Discovery travel show host to play violin in two concerts

One famed TV travel show host Janet Hsieh will make her debut at the National Concert Hall in Taipei on Saturday and Sunday with some of top Taiwanese violinists.

These distinguished musicians include Wu Ting-yu, concertmaster of the Taipei-based National Symphony Orchestra; Chiang Chih-i, principal violinist of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra; Kuo Wei-pin, the Taipei-based Evergreen Symphony Orchestra’s principal violin player; and Jimmy Hsueh, former principal violinist of the Taichung-based National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.

Another local cellist Fang Ching and Chicago-based mezzo soprano Mariell will also perform at two concerts titled “Ultimate Beauty, Crazy Love,” which blends with classical music, jazz, tango, pop music and rock ’n’ roll.

"I’m excited about these two concerts because they’re my first performance at the National Concert Hall,” said Hsieh, now the host of “Fun Taiwan” -- a popular travel show on Discovery, Travel and Living Channel.

At the age of five, the 31-year-old host began to play the violin and has been playing since then. As a member of the Texas Young Virtuosos, she gave her first formal performance at the White House when she was 10 years old.

The first-half program of the Taipei’s concerts, said Jarvis Tseng, head of the Carl Becker and Son violin company in Taiwan, features classical music. Hsieh will first perform Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” -- an arranged piece by local composer Joe Lee. And then each virtuoso violinist of the four orchestras will perform solo.

The second half will focus on Lee’s arrangements of classical music, jazz, tango, pop music and rock ’n’ roll.

"I hope that the concerts will act as a platform with easy access to local music fans,” Tseng said, adding he also wants to prove that Taiwan’s musicians are talented like international performers.

Besides the four concertmasters, more than 20 musicians from five countries will perform at the two concerts.

Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday concerts are now available at http://www.artsticket.com.tw/