Most expected classical music events to be launched in city

Twenty-five talented musicians and artists from Vietnam and abroad will take part in violin, piano, flute, clarinet, ballet and singing performances. International guest artists from Singapore, Korea, France, Macedonia, the United Kingdom and the United States will also be invited to perform in the concert.Among them, eighteen artists will return to Vietnam from abroad, including pianist Nguyen Bich Tra from Britain, pianist Tran Thi Tam Ngoc from Boston, pianist Van Thanh Cong, conductor Le Phi Phi from Macedonia, violinists Ta Ton and Vu Viet Chuong from Houston in the U.S, violinist Tran Huu Quoc from the Republic of Korea (RoK), violinists Bui Cong Duy, Nguyen Huu Khoi Nguyen and Khoi Nam, Tang Thanh Nam and Nguyen Quoc Truong, ballet dancers Mai Anh, Phuc Hung, Hong Chau, To Nhu, Bao Trung and Truc Giang.The concert programme includes a concert gala on August 15, a gala of chorus and ballet on August 16 and concert gala featuring famous works written for piano, cello and contrabass on August 17. All three gala nights will be broadcast live on HTV2.The event is organised by the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) and the HCM City Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism.Tickets are priced at VND300,000, VND200,000 and VND150,000. For more information, contact HCM City Conservatoire, 112 Nguyen Du Street, District 1, HCM City, tel: (08) 8225841.... [read more]

The concert will include three evening performances featuring dozens of singers, musicians and dancers who will perform popular foreign and Vietnamese pieces. The opening show will feature Dido and Aeneas, a famous opera by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell with a libretto by Nahum Tate. Sopranos Cho Hae-ryong and Nguyen Thi Thanh Nga, and tenor Pham Trang will sing with the support of the chorus and ballet. Dido and Aeneas recounts the love story of Dido, queen of Carthage (played by Cho), and the Trojan hero Aeneas (played by Trang), and her despair at his abandonment of her. Guest conductor, Norwegian Lars notto Birkeland, and his colleagues, harpsichordist Christian Kjos and cellist Jaroslav Havel, will participate in the performance. Dancers Nguyen Thu Trang, Ho Phi Diep, Nguyen Luong Hoa, Dao Van Thien and Pham The Chung will be featured during the August 18 show in the one-act ballet Carmen Suite written in 1967 by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, choreographed by Alberto Alonso. Modern Ballet Dream Puzzles, a contemporary dance choreographed by young talents Phuc Hung and Phuc Hai, will continue the night. The work highlights music by Vu Viet Anh and Nguyen Manh Duy Linh, two of the orchestra's youngest talents. Pieces by composers Philip Glass, Michael Nyman and Max Richter will also be featured. During the last show on August 19, chamber music by Vietnamese composers Nguyen Van Thuong and Hoang Cuong will be featured. Thuong's Tro Ve Dat Me (Return to the Motherland) will open the night.…... [read more]

interviews Vietnamese violinist Hoang Tuan Cuong on why he chose to work and live in Germany, and why Viet Nam needs to fund more classical music. Bui Hoang Anh The Classic Toyota Concert at Ha Noi Opera House recently featured internationally recognised Vietnamese violinist Hoang Tuan Cuong performing with the Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre. At the age of 14, Cuong received a special award at the International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists and a scholarship from the Pfluger Foundation in Freiburg, Germany. Two years later he won the first prize at the Max Reger International Chamber Music Competition. As a student of the Freiburg Institute of Music, Cuong studied with Professor Rainer Kussmaul, Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and won the Young Artist Award of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia at the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition. Since 2004, Cuong has been a member of the First Violin in the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. Inner Sanctum: How often do you return to perform in Viet Nam? Actually, I have not had too many opportunities to perform in Viet Nam. I performed at the series Autumn Melodies concert held by HCM City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra for two years in 2005 and 2006. At that time it was a new programme and it had good sponsorship that enabled many overseas Vietnamese musicians including me to perform. Unlike many other entertainment arts such as pop music which has lured many investors, the Autumn Melodies concert has been facing a…... [read more]

The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will celebrate its 10th biennial concert titled "Autumn Melody" at the municipal Opera House from August 25-30. The "Autumn Melody" program 2015 will include workshops on academic arts, outdoor shows and performances in the theater. Music lovers will have a chance to enjoy masterpieces of composers Bach and Brahms, famous movie soundtracks, ballets and operas, contemporary dancing, and Vietnamese classic works. Around 200 local and foreign artists of the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO), such as violinist Bui Cong Duy, Japanese conductor Honna Tetsuji, Dutch recorder player Paul Leenhouts, American violinist Cynthia Roberts, Polish violinist Ania Bard-Schwarz, American cellist Allen Whear, cellist Grace Ho from Taiwan (China) and the Royal Norwegian Navy Band will join the event. There will be also artists studying and working at home and abroad, likely choreographer Bui Anh Quan from Belgium, violinist Stephane Tran Ngoc from France, famous conductor Le Phi Phi from Macedonia, violinist Vu Viet Chuong from the US. Since it began in 2005, the annual ‘Autumn Melody’ concert has received a lot of support and contributions from hundreds of local and foreign artists, and regarded as a place for Vietnamese and foreign musicians to meet and exchange the latest in music news, and where music lovers can have a great experience. The music show is organized every two years starting 2013.... [read more]

The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera will hold their annual concert themed 'Autumn Melodies' at the City Opera House from August 16-22. The 'Autumn Melodies' concert was first introduced in 2005 and has since received much support of many local and foreign artists. The music show has been highly appreciated by critics and audiences alike. At first, the event aimed at honoring Vietnamese talent who have studied and won music awards at home and abroad, such as Le Phi Phi, Bui Cong Duy, Nguyen Huu Nguyen, Nguyen Bich Tra, Dao Nhat Quang, Tran Nhat Minh, Dang Linh Nga and Ta Thuy Chi. This year's show has become a large-scale 'Festival of Autumn Melodies' with participation of hundreds of local and foreign artists. The City's biggest and most prestigious classical music event has attracted a large number of visitors. It is now regarded as an important cultural feature of the City. Besides domestic well-known names, the festival also attracts international artists including young talents from Russia's Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, German famous pianist Hinrich Alpers, famed German conductor Christian Schumann and Norwegian choreographer Johanne Jakhelln Constant. On the other hand, there will be forums on music and dancing at Ho Chi Minh City Youth Cultural House and Ho Chi Minh City Dancing School, piano and conducting courses at Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, and a free performance for young people. Ticket are priced from VND150,000 to VND600,000.  ... [read more]

Nhan Dan Online - The annual 'Autumn Melodies' concert gala will be held at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House from August 16-22, bringing together hundreds of domestic and foreign artists. Each night will be dedicated to a different performance genre, including, symphonic music, opera, and ballet. Among the illustrious performers are distinguished Vietnamese violinists Bui Cong Duy, Tran Dieu Linh, and Tran Dieu An, German piano virtuoso Hinrich Alpers, and Norwegian master of choreography Johanne Jakhelln Constant. The August 16 opening night will feature a 35-minute choral suite of Vietnamese folk music, featuring adaptations of 21 popular Vietnam folk songs composed by Tran Manh Hung. The city's symphony orchestra will accompany opera singers and a 25-member choir to entertain audiences with indigenous songs from diverse regions located across Vietnam, from the mountainous areas to the delta and coastal regions. The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera first put on the 'Autumn Melodies' gala in 2005 by to honour Vietnamese musical talents for outstanding artistic achievements made and accolades received at home and abroad. It has since become a highly acclaimed event replete with high-quality, professional performances, drawing significant interest from dedicated music lovers. (Source: VNA/ Translated by Nhan Dan Online)... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Violinist Bui Cong Duy and his wife - pianist Trinh Huong - will perform in "Autumn Melody" concert, the program honoring classical music of HCM City. The Hanoi couple will appear in the second night of the concert, at the HCM City Opera House. They will play the sonatas of French composer César Franck. Trinh Huong will also play a work by German composer Carl Maria von Weber Grand with clarinetist Dao Nhat Quang. Bui Cong Duy has participated in this program for many years while this will be the first time of his wife. This year the concert will be expanded in scale, with the participation of about 130 local and foreign artists. The show will take place in six nights, from August 16 through 21, at the HCM City Opera House. Besides Trinh Huong and Bui Cong Duy, the concert will have the presence of some famous artists from Hanoi, such as Nguyen Quoc Bao of the National Academy of Music and Meritorious Artist Nguyen Tri Dung from the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. Foreign artists as well as overseas Vietnamese artists will gather on the occasion, including two young piano talents - Tran Dieu Linh and Tran Dieu An from Moscow, six Russian musical talents from the Vladimir Spivakov Young Talent Foundation, famous German pianist Hinrich Alpers, German conductor Christian Schumann, famous Norwegian choreographer Johanne Jakhelln Constant... They will be performing with artists of the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO). This year…... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS)— International and Vietnamese musicians will perform in an Autumn Melody concert hosted by the HCM City Ballet Symphony and Orchestra. The annual concert will be held from August 16-18 at the HCM City Opera House. This will be a large-scale concert with performances from Vietnamese, Russian, German and Norwegian artists. Featuring masterpieces by Beethoven, Bach, Schumann and Liszt, the concert will be followed by the ballets Chuyen Tinh Non Song (Homeland Love Story) by Vietnamese choreographer Vu Viet Cuong and composer Vo Dang Tin, as well as Cinderella by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, which will be performed on August 18 and 20.-VNS... [read more]

