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2019 Asia, October 31: Taipei

October 31, 2019

It’s a rainy Halloween not only in Philadelphia but also in Taipei, as the musicians made their way to the National Concert Hall for their first rehearsal. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Arrival at the National Concert Hall, which is located at Liberty Square (or Freedom Square). The Square, which is a major site for public gatherings, is also home to the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the National Theater. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner warms up in the lobby. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Trumpet player Anthony Prisk finds a quiet spot to warm up. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Cellist Robert Cafaro backstage. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Principal Horn Jennifer Montone and Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa share a laugh and a warm-up space. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky welcomes the musicians to the first rehearsal. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The National Concert Hall. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Assistant Conductor Erina Yashima follows along with the score. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianist Seong-Jin Cho, and the Orchestra rehearse Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto. Photos by Todd Rosenberg

Violinist Booker Rowe. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The horn section. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Seong-Jin and Yannick discuss a few musical points during a break in rehearsal. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Yannick rehearses Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”). Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Yannick met with local press at the National Concert Hall following the rehearsal. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili, who will appear with the Orchestra in its second tour concert, gets a Taiwanese shampoo.

Yannick and Concertmaster David Kim share a laugh backstage before the start of the concert. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Yannick leads pianist Seong-Jin Cho and the Orchestra in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The second half of the concert was Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

 

Yannick presents flowers to English horn player Elizabeth Masoudnia for her wonderful solo in the Largo of the "New World" Symphony. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Members of the Orchestra were joined by musicians from the Taipei Symphony for a post-concert dinner at Din Tai Fung.