ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 18/10

Toyota Classics returns to Ho Chi Minh City The 14th Toyota Classics is expected to leave a deep impression on Ho Chi Minh City audiences on the night of November 11. A collection of world famous concertos will be performed by the renowned Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor Thomas Dorsch, with the participation of the famous duo Pamela Nicholson and Vasko Vassilev, and a young Vietnamese talent, Pham Thi Duyen Huyen. All ticket proceeds will go to the "Toyota Scholarship for Vietnamese Young Music Talents" programme. Thai Kathina ceremony held in Thua Thien-Hue The Thai Royal Family hosted a Kathina (robe offering) ceremony at Huyen Khong temple in Huong Ho commune, central Thua Thien-Hue province, on October 16. The Kathina ceremony is one of the official traditional rituals of Therevada Buddhism in which Buddhist followers donate new robes to the monks in the hope that both monks and devotees at the Kathina ceremony will gain merits. Addressing the Kathina … [Read more...]

Czech orchestra tunes up for VN

Take a bow: Vietnamese violinist Nguyen Huu Nguyen will perform with the Philharmonic Teplice. — Photo courtesy of Toyota Classics HA NOI (VNS)— One of the oldest orchestras in Europe - the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice (NCPT) - will have their debut performance in Viet Nam next month during the 2013 Toyota Classics. Under the baton of Canadian conductor Charles Olivieri-Munroe, who has been the NCPT's chief conductor since 1997, the 175-year-old philharmonic will play world famous classical music. In Ha Noi on November 5, their repertoire will include the Intermezzo from the opera Goyescas by W. A. Mozart, the Overtune to the opera The Secret by Bedrich Smetana, the Hommage a Mozart by Jacques Ibert, and excerpts from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. The concert will also feature Vietnamese violinist Nguyen Huu Nguyen, who is a solo artist from the Orchestre National de France. Nguyen won the Viet Nam National Music Contest in 1989, and two years later was … [Read more...]

HCMC Opera House hosts Toyota Classics Concert

The 14th Toyota Classics Concert will take place at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on Nov 3. Toyota Classics 2011 poster. Event organizers, the Toyota Motor Corporation and the Vietnam Performing Arts Center, said in a press release that this year's event will feature the return of the Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra will perform with "exciting new arrangements" under the batons of Thomas Dorsch, Pamela Nicholson and Vasko Vassilev, the press release said. Young Vietnamese soprano Pham Thi Duyen Huyen will also perform along with the orchestra. This year's all ticket proceeds will be donated to the "Toyota Scholarship for Young Vietnamese Music Talents". Tickets, ranging from VND300,000-800,000, have been on sale from Oct 15 at the HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1. … [Read more...]

Local diva joins visiting orchestra for City concert

The Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra will perform with artists from around the world in HCM City on Nov. 3. Conducted by Thomas Dorsch, the concert will feature 15 masterpieces played by pianist Pamela Nicholson and violinist Vasco Vassilev, accompanied by Vietnamese soprano Pham Thi Duyen Huyen. The orchestra, founded in 1993 with the merging of the Greifswald and Stralsund theatres, has become internationally acclaimed. Its diverse repertoire extends from classical to contemporary with a special emphasis on Scandinavian composers. Conductor Thomas Dorsch. Photo: VNN Nicholson and Vassilev are used to sharing the stage, as this classical duo regularly performs and records together. Tomorrow, the pair will play Turando Fantasy by Puccini, as part of their mission to bring classical music to the cutting edge of popular culture. Soprano Huyen has been studying at the Vietnam National Academy of Music since 2002, with a focus on Italian classical opera. She was featured in the … [Read more...]

EVENTS FROM OCTOBER 29 TO NOVEMBER 4

Performance "The Importance of Being Earnest" Fri 28 Oct 2011, 8 pm Sat 29 Oct 2011, 4 pm The Youth World Theatre, 125 Cong Quynh, District 1, HCM City Dragonfly Theatre, with the support of the Saigon Players, is proud to present Oscar Wilde's masterpiece and one of the most hilarious comedies of all times. The Importance of Being Earnest is the first professional English language theatre in Vietnam to bring together Vietnamese and Western actors. The Importance of Being Earnest is the first professional English language theatre in Vietnam to bring together Vietnamese and Western actors. It stars Lan Phuong, one of the most prestigious actresses in the Vietnamese film and television industry, in one of the lead female roles. Collaborating with this Vietnamese icon, the show's male leads are Aaron Toronto, the most famous western actor/director in the Vietnamese arts realm, and Brian Riedlinger, artistic director of the International Choir HCMC, who performed in the shows "Annie Get … [Read more...]

Toyota Classics Concert brings Northeast German Orchestra to Vietnam

The Hanoitimes - The most expected annual classic concert will be held at the HCM City Opera House o­n November 3, with the participation of the Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra, which has performed at the most famous theatres in the world. Forty-five artists of the Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra, pianist Pamela Nicholson and violinist Vasko Vassilev, together with Vietnamese young talented soprano Pham Thi Duyen Huyen will perform at the concert under the baton of talented master German conductor Thomas Dorsch for o­nly o­ne night.Duyen Huyen, the o­nly Vietnamese artist at Toyota Classic 2011, obtained scholarship from the Toyota Scholarship Program for Vietnam's young music talents in 2009.Toyota Classics concert is an annual musical event in the country. The show not o­nly contributes to cultural development in Vietnam, but also creates an opportunity for local music students and teachers to learn from performances by world-famous orchestras. HCMCity is o­ne of the … [Read more...]

Toyota Classics 2011 on stage

Today, Toyota Motor Vietnam officially introduced the Toyota Classics 2011, which will take place in Ho Chi Minh City Theatre on November 3. This is the 14th Toyota Classics held in Vietnam by Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Vietnam in cooperation with Vietnam Performing Arts Centre under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's Department of Performing Arts, since its debut in 1997. All the money earned from selling tickets will be used as Toyota scholarships for Vietnamese young musical talents. This year, Toyota presents the welcome return of the Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra to perform exciting new arrangements with the unique touch of Pamela Nicholson, Vasko Vassilev, and Vietnamese young talented soprano Pham Thi Duyen Huyen. "Toyota Classics is a valuable opportunity for Toyota Motor Vietnam to contribute more to the society. All proceeds of 13 previous Toyota Classics concerts were granted to support cultural, educational and charity activities in … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 20/10

HCMC to host Toyota Classics Concert 2011 The 14th Toyota Classics Concert 2011 will be held at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on November 3. 45 artists of the Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra, pianist Pamela Nicholson and violinist Vasko Vassilev, together with Vietnamese young talented soprano Pham Thi Duyen Huyen will perform at the concert under the baton of talented master conductor Thomas Dorsch. Toyota Classics concert is an annual musical event in the country. The show not only contributes to cultural development in Vietnam but also creates an opportunity for local music students and teachers to learn from performances by world-famous orchestras. Tickets range from VND300,000 - VND800,000 with all proceeds going to the Toyota scholarship for Vietnamese young music talents. The event is being organized by Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Vietnam in cooperation with Vietnam Performing Arts Center of the Department of Performing Arts under the Ministry of … [Read more...]

HCMC to host Toyota Classics Concert 2011

The 14th Toyota Classics Concert 2011 will be held at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on November 3. 45 artists of the Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra, pianist Pamela Nicholson and violinist Vasko Vassilev, together with Vietnamese young talented soprano Pham Thi Duyen Huyen will perform at the concert under the baton of talented master conductor Thomas Dorsch.Toyota Classics concert is an annual musical event in the country. The show not only contributes to cultural development in Vietnam but also creates an opportunity for local music students and teachers to learn from performances by world-famous orchestras. Tickets range from VND300,000 - VND800,000 with all proceeds going to the Toyota scholarship for Vietnamese young music talents.The event is being organized by Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Vietnam in cooperation with Vietnam Performing Arts Center of the Department of Performing Arts under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. … [Read more...]

Toyota Classics returns to Ho Chi Minh City

The 14th Toyota Classics is expected to leave a deep impression on Ho Chi Minh City audiences on the night of November 11. A collection of world famous concertos will be performed by the renowned Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor Thomas Dorsch, with the participation of the famous duo Pamela Nicholson and Vasko Vassilev, and a young Vietnamese talent, Pham Thi Duyen Huyen. All ticket proceeds will go to the "Toyota Scholarship for Vietnamese Young Music Talents" programme. … [Read more...]

Toyota Classics Concert takes place in Vietnam

PANO - The 14th Toyota Classical Music Night will take place at Ho Chi Minh City Theatre on November 3rd with the participation of 45 artists from the Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo: VNN The event, jointly organised by Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Vietnam and Vietnam Performing Arts Centre, will be a good opportunity for Vietnamese teachers and students, who are working and studying classical music, to learn more experiences from international artists. Accordingly, famous works by well-known composers, such as Mozart, J.S. Bach, Bizet, Puccini and Pantaleón Piazzolla, under the supervision of conductor Thomas Dorsch, will be performed at the event. Vietnamese audiences will also enjoy a presentation by Pham Thi Duyen Huyen, a Vietnamese singer. All proceeds from ticket sales will be used for the program, "Toyota Scholarship to Help Vietnamese Musical Talent". Translated by Tran Hoai … [Read more...]

German symphony orchestra to perform in Vietnam

The Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra will perform next month at an annual concert Toyota Motor sponsors in Ho Chi Minh City. The Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra will perform iconic works like "Carmen" at a concert in Ho Chi Minh City next month The Toyota Classics 2011 concert will see some celebrated works, including Bizet's "Carmen," performed by the orchestra under the baton of Thomas Dorsch. Talented young Vietnamese soprano Pham Thi Duyen Huyen will also perform on the night. The orchestra, formed in 1993, has performed around Germany and in Sweden, Spain, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, and Poland. Toyota Classics, began in 1997 with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism's Performing Arts Center, has been a popular draw in Vietnam. It seeks to offer Vietnamese music teachers and students the opportunity to learn from the world's top orchestras. … [Read more...]

Ethnic minority students commended for academic results

More than 110 ethnic minority students were honoured at a ceremony in Hanoi on November 1 for the outstanding achievements they recorded at national academic contests and the university entrance exams in 2014. The ceremony was co-organised by the Government's Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs and the Vietnam News Agency in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam Television and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union's Central Committee. Ethnic minority students were honoured at the ceremony. Photo: ptqnews.com Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc praised the great efforts of the students themselves as well as the dedication of their teachers so that the students from disadvantaged areas could have made the accomplishments. He took the occasion to stress the importance of education in sustainable poverty reduction, especially in ethnic-inhabited and mountainous areas. Deputy Minister and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Ethnic … [Read more...]

Flag pole inaugurated on island off Binh Dinh province

The flagpole on Cu Lao Xanh Island NDO/VNA - A 22.66m flagpole was inaugurated on Cu Lao Xanh Island, in Nhon Chau commune, Quy Nhon city, central Binh Dinh province, followed by a flag raising ceremony on October 31. The flagpole, first of its kind in near-shore islands along the country, was built through co-operation between the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and the Vietnamese Students' Association. Speaking at the event, Le Quoc Phong, Secretary of Communist Youth Union Central Committee and Chairman of the Vietnamese Students' Association highlighted that the flag pole contributes to affirm the nation's sacred sovereignty over seas and islands and offers a new attraction for tourism. Its construction was funded by the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) with a total investment of VND1.2 billion (nearly US$56,500). Cu Lao Xanh island, also known as Nhon Chau, is about 12 nautical miles from Quy Nhon city, with a population of over … [Read more...]

HCMC police apprehend man who stole iPhone 5 from British woman

Police in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday afternoon arrested a young street criminal and recovered an iPhone 5 he had snatched from a British woman earlier the same day. >> Ho Chi Minh City police stop giving safety leaflets to foreigners over public responses >> HCMC police issue leaflets giving foreigners safety tips >> Police arrest thieves in 'backpacker area' in Ho Chi Minh City >> 2 lady boys arrested for robbing foreigner in Vietnam's backpacker area Police in Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1 on Saturday morning said they have handed over to the district's investigation police agency Nguyen Van Loc, 24, who was detained for stealing a cellphone from 22-year-old Lauren Robsom, of British nationality, on October 31. Loc will be charged with "property robbery by snatching," pursuant to Article 136 of the Penal Code. According to the case file, at about 2:00 pm on Friday, Loc, after driving along a number of streets on a motorbike looking for 'prey,' reached 23/9 Park in the … [Read more...]

