Concert in Edmond honors Taiwanese heritage
EDMOND — Members of the Formosa Melody Music Center, which presents Taiwanese music with traditional Taiwanese instruments, performed in Edmond before ending its 12-city tour in New York on Tuesday.
The "Sounding the Heartstring of Home" performance was part of the Taiwanese American Heritage Week and Asian Heritage Month in North America.
The artists performed traditional music for the 350 people who gathered last week at the University of Central Oklahoma.
The Formosa Melody Music Center was established in 1994. The organization has performed in several countries, including Canada, France, Switzerland and Germany.
In 2007, the center organized the first Asia-Pacific choir festival in Yilan, and artists from more than 30 countries joined the event.
The tour ended on Tuesday with the 13th performance in 12 cities, said Nelson Hu, president of the Taiwanese Association of Oklahoma.
This is the first time since 2011 that the Taiwanese American Heritage Week has been held in Oklahoma.
"Our goal was to promote culture and goodwill between Taiwan and Oklahoma, which have been sister states since 1980," Hu said. "We wanted to promote the Taiwanese culture. We want people to understand what Taiwan is about."
Gov. Mary Fallin signed a proclamation for Taiwanese American Heritage Week. The proclamation was presented by state Sen. Ervin Yen.