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...]

Dialogue “Influence of technology and social network on young family nowadays”

(Cinet)- On Vietnam Family Day, Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union organized a dialogue "Influence of technology and social network on young family nowadays" on June 28. According to the General Statistics Office (GSO) and the VNNIC, from 2010 to now, Vietnam has ranked top 20 nations with a great number of the Internet usage. Mai Thuy Huong, vice-secretariat of Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts said that social network has an influence on habit and lifestyle of young family. Some members in a family have spent a long time accessing Internet. Even, they use Internet when working other works. Duong Thi Hanh, representative for National Library shared some differences between a family meal now and before by technology. Using technology made family meal decrease more time together. Most of some opinions say that the internet has changed lifestyle and awareness of young family. Modern society and information technology has formed one lifestyle and ways of thought compared … [Read more...]

The 12th festival of typical youth union members following Uncle Ho’s sayings of Central-Highlands region

17 out of 250 youth union members were honored at the 12 Festival of Advanced Youth following Uncle Ho's sayings - Central Highlands region that has just been held in Quang Ngai province on June 24. ​ During five implementation years of Directive 03 by the Politburo on promoting studying and following President Ho Chi Minh's moral example, youth unions of offices in the Central-High Lands region have achieved significant results. Many movements and campaigns have been implemented during five years, aiming to promote the creativeness among young people, contributing to local socio-economic development. The festival's aim is to glorify and honour typical advanced youth among young people in the South-eastern region during the implementation of the campaign "Studying and following Ho Chi Minh's moral example" in learning, working, scientific researching, and struggling for Fatherland protection. In addition, the festival is a good chance for the youth to make exchanges and share … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City’s kids join military semester

Photo: news.zing.vn PANO - The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union’s Central Committee and the military-run telecom group Viettel have kicked off a military semester "I am a soldier" for 180 children in Ho Chi Minh City. During the ten-day course at the Army Child School of the city’s Military Command, the trainees will learn military regulations and the Vietnam People’s Army, do physical exercises, and visit revolutionary historical sites. Through these activities, the participants can learn more about the national traditions and build up their love for their families, hometowns and the country. All costs of the semester are covered by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union’s Central Committee and Viettel. Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

Construction of flag pole started on Hon La Island

PANO – The Central Committee of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Students’ Association and the Quang Binh provincial Youth Union Committee in association with the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) on June 23rd began the construction of a national flag pole on Hon La island in Quang Binh province. At the ground-breaking ceremony. The project was funded by BIDV at a cost of approximately VND 1.2 billion. It is part of the project to build 7 flag poles on frontier islands, namely Tran Island (Quang Ninh province), Bach Long Vi Island (Hai Phong city), Hon La Island (Quang Binh province), Cu Lao Xanh Island (Binh Dinh province), Phu Quy Island (Binh Thuan province), Con Son Island (Ba Ria-Vung Tau province), and Tho Chu Island (Kien Giang province). These constructions have been entirely sponsored by BIDV. Standing at the highest point of the island (110 meters above sea level) with a 9sq.m concrete foundation, … [Read more...]

Social News 24/6

Students enjoy wildlife summer camp Nearly 40 university students from HCM City, Ha Noi, Can Tho and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province attended the Wildlife Summer Camp 2015 which ended yesterday (June 22) at Wildlife At Risk's (WAR) Hon Me Wildlife Rescue Station. The camp is an annual programme, launched by WAR in June 2013 that calls on youth to conserve and protect wildlife. It raises awareness and skills about conservation, and creates opportunities for students to contribute to wildlife conservation. The students worked with WAR staff to prepare food for rescued wildlife, including the yellow-cheeked crested gibbon, loris, moon bear and Siamese crocodile. They also painted enclosures, cleared grass and grew over 100 wildlife food plants including banana and papaya. They also learned skills related to wildlife conservation jobs, such as surveying in the forest, setting up a camera trap, taking photos and creating a video clip about wildlife protection. Typhoon brings rain, saving … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – June 24

Politics -- The construction of a 22.6 meter tall flagpole that will serve as a marker of Vietnam’s marine sovereignty kicked off on Tuesday on the outpost island of Hon La, off the central province of Quang Binh. The project, worth almost VND1.2 billion (US$55,071), was jointly launched by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union’s Central Committee and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam. Society -- Hoang Duc Hanh, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Health, told a Tuesday meeting that the capital has considered the option of using an entire hospital to provide treatment for patients testing positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome caused by the Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) when necessary. As of Tuesday, the city enforced the surveillance of 4,331 passengers from affected countries. -- According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport, among 10,780 taxis operated by 25 firms, approximately 3,500 vehicles are equipped with tracking … [Read more...]

Quang Binh begins construction of flagpole on Hon La Island

Quang Binh begins construction of flagpole on Hon La Island (Photo: VNA) NDO/ VNA - Construction of a flagpole marking Vietnams sovereignty on Hon La Island in Quang Dong commune, Quang Trach district was launched on June 23 by Quang Binh province’s Communist Youth Union. The flagpole is one of seven to be erected on outpost islands by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union’s Central Committee and the Vietnam Association of Students in collaboration with the Bank for the Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV). Reaching 110 metres above sea level, the flagpole on Hon La will be the highest point on the island with an unobstructed view in all directions. Construction is scheduled for completion sometime in August. Other islands scheduled to erect sovereignty flagpoles include Tran Island in Quang Ninh province, Bach Long Vi in Hai Phong city, Phu Quy in Binh Thuan, Cu Lao Xanh in Binh Dinh, Con Son in Ba Ria Vung Tau and Tho Chu in Kien Giang. … [Read more...]

Quang Binh builds flag pole on Hon La Island

The construction of a sovereignty flag pole on Hon La Island in Quang Dong commune, Quang Trach district was launched on June 23 by Quang Binh province’s Communist Youth Union. The flag pole is one of seven to be built on outpost islands by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union’s Central Committee and the Vietnam Association of Students in collaboration with the Bank for the Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV). Reaching 110 metres above sea level, the pole in Hon La will be the highest point on the island with an unobstructed view in all directions. The construction is scheduled to be completed in August. Other islands scheduled to build flag towers include Tran island in Quang Ninh province, Bach Long Vi in Hai Phong city, Phu Quy in Binh Thuan, Cu Lao Xanh in Binh Dinh, Con Son in Ba Ria Vung Tau and Tho Chu in Kien Giang./. … [Read more...]