Taipei choir brings music of Asia to Grass Valley |

Taipei choir brings music of Asia to Grass Valley

There are a couple of things about this event that are special. The first is that this world-renowned, 40-voice Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir has traveled from Taiwan to Grass Valley as part of its summer tour. The second is that a Nevada Union High School graduate, Abe Sitzer (class of 1996), is part of the choir. He will be translating, visiting his dad – Lew Sitzer of NCTV – and, yes, singing in languages such as Mandarin and Taiwanese.

The Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra and the Nevada Union Choir Boosters Club are sponsoring the evening on Saturday at NU’s Don Baggett Theatre.

Said Abe about the concert, “There is some piano, but most songs are a cappella. We do have drums and shakers for some of the native aboriginal (drums) and ’40s Shanghai jazz tunes (shakers).

Mongolian folk songs, Chinese choral works, Taiwan folk songs and aboriginal tunes plus the latest Taiwanese pop songs are all part of a repertoire that blends different races of people and thousands of years of history. The choir’s recordings have garnered many awards.

The prestigious choir has been touring the world for 34 years, although for Abe it’s been more like six years, ever since he moved to Taiwan in 2000 after college to begin intensive Mandarin language study. He then moved on to a master’s program in the history department of National Taiwan University.

(Editor’s note: Abe wrote a first-person story for last week’s 6/29 Prospector on his experience of living and singing in Taiwan.)

WHAT: Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir

WHEN: 7 p.m., Saturday

WHERE: Don Baggett Theatre at Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $12 and $8 (age 14 and under); in Grass Valley at The Book Seller and Briar Patch; in Nevada City at Golden Flower Trading Co., Nevada City Postal Co., Music in the Mountains and NCTV; online at

INFORMATION: Jeannie Wong Wood (H) 265-2990; (W) 916-551-2921; online at

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