High-school students perform classical music on book street

Pop singers from ASEAN countries and China, South Korea and Japan will attend the ASEAN+3 Song Contest which will take place from August 19-20 in Thanh Hoa Province. Singer Wu Jiang from China will take part in the ASEAN+3 Song Contest. Voice of Viet Nam (VOV) will act as host for the cultural exchange event on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN. A number of young performers will take to the stage, including Thu Lan, Tien Manh and Kien Trung from Viet Nam; The Ball from Japan; Bilyana Lathisya from Indonesia; Aung Htet and Ni Ni Khin Zaw from Myanmar; and Wu Jiang from China. “We want to strengthen friendship and co-operation among countries, promote cultural co-operation and exchange among ASEAN countries through music, help the people in the region and all over the world to better understand the cultural values of each ASEAN member, and promote artistic creativity and musical talent in the ASEAN community,” said Vu Hai, deputy diretor of VOV. “We strongly believe the event will serve as a platform for young singers to both showcase and nurture their talents as well as contribute to peaceful, stable and secure relations among ASEAN+3 countries.”   The finale will be broadcast live on VOV’s radio and TV channels. The jury includes veteran musicians and singers from Viet Nam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Contestants are allowed to perform in their mother tongues or in English.   Prior to the grand finale, the contestants will…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The HCM City Music Conservatory is organising a summer music camp to provide participating youth with a platform to showcase their talents during their annual break from school. Striking a chord: The HCM City Conservatory of Music is hosting its first music summer camp, providing youth a platform to showcase their talents. — VNS Photo The camp is one of many activities that the conservatory plans for 2017. To take part in this camp, applicants were required to display a sound understanding of music and submit video clips of their performances to the organisers via YouTube links or compact disks (CD). 50 applicants aged 7 - 24 from HCM City, Nha Trang, Hue City, Da Nang, Ha Noi, Hai Phong and South Korea were selected for the camp. During the one-week camp, they’ll receive training in different music genres and instruments, including classic piano, classical guitar, classical vocals, jazz, flute and others. They will also have the opportunity to join performances with experienced artists, including practicing dancing with teachers from the HCM City Dance School. After final tests, participants will perform on August 8 at the conservatory. Organisers aim to make this summer music camp an anticipated annual event, attracting both Vietnamese and foreign students from the Southeast Asian region. This is the first time the conservatory is organising an international standard music camp, said senior artist Ta Minh Tam, deputy director of the conservatory. “We hope that the camp will add an interesting twist to the…... [read more]

The camp is one of many activities that the conservatory plans for 2017. To take part in this camp, applicants were required to display a sound understanding of music and submit video clips of their performances to the organisers via YouTube links or compact disks (CD). As many as 50 applicants aged 7 - 24 from HCM City, Nha Trang, Hue city, Da Nang, Hanoi, Hai Phong and the Republic of Korea were selected for the camp. During the one-week camp, they’ll receive training in different music genres and instruments, including classic piano, classical guitar, classical vocals, jazz, flute and others.  They will also have the opportunity to join performances with experienced artists, including practicing dancing with teachers from the HCM City Dance School. After final tests, participants will perform on August 8 at the conservatory. Organisers aim to make this summer music camp an anticipated annual event, attracting both Vietnamese and foreign students from the Southeast Asian region. This is the first time the conservatory is organising an international standard music camp, said senior artist Ta Minh Tam, deputy director of the conservatory. “We hope that the camp will add an interesting twist to the city’s music industry,” he said, adding that other music institutions in HCM City should also consider hosting similar activities. Despite some limitations in facilities and infrastructure, the conservatory has launched other meaningful projects for both students and teachers. A mini concert held every…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Die Fledermaus (The Bat), an operetta by Johann Strauss II, will open the biennial Autumn Melodies arts festival in HCM City, to be held from August 19-27. The HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera performs during the Autumn Melodies Festival in 2015. — Photo courtesy of HBSO The festival was organised by the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) in 2005 to highlight classical music, opera and dance. More than 200 Vietnamese and international artists will take part in 12 performances at the city’s Opera House. For the opening performance, HBSO and the Goethe Institute in HCM City have prepared for more than a year to stage Die Fledermaus for the first time in Viet Nam. The operetta, set in Vienna in the 19th century, features Dr Falke’s plan to embarrass his friend Eisenstein who leaves him at a park after a costume party.   The work’s libretto was written by German dramatist Karl Haffner and author and composer Richard Genée. First staged in 1874 in Vienna, it is regarded as the most celebrated and most frequently performed operetta. The Vietnamese version will be directed by German director David Hermann. German vocal master and conductor Askan Geisler is training HBSO artists to sing in the original language of German. The performance will feature Cho Hae Ryong of South Korea, Pham Duyen Huyen, Dao Mac, and Phan Huu Trung Kiet, together with HBSO’s vocalists, musicians and dancers. Conductor Geisler and HBSO conductor Tran Nhat Minh…... [read more]

NDO – Hanoian authorities have decided to turn Trinh Cong Son street in Tay Ho district into a walking route, starting on August 19, to provide Hanoians with an additional space for walking and enjoying traditional artistic performances and cuisine. According to information from the People's Committee of Tay Ho district, Trinh Cong Son street, named after the famous late composer, will be the core of the walking space, covering Alley 431 on Au Co street and Alley 612 on Lac Long Quan road. Nguyen Dinh Khuyen, Vice Chairman of Tay Ho district People's Committee said that the walking zone is designed to add additional entertainment areas for tourists and the youth and to develop tourism activities associated with the West Lake. The new walking street will offer visitors artistic performances and Trinh Cong Son music at a 2,000 square metre outdoor stage. There will also be other traditional art forms, such as quan ho (love duet) singing and water puppet shows at lotus ponds around the zone. In addition, approximately 50-60 booths simulating the traditional architecture of Hanoi Old Quarter and Hoi An ancient town will be arranged along the walking street, selling souvenirs, food and refreshments for visitors. The walking space will be organised from 7.30 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week, starting from August 19. Aimed at offering a new address for entertainment and tourist activities in the West Lake area on the weekend, local authorities have provided cards for…... [read more]

Despite making VND12.23 trillion ($538 million) in the last two years, FPT Telecom continues to make excuses and avoid paying its contribution to the Public-Utility Telecommunication Services Fund.   RELATED CONTENTS: Gov’t to tighten mobile service regulations FPT Telecom closes music streaming site Clients may benefit as FPT, Viettel offer pay TV FPT the sole skimper A report by the Public-Utility Telecommunication Services Fund shows that from 2015 to June 2017, telecommunications operators have contributed VND4.1 trillion ($180.36 million). In 2015, 28 out of 29 companies completed their financial obligations to the fund. However, FPT Telecom JSC did not register a plan, report its financial data nor complete its payment, and only contributed a temporary payment of  VND210 million ($9,238). In 2015, 27 telecommunication companies registered and completed their contributions to the fund in the first six months. FPT Telecom is the only one that has not reported its data and registered its contribution as per regulations. According to the fund’s representative, since FPT has not reported its earnings from telecommunications services, the fund has not been able to determine the exact amount it owes. However, with a revenue of VND5.57 trillion ($245 million) in 2015 and VND6.66 trillion ($293 million) in 2016, that amount is sure to be much larger than their temporary payment. Despite huge revenue, FPT Telecom is the only company…... [read more]

Performers from Vietnam and Laos take the stage with traditional tunes at a get-together in Moscow to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties. (Photo: VNA) Moscow (VNA) – The embassies of Vietnam and Laos co-organised friendship get-togethers, featuring musical performances and sports events, in Moscow, Russia and Geneva, Switzerland on August 5 to celebrate the 55th anniversary of their countries’ diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962). The events also marked the 40th year of the signing of Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (July 18, 1977). Performers from Vietnam and Laos took the stage with traditional tunes at the get-together at Hanoi-Moscow Complex (Incentra) in the capital of Russia where diplomats from the two embassies and their families gathered. The event also saw exciting table tennis friendly matches between staff at the embassies. In his remarks at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Nguyen Thanh Son highlighted the long-standing relations between the two nations and how their peoples sacrificed for each other and stuck together through thick and thin during struggles for liberation. His Lao counterpart Siviengphet Phetvorasack said the 40-year Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation has laid a great foundation for enhancing the two countries’ solidarity and building their bilateral relations and comprehensive cooperation. The ties, hereby, have been deepened and made day-by-day progress, he noted. The Lao ambassador expressed his thanks to support of the Vietnamese government and people for Laos in fights against imperialism and…... [read more]

