Veteran singer Tarcy Su staged a show at the Taipei Music Center on Saturday last week, becoming the first to hold a large solo concert at the venue since it opened in Taipei’s Nangang District on Aug. 27. After releasing her first album for 13 years in March, Su finally held the first paid concert in her music career spanning three decades since 1990.
To celebrate the grand opening of the new multipurpose center, singer-songwriter Kay Huang, the center’s chairwoman, also launched an inaugural concert featuring various artists on Sept. 5. The lineup included Golden Melody Award-winning singer LaLa Hsu, singer Waa Wei and band Sodagreen, which performed under a temporary stage name “Oaeen” due to a contract dispute with its former label.
The Taipei Music Center, which cost NT$6 billion (about US$204.8 million) to build, is divided into three parts: the 6,000-capacity Performance Hall, the Pop Music Culture Hall and the Industrial Hall. It is part of the government’s efforts to boost Taiwan’s status as a hub in the Mando-pop world.
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(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
1. paid concert phr. 售票演唱會 (shou4 piao4 yan3 chang4 hui4)
2. stage name phr. 藝名 (yi4 ming2)
3. capacity n. 容量 (rong2 liang4)
4. hub n. 中心、樞紐 (zhong1 xin1, shu1 niu3)
5. Mando-pop / n. 華語流行音樂 (hua2 yu3 liu2 xing2 yin1 yue4)
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