Flag pole inaugurated in island off Binh Dinh province

(Photo: Source: baobinhdinh.com.vn) A 22.66m flagpole was inaugurated in Cu Lao Xanh Island, in Nhon Chau commune, Quy Nhon city, central Binh Dinh province, followed by a flag raising ceremony on October 31. The flagpole, first of its kind in near-shore islands along the country, was built through cooperation between the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and the Vietnamese Students' Association. Speaking at the event, Le Quoc Phong, Secretary of Communist Youth Union Central Committee and Chairman of the Vietnamese Students' Association highlighted that the flag pole is contributed to affirm the nation's sacred sovereignty over seas and islands and offers a new attraction for tourism. Its construction was funded by the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) with a total investment of 1.2 billion VND (nearly 56,500 USD). Cu Lao Xanh island, also known as Nhon Chau, is about 12 nautical miles from Quy Nhon city, with a population of over 2,100 … [Read more...]

Hanoi to host Vietnam Sea and Islands Week

Vietnam is in a great position to develop sea and island tourism. NDO - The Vietnam Sea and Islands Week - Hanoi 2014 is scheduled to be held at the Vietnam Cultural and Arts Exhibition Centre in Hanoi from November 21-24. The event aims to improve the protection of natural resources and the maritime environment as well as to enhance Vietnamese people's national pride of sovereignty over territorial waters and the long-term development of the sea-based economy. The Vietnam Sea and Islands Week - Hanoi 2014 will see the participation the Ministry of Education and Training; the Vietnam Coast Guard High Command; the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee; the Institute of Oceanography under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, and Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the 15 cities and provinces across the country. The highlights of the week will be an exhibition on impressions of Vietnam marine tourism, and an art performance in honour of the … [Read more...]

Binh Dinh inaugurates national flagpole on Cu Lao Xanh island

The national flagpole on Ly Son island, Quang Ngai province (Source: thanhnien.com.vn) NDO - A national flagpole was inaugurated on Cu Lao Xanh island, Nhon Chau island commune, Quy Nhon city, Binh Dinh province on October 31. The 22.66-metre flagpole was built of granite at a cost of VND1.2 billion (US$56.500) funded by the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam. It is one of seven national flagpoles to be installed on outpost islands nationwide under a project launched by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and the Vietnamese Students' Association (VSA). Cu Lao Xanh island, which is home to nearly 2,100 people, is 12 nautical miles from Quy Nhon beach and seven nautical miles from Xuan Hai beach, Song Cau town, Phu Yen province. As it lies within the gates to Quy Nhon bay in Binh Dinh province and Xuan Dai bay in Phu Yen province, the island has a strategic position in defence the country's coast. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, … [Read more...]

Quang Ninh joins Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program 2014

Vietnamese delegation attending the SSEAYP 2014 (Photo: qtv.vn) Nguyen Van Binh from the Quang Ninh Provincial Youth Union will represent the Quang Ninh youth to participate in the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) 2014, from October 29 to December 17. This activity is conducted within a framework of a cooperation program between the government of Vietnam and Japan and is organized by the National Committee on Youth of Vietnam and the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union. The program, attended by 29 Vietnamese young people and representatives from Japan, Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei and Myanmar, aims to enhance the friendship and mutual understanding among young people from Japan and Southeast Asian countries. They will have opportunities to expand vision to the world as well as to promote creativeness in youth activities and international exchanges through activities on board of the ship. Attending the program, participants will … [Read more...]

Social News 28/10

President Obama thanks Vietnamese American nurse Nurse Nina Pham - the first person to catch Ebola on US soil has been declared free of the deadly disease 13 days after testing positive, clearing the way for President Obama to give her a big hug in the oval office. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team." Pham said on October 24 at a press conference. "The Ebola experience was a very stressful and challenging time," she said adding "I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on how many others have not been so fortunate." White House press secretary Josh Earnest called Pham's case "a pretty apt reminder we do have the best medical infrastructure in the world." "The track record of treating Ebola patients in this country is very strong, particularly for those who are quickly diagnosed," Earnest said. Children mistakenly injected with water instead of vaccine In Dong Thap Province, 60 … [Read more...]