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Vienna opera chorus brings joyful singing in NTU hospital

The Vienna State Opera Chorus performs in the National Taiwan University Hospital yesterday. (Central News Agency)

The Vienna State Opera Chorus performs in the National Taiwan University Hospital yesterday. (Central News Agency)

The Vienna State Opera Chorus (VSOC) visited the National Taiwan University Hospital yesterday, singing three Christmas carols and one Taiwanese song for the hospital’s patients and their families.

The song Formosa Sunrise is composed by a well-known conductor Gordon Shi-wen Chin, born in Yunlin County, Taiwan.

Eliza Marian-Zurmann, executive director of the VSOC, said that they were very glad to do singing in the hospital in Taiwan because this was their first time to perform here.

The choral group, she added, has often sung joyful songs for patients in hospitals and for the elderly at nursing homes in Vienna. Some people would cry while listening to the choir’s singing.

"Most people with cancers spent their last Christmas or New Year in hospice,” she said. “They knew they would never go home.”

But the chorus hopes to bring happiness for music lovers by singing joyful songs. To celebrate the coming of the New Year, 30 members of the choral group will perform at a concert tonight in Taipei with the National Symphony Orchestra, and twelve are slated to sing two pieces in Hualien tomorrow morning.

The Hualien audience can enjoy a Christian hymn, Amazing Grace, and Beethoven’s piece, the Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125, also known as Ode To Joy.


Updated : 2021-03-01 22:53 GMT+08:00