Taipei, A concert was held Saturday at the Taipei Music Center for an audience of 5,000, as part of the tests on the new government facility ahead of its inauguration next month.
The 5,000 people packed the concert hall, the main performance venue at the center, which was at full capacity, while four singers performed during the free three-hour concert.
“The Taipei Music Center is ready,” the center’s chairperson Kay Huang (黃韻玲) said, at the start of the concert, which was also attended by Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).
The center includes an exhibition hall, music classrooms, rehearsal rooms, offices, and recording studios.
Singer-songwriter Agoo Lu (呂思緯/鼓鼓) opened the concert with some of his songs and said he is also scheduled to hold a solo concert at the center on Nov. 21.
The Taipei Music Center, spread over 8.96-hectares on Civic Boulevard in Nangang District, was initiated by the central government and handed over to the Taipei City government in 2008 for construction and management.
In a statement released by the city government after Saturday’s concert, Mayor Ko said it has been a difficult project that took 17 years of planning and construction, but it has finally been completed.
The concert was “stress test” aimed at fine tuning the sound and lighting equipment and testing the flow of patrons in and out of the venue, he said.
In the statement, Tsai Tsung-hsiung (蔡宗雄), head of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, said some issues, such as water leakages, were found during the test run, and they will be fixed before the official opening of the center on Sept. 5.
At the September opening, the star-studded cast of performers will include singers Waa Wei (魏如萱) and Lala Hsu (徐佳瑩), and the legendary Taiwanese band Sodagreen, which recently changed its name to Oaeen.
On Oct. 3, the annual Golden Melody Awards — the top music awards for Mando-pop artists — will be held at the center, with Wei as the host.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel