Celebrated American Musicians to Perform in New Taipei City and Tainan

Celebrated American Musicians to Perform in New Taipei City and Tainan (Photo: AIT)
PR-1118E | Date: 04/08/2011

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is pleased to sponsor free performances in Tainan and New Taipei City by the bass singer Kevin Maynor and the pianist Eric Olsen. These acclaimed American musicians will present The Journey of Paul Robeson, a concert that features 21 classic songs made famous by the performer and human rights activist Paul Robeson.  The music that will be performed in this program represents a variety of musical genres, including African American folk songs, spirituals and musical theater masterpieces, which form a vivid panorama of the United States’ rich musical tradition.

The concert details are as follows:


Date:  Monday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Tainan Municipal Cultural Center
332, Chunghua E. Rd, Sec. 3, East District, Tainan City
Tickets: Free –  Available now at the Tainan Municipal Cultural Center (Tel: 06-2692864 ext 9) and Cave Books, Tainan (Tel: 06-2237892)

New Taipei City

Date:  Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m
Venue: New Taipei City Government Multi-purpose Auditorium
4F, No.161, Jhongshan Rd., Sec. 1, New Taipei City
Tickets: Free –  Available now at the New Taipei City Cultural Center (Tel: 02-2253-4412); Gallery, New Taipei City Government building (3F) (Tel: 02-2960-3456 x 5424; Genius Bookstore (Tel: 02-8258-1755); and the Association of Vocal Artists (Tel: 02-2506-1170)

AIT wishes to thank the co-sponsors of these concerts, including the Tainan Municipal Cultural Center, New Taipei City Government, the National Taiwan University of Arts, the National University of Tainan, the Association of Vocal Artists, and the CHIMEI Cultural Foundation.

About the Artists

Kevin Maynor has performed over 50 operatic roles in five languages in the world’s top concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House. He has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Municipal of Santiago, Edmonton Opera, L’Opera de Montreal, Florida Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera National du Rhin of France, Dallas Opera, Opera Company of Boston, Spoleto Festival, Opera Pacific, Russia’s Saratov Opera and the Scottish Opera, among others. He has also sung with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Fort Worth, Quebec, New Orleans and Milwaukee, and with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, New World Symphony, American Symphony, and others.

Eric Olsen has crafted a distinguished career in both classical and jazz music as a pianist, organist, composer, and conductor.  He has performed with Mr. Maynor for 16 years and collaborated with him on five CDs.  He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University, and also as a member of the piano faculty at the Wharton Music Center in Murray Hill, New Jersey.

For more information about this program, please visit AIT’s website: