Korean guitarist to perform in VN

The HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera performs during the Autumn Melodies Festival in 2015.  (Photo courtesy of HBSO)   HCM City (VNA) - Die Fledermaus (The Bat), an operetta by Johann Strauss II, will open the biennial Autumn Melodies arts festival in HCM City from August 19-27. The festival is 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 Vietnam. 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 the Republic of Korea, Pham Duyen Huyen, Dao Mac, and Phan Huu Trung Kiet, together with HBSO’s vocalists, musicians and dancers. Conductor Geisler…... [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]

More than 200 local and international artists will participate in the 11th event, such as country’s leading violinists, Bui Cong Duy and Vu Viet Chuong; guitarist Nguyen Thanh Huy; flutists Anton Isselhadt of Germany and Pongpat Pongpradit of Thailand; cellist Ulrich Horn of Germany; choreographers Nguyen Phuc Hung and Nguyen Phuc Hai; dancers Tran Hoang Yen, Nguyen Thu Trang, Phan Thai Binh, Sung A Lung. The event includes an opera composed by Johann Strauss II, “The Bat” (Die Fledermaus), that is a cooperation between the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) and Goethe Institute. The play directed by David Hermann of Germany and conducted by Askan Siegfried Geisler and Tran Nhat Minh will be presented to music lovers on August 19-20 with the participation of 130 artists. The HCM City Conservatory of Music will present brass instrument performances in front of the municipal Opera House in the morning August 19 and 27. Meanwhile classical chamber music works of Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy , Ernest Chausson will be performed by the International Chamber Players, consisting of artists of Vietnam National Academy of Music and international music academies on August 23. One of the highlights is a gala concert on August 25 featuring compositions by famed composers and contemporary authors, namely Wagner, M. Bruch, Antonín Dvořák, F. Liszt, S. Rachmaninoff, M. Glinka, J. Hummel, S. Nichifor, Peter Warlock, Christoph Rolfes. German cellist Ulrich Horn and Vietnamese conductor Le Phi Phi will participate in the last performance of the event on…... [read more]

The programme has attracted more than 100 lecturers and artists from the HCM City Conservatory of Music who will perform classic pieces from world famous composers such as Schubert, Bach, Chopin, and Liszt. Many Vietnamese famous artists will also take part in the programme including Anh Tuyet, Ly Giai Hoa, Hoang Anh Tu and Nguyen Hong Thuy. The event was organised by Operation Smile Vietnam (OSV) - a non-governmental organisation that specialises in providing free surgery for children and young people with harelips and cleft palates. OSV has conducted free surgery on more than 13,000 children and young people with cleft palates since 1989. Each operation lasts between 45-60 minutes and costs roughly US$150. This year, around 3,500-4,000 Vietnamese children with harelips and cleft palates will receive free surgery.... [read more]

Together with the Conservatory's symphony orchestra, he will play Haydn's Concerto Cello no.1 in C major. He will also perform works by Felix Mendelssohn and Ernest Bloch with US-trained Ho Dac Thuy Hoang who is a teacher of piano at the HCM City Conservatory of Music. Born in 1948 in Switzerland, Nyikos has won several chamber music prizes including the Swiss Soloist's Prize in 1976 and the prestigious Gaspar Cassado Competition in Florence, Italy, in 1977.Since 1979, he has been teaching at the University of the Arts in Berlin. As a soloist, Nyikos has performed around the world with many internationally renowned orchestras including the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.VOVNews/VNS... [read more]

During Vietnam’s Hue Festival 2008, she will perform at the Duyet Thi Duong Theatre at 7.30pm on June 4 and 5 and at the An Dinh Theatre at 8pm on June 6. She will also conduct a master class for students at the Hue Academy of music and the Hue Foreign Language College. She will then return to HCM City where she first performed in 2002 for a public performance at the HCM City Conservatory of Music at 8pm on June 8. Vietnam’s famous saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan will join her in this performance. Born in Arkansas, the US, Ms York received a music degree from Louisiana’s Southern University where she studied opera and explored the roots of American music during a period in Africa./.... [read more]

The six-week festival, a collaboration between musicians from the US and Vietnam, is to mark the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi capital. During the cultural exchange, 19 Americans will visit Vietnam in March, while 19 Vietnamese will tour California in April and May for three weeks. Performances in Vietnam will take place at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, the Hanoi Opera House and the HCM City Conservatory Concert Hall. World premieres of newly commissioned works by Alexandra du Bois, Kurt Rohde, Pham Minh Thanh and Vu Nhat Tan will be held on March 11. The premier of American composer Ellicott Carter’s “On Conversing with Paradise” will be held on March 19. The famed musician is now 101 years old.... [read more]

Cracking Bamboo aims to musically unify East and West, creating a platform for encounters between percussionists with modern European and traditional Asian instruments. Meeting in Hanoi will be musicians from China, Norway, Turkey, the Republic of Korea, Cambodia, Malaysia, Denmark, Switzerland, India, Canada, Spain, Indonesia, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Vietnam. The two-day opening concert has taken place in the courtyard of the Goethe Institute. The musicians are divided into three mixed ensemble groups to create new works during the two-week festival at the Vietnam National Academy of Music (VNAM). Directing the rehearsals are a number of artistic tutors, experienced in working on improvisation and cooperative projects, who have successfully demonstrated their ability to integrate diverse ensembles. They will be working with the participants to form the artistic backbone of the programme. The musicians will be conducted by German Bernhard Wulff, who is professor with University of Music and artistic director of the Percussion Ensemble in Freiberg, Germany. He is a co-founder of Two Days and Two Nights of New Music festival in Ukraine; Roaring Hoofs festival in Mongolia; Golden Silk Sound Road in the central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan and Cracking Bamboo in Vietnam. Vietnamese musicians will be present in the form of percussion group Fireworks from the VNAM; six from HCM City and contemporary musician Kim Ngoc. These young artists will be given the opportunities to participate in a dialogue with musicians from other countries. A concert will be performed at the Hanoi Opera House on Saturday…... [read more]




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