The One Song Orchestra’s third annual concert, ‘The Sounds of Taiwan’, performed to a packed in-person audience on January 1 and was also live streamed to music lovers around the world.

The concert, organized by the StanShih Foundation and Formosa TV, was made possible due to Taiwan’s strict adherence to disease-prevention measures amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Co-producer Stan Shih says,

“The Sounds of Taiwan concerts is a great opportunity to enhance musical literacy of the citizens. I hope to continue this annual event and maybe one day, it will become recognized as the eastern counterpart of the Vienna New Year’s Concert.”

The concert featured a diverse range of music in Taiwan, from golden hits and Taiwanese/Peking opera to indigenous music and new pieces by the country’s composers.

A five-minute reel recapping the concert was released a day after the performance.

The One Song Orchestra first made their debut in 2017 and is directed by award-winning composer Che-Yi Lee. The orchestra is composed of young artists trained in classical music and is well regarded for their music written by Taiwanese artists and/or influenced by elements of Taiwanese culture.

In preparation for large gatherings for the New Year, including the concert, Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control released policies to best ensure the health of all attendees.

Standard measures were reinforced including wearing masks at all times, having temperatures checked, and having hands sanitized before entering venues.

Additional measures were also made including no standing tickets for indoor events and keeping contact details of participants by event culture. The orchestra is composed of young artists with solid classical training.

ICYMI – The full concert is available for viewing on YouTube.