2015
Concert pianist Rueibin Chen (陳瑞斌), one of Taiwan's best-known musical exports, performed July 25 at the Orange County Summer Music Festival in the United States.
Chen was invited as guest pianist to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade," with the Orange County Pacific Symphony at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater.
Music critic Timothy Mangan said in an article published in The Orange County Register that " It satisfied with its abiding intensity and sensitivity, the outer movements were on the fast and forward side, though flexible as need be, with Chen digging into phrases robustly. To the slow movement he brought a lovely sense of the weight of each note, as if they were fat raindrops falling gently in a pond."
Nearly 20,000 people crowded the venue to hear the concert.
Chen said he was honored to be the first pianist from Taiwan to perform with the orchestra and conductor Alejandro Gutierrez, and that he hopes the outdoor concert can encourage audiences to attend more concerts and appreciate classical music.
Orange County's Summer Music Festival has been running for more than 20 years.