A Vietnamese children’s ensemble led by Dang Chau Anh won gold medals at the International Choir Competition in Hoi An and the International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival in Germany in 2017. Dang Chau Anh, a teacher in the conducting faculty of the Vietnam National Academy of Music This marked a milestone in Chau Anh’s long-term plan to develop Vietnam’s choral activities, especially among children.  Dang Chau Anh is a teacher in the conducting faculty of the Vietnam National Academy of Music. After realizing that choral music should be for everyone, not just talented students, she opened the Sol Art center and established the Sol Art choir.  As the art director of Sol Art since 2011, Dang Chau Anh has contributed enormously to the success of the Sol Art Choir at international competitions. A core member of the project to build and develop the Faculty of Music Education of the Vietnam National Academy of Music, and having had regular exchanges and cooperation with Europe’s leading experts in music education, Dang Chau Anh was selected as a member of the International Society for Music Education, she was also Vietnam’s only representative on the jury board of the International Choir Festival of the International Alliance for Cultural Diversity or Interkultur.  In this position Chau Anh worked with international friends to organize the 5th International Choir Competition in Hoi An, Quang Nam province.  Dang Chau Anh said “A Poland choir will soon have an exchange with the Vietnam National Academy of Music and hold…... [read more]

Last weekend, a Facebook rant by the mother of a 15-year-old boy against the way he was treated by the police aroused a lot of sympathy and condemnation. Photo: Facebook She said her son was playing his violin on the pedestrian street around Hoan Kiem Lake, when the police rudely stopped him, because he had no permission to play music for money. She said she could not accept the way the police shouted at him made him panic and cry. Her post was quickly and widely shared on Facebook and other social networks, and several online newspapers published her allegations as well as the reactions of netizens, sympathising with the son’s plight and criticising the police. However, two days later, the mother posted again, retracting her previous post and apologizing to the police for making unsubstantiated allegations. Following this, many people deleted their responses and some of the online publications deleted their stories as well. It is not surprising that stories about the bad behaviour of public officials and celebrities gain greater traction and get strong responses from the public, mostly of stringent criticism. But this latest episode, which is only one among many, highlights the ways in which social networks are being mined for information, superseding actual news publications. It is sad, but true that many reporters, particularly with online publications, use Facebook and other social sites as a major source of information. Why is this sad? Given the preeminence of online social networks in the digital age, using…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese Women’s Grandmaster (WGM) Vo Thi Kim Phung, 24, has etched her name in the Asian Continental Chess Championships in China and Asian Zone 3.3 Chess Championship in the Philippines. Vietnamese Women’s Grandmaster Vo Thi Kim Phung.-- Photo courtesy of Vo Thi Kim Phung With the second title of the year, Phung will be the Asian representative at the World Cup. Thanh Nga talks to her. You have won the gold medal in the women’s standard chess category of the Asian Continental Chess Championships in China. How do you feel? I was very happy because it was an unexpected result. I was No 8 seed in the tournament and I did not set any medal targets. I only thought that I would try my best to not have any regrets. However, I bagged 7.5 points to lead the ranking table after nine rounds. Guliskhan Nakhbayeva of Kazakhstan and Ramesh Babu Vaishali of India were the runners-up with seven and 6.5 points, respectively. I am the second Vietnamese female master who has triumphed in the continental championship after WGM Hoang Thanh Trang, who won it 17 years ago and is now playing for Hungary. This Asian medal is the most important and valuable medal in my career. How did you come to chess sport? I was born in Hue. I began to learn chess in primary school as it was one of the official subjects. Coach Truong Minh Tuan and his wife trained me and I was then…... [read more]




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