William Henry Curry, the North Carolina Symphony’s Resident Conductor, has been invited by the American Institute in Kaohsiung, Taiwan to participate in a landmark program which aims to convey the joy of American music to the people of that city.
Curry will conduct the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, considered one of Taiwan’s most accomplished music ensembles.
“In the absence of official diplomatic relations between the US and Taiwan, our office functions as the de facto US Consulate in Kaohsiung,” says Institute Branch Chief Chris Castro, “and is therefore actively involved in promoting a wide range of US cultural programs in southern Taiwan.”
The concert, which is scheduled for November 15 at the Kaohsiung Cultural Center, will be free of charge. “This will allow a diverse array of citizens, particularly those who do not often have a chance to hear a live symphony, to enjoy this unique opportunity,” says Castro.
The program will include Broadway selections and music by Gershwin and John Williams, as well as Dvořák’s New World Symphony. A highlight of the evening will be the performance of Curry’s own composition, “Eulogy for a Dream,” a work which pays tribute to the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.
In addition to leading the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Curry will participate in master classes and lectures at local community schools. “Guiding music professionals and teaching music students has been the center of my professional life for almost 35 years,” says Curry. “I am pleased to have this opportunity to share my love for American music with the musicians and music-lovers of Taiwan.”
Symphony president and CEO David Chambless Worters said, “We’re enormously pleased that our very own William Henry Curry has been invited to represent our Symphony and our State to citizens of Taiwan. We’re honored to have him represent us, our fine orchestra, and our wonderful state and are confident his work will be, as it always is, outstanding.”
Says, Curry, “I am thrilled to be involved in such a meaningful project with music that means so much to me. This will be my second time to work in Taiwan. Some 15 years ago, I conducted the National Orchestra of Taiwan in Taipei in a traditional New Year’s Eve concert. The experience was a wholly positive one. I am looking forward to my return!”