by Hoang Nguyen Poorly paid: Musician Hai Phuong performs with the Sai Gon Philharmnonic Orchestra at a concert held last week in HCM City to welcome the 5th Southeast Asian Directors of Music Congress. —Photo www.tuoitre.com.vn HA NOI (VNS)— As artist Hai Phuong plucked the strings of the dan tranh (16-chord zither) for the last notes of Que Toi Giai Phong (My Homeland is Liberated), applause filled the HCM City Conservatory of Music's performance hall. The audience consisted of 35 regional conservatory directors. Through such concerts, Vietnamese artists are able to demonstrate the strength of Vietnamese classical music to high-profile personnel in the music industry, according to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. Years ago, when renowned Japanese conductor Yoshikazu Fukumura came to Viet Nam to set up the ASEAN symphony orchestra, he recruited mostly Vietnamese faces (up to 80) for the philharmonic because of their regional and international level of professionalism. That was also the reason he later renamed the HCM City Conservatory Music Symphony Orchestra to the Sai Gon Philharmonic Orchestra. Chamber music lovers saw that this pride was justified at the ASEAN orchestra's first performance in October 2010. In recent years, Viet Nam's classical music industry has been lit up by talented artists like Dang Thai Son and Bui Cong Duy, who come home every year to take part in the Autumn Melody concert. Since 2005, Autumn Melody has been a place for both Vietnamese and foreign musicians to exchange the latest music news. However, financial difficulties have made…... [read more]

A gala performance from the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra, the annual Autumn Melody concert, will be staged at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House this weekend. The concert will include three evening performances featuring dozens of singers, musicians and dancers who on Aug. 17 will perform popular foreign and Vietnamese pieces. The's opening show will feature Dido and Aeneas, a famous opera by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell with a libretto by Nahum Tate. Sopranos Cho Hae-ryong and Nguyen Thi Thanh Nga, and tenor Pham Trang will sing with the support of the chorus and ballet. Dido and Aeneas recounts the love story of Dido, queen of Carthage (played by Cho), and the Trojan hero Aeneas (played by Trang), and her despair at his abandonment of her. Guest conductor, Norwegian Lars notto Birkeland, and his colleagues, harpsichordist Christian Kjos and cellist Jaroslav Havel, will participate in the performance. Dancers Nguyen Thu Trang, Ho Phi Diep, Nguyen Luong Hoa, Dao Van Thien and Pham The Chung will be featured during Aug. 18's show in the one-act ballet Carmen Suite written in 1967 by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, choreographed by Alberto Alonso. Modern Ballet Dream Puzzles, a contemporary dance choreographed by young talents Phuc Hung and Phuc Hai, will continue the night. The work highlights music by Vu Viet Anh and Nguyen Manh Duy Linh, two of the orchestra's youngest talents. Pieces by composers Philip Glass, Michael Nyman and Max Richter will also be featured. During…... [read more]




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