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The National Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal Thursday./Pho6o courtesy of CNA

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) Orchestras in Taipei and Kaohsiung will hold Beethoven-themed concerts to mark the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth over the coming weeks.

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) announced Thursday plans for three concerts at the National Concert Hall, to be broadcast exclusively online through Public Television Service's (PTS) YouTube channel and streaming service PTS+, the latter requiring user registration.

The three concerts which will be streamed live will take place at 7:30 p.m. on May 24, May 30 and June 12 and will be available thereafter on the PTS+ platform.

The first two concerts will feature pieces by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák and Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao, while Beethoven's Symphony No.5 and No.7 will be played in the third concert, the NSO said.

As of press time, the NSO had canceled all performances in its current season, which ends in July.

Meanwhile, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra (TSO), which announced Wednesday the start of ticket sales for a June 5 concert, confirmed Friday its Beethoven themed-concert at the National Concert Hall in Taipei sold out in two days.

The concert will feature two guest musicians, conductor Lio Kuokman and violinist Tseng Yu-Chien, who will perform two Beethoven pieces -- Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.61 and Symphony No.7.

In order to follow the government's social distancing guidelines, tickets were sold for only half the 2,000 plus seats at the National Concert Hall, the TSO said.

Audience members will have their temperature checked before entering the concert hall and also be required to wear a face mask and register their contact information.

The Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, meanwhile, will stream a concert recorded Friday, at 7:30 p.m. May 30 through the YouTube channels of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts and the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival.

The southern-city based orchestra will play Beethoven's Symphony No.6, while the Kaohsiung City Wind Orchestra will perform Octet for Winds in E-flat Major, Op.103 at the concert, which will remain available online for three months.

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