San Francisco Classical Voice: Taiwan Philharmonic Offers A Fresh Perspective on Orchestral Music

San Francisco Classical Voice
Rebecca Wishnia

How different the same hall feels with another orchestra onstage. For starters, at Monday’s Taiwan Philharmonic concert, women not only outnumbered men — they were extraordinarily well-represented even in the sections (double bass, brass, and especially, leadership positions) that remain male-dominated in this country’s orchestras. There was no concertmaster entrance; in fact, the orchestra entered the Davies stage en masse. And the applause, after every movement, didn’t feel wrong.

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