August 26, 2023

Splendid Formosa



Splendid Formosa

Photo courtesy of the artist


How does Eastern orchestral music, with its long history, cultivate a unique identity in Taiwan? How does traditional Chinese music break stereotypes by re-interpreting Western-style compositions?

Putting their faith in using Chinese orchestral music to tell Taiwan’s most beautiful stories, the National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan (NCO) prides itself on its roots in Taiwan’s local culture. Their main repertoire incorporates Taiwanese elements and local cultural influences. In addition to Indigenous folk songs and Taiwanese classic ballads, there are also many new pieces by Taiwanese composers that blend old and new melodies. These compositions utilize popular music harmonies and techniques, reinterpreted through the plucked string ensemble of Chinese music, giving each piece a distinctive flavour. In line with this year’s theme of the Era of Exploration, the National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan will also present Taiwanese music that combines classical symphonic or Western folk styles, echoing the convergence of Eastern and Western cultures.

This year, the National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan will perform live at TAIWANfest, showcasing Chinese orchestral music that embodies both innovation and tradition, and sharing the uniqueness of Taiwan’s music and culture. Let us immerse ourselves in their splendid sound, connecting Taiwan with the world through captivating music!

About National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan [NCO]

Administered by the National Center for Traditional Arts, the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan (NCO) is the national-level Chinese orchestra under the Ministry of Culture. NCO is dedicated to preserving tradition, while also embracing contemporary Taiwanese culture. In recent years, the NCO has strived to use traditional music to recount the best stories Taiwan has to offer, selecting local material and talent that can connect Taiwan with the rest of the world through music. The NCO incorporates a variety of other elements into its performances, including drama, dance, painting, poetry, and literature, giving their work a style that blends the innovative with the traditional. Their ultimate aim is to build a brand of orchestral music unique to Taiwan, providing prominence to both traditional and contemporary Taiwanese music on the international stage, for all to enjoy.

Access Info

The concert stage is an accessible venue. Raised spots accessible by ramps at the back of the venue providing ample sightlines are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dates & Times

August 26
2:30pm – 4pm


Concert Stage

235 Queens Quay W.
Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8