Romanian Clavichordist to Perform in Ha Noi

Romanian clavichord performer Marius Mihalache will arrive in Viet Nam for a concert at the Ha Noi Opera House on December 2. Marius Mihalache Born in 1974 in Bucharest, Mihalache was introduced to music at the age of six and won several prizes by performing adaptations of masterpieces by Rachmaninov, Chopin, Mozart and Liszt. He is also the founder of a quartet including vocalist Crina Matei, guitarist Micu Baran and drummer Dragos Nihu. The band's music combines elements of classic, pop and jazz. The event is part of celebrations in Ha Noi commemorating the 89th anniversary of Romania's National Day (December 1) and are jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism and the Romanian Embassy in Viet Nam. Previously, a seminar on Romanian literature seminar with participation of writers and translators from both Viet Nam and Romania took place in Ha Noi. Several of Viet Nam's more famous literary works, including Dang Thuy Tram's diaries, the story of a youthful … [Read more...]

Foreign artists to indulge Vietnamese audiences

Marius Mihalache (Photo: VOV)The world's best clavichord player, Romanian Marius Mihalache, is to give a performance at the Hanoi Opera House on December 2 to celebrate the 89th National Day of Romania. Born into a musically-keen family in Bucharest in 1974, Marius Mihalache began playing the clavichord when he was six. While young, he won a lot of prizes for his performances of works by Rachmaninov, Chopin, Mozart and Liszt. With this musical instrument, Marius and his band named Marius Mihalache-Rumani, including Crina Matei (singer), Micu Baran (guitarist bass), Dragos Nihu (drummer), have succeeded in showing Romanian traditional music in combination with classic, pop and jazz styles. The performance is being organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Embassy of Romania in Vietnam. On December 1, another music band from America will entertain audiences in Ho Chi Minh City during its tour to Vietnam from November 30 to December 7. The band titled … [Read more...]

World’s leading cembalo player to perform in Vietnam

A Romanian band with the world's leading cembalo player Marius Mihalache will perform at the Hanoi Opera House on December 2 to mark Romania's 89th National Day.Marius Mihalache will join Crina Matei (singer), Micu Baran (guitar bass), and Dragos Nihu (drum) to introduce the Romanian traditional folk music with the added influences of classical, pop and jazz music.   Marius Mihalache, born in 1974 has won several prizes for performance of works by world popular composers including Rachmaninov, Chopin, Mozart and Liszt. … [Read more...]

Singers to celebrate with patriotic tunes

HA NOI (VNS) — A highlight of the many cultural activities held on National Day, September 2, will be the national concert Dieu Con Mai (Remaining with Time), which features well-known revolutionary songs. Organised by Vietnamnet – one of Vietnamese leading online newspapers – the annual concert has become a favourite music programme which is awaited by audience of all ages, especially older people and war veterans. According to Vietnamnet Editor-in-Chief Pham Anh Tuan, the concert's planning team has had to race against time to prepare for the performance. "We have had only one month to deal with tonnes of work, from discussions with the Viet Nam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO) to negotiating with the Ha Noi Opera House for the performing venue, along with deciding on the repertoire for the invited artists," Tuan said. Last year's annual concert could not be staged because of economic difficulties. "We should no longer disappoint our audience, who have … [Read more...]

VN singers to perform in Argentine tango opera

Poster of tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires. HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnamese artists will perform the popular tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires this Friday and Saturday (August 14 and 15) at the Ha Noi Opera House. Maria de Buenos Aires's music was composed by Astor Piazzolla and the screenplay was written by Horacio Ferrer. It premiered at the Sala Planeta in Buenos Aires in May 1968. The surreal plot centres on a prostitute in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with the second half of the opera focusing on the period after her death. The characters of the opera include Maria (and, after her death, the Shadow of Maria), a singer of payadas, various members of the Buenos Aires underworld, and a poet narrator who is also a goblin-like duende, as well as several marionettes under his control and a circus of psychoanalysts. Several elements of the libretto suggest parallels between Maria and Mary, the mother of Jesus, or Jesus himself. The show, which will be conducted by Philippe … [Read more...]

A lavish treat beneath the Opera House

Streetlight style: A view of Nineteen11 Restaurant. — Photos coutersy of Nineteen 11 An attractive, lush interior creates a soothing feeling at Nineteen11, a Vietnamese and Australian eatery in the basement of the Opera House. Ha Nguyen reports. Many people, including foreign visitors, may know a great deal about the Ha Noi Opera House located in the heart of the city but they might not know about the Nineteen11 Restaurant & Bar. The construction of the Ha Noi Opera House was completed in 1911, inspring the name " Nineteen11 Restaurant & Bar. " To honour this historical event, the grand opening of Nineteen11 was hosted on November 19, 2007. Located in the basement of the Opera House, the restaurant is not just attractive for its decorative interiors, but also because of its cuisine that includes Australian and Vietnamese. Recently, when I was invited to enjoy a party at the restaurant, I found it was too hot outside and people were sweating just as I did, but once … [Read more...]

Hanoi Opera House to be repainted, again: Culture Ministry

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced it shall return the façade of Ha Noi's Opera House to its original colour. In pictures: Hanoi Opera House in new paint A press conference was held after members of the public and architects raised concerns over the new shade of yellow the Opera House was recently painted. "The Ha Noi Opera House shall be repainted the same colour approved for the last major restoration project in 1996," said ministry spokesman Phan Dinh Tan. The Opera House is a national cultural heritage under the ministry's management. "We are carrying out regular maintenance work that will be completed in a month," he said. Relevant government establishments made their presence felt at the press conference, including representatives from the Department of Cutural Heritage, the Department of Fine Arts and Photography and the Institute for Cultural Heritage Restoration. In preparation for the upcoming 70th anniversary of the August Revolution … [Read more...]

Opera House to be repainted, again

Returning to normal: The Ha Noi Opera House will get its original paint colour back. — Doan Tung HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced it shall return the façade of Ha Noi's Opera House to its original colour. A press conference was held after members of the public and architects raised concerns over the new shade of yellow the Opera House was recently painted. "The Ha Noi Opera House shall be repainted the same colour approved for the last major restoration project in 1996," said ministry spokesman Phan Dinh Tan. The Opera House is a national cultural heritage under the ministry's management. "We are carrying out regular maintenance work that will be completed in a month," he said. Relevant government establishments made their presence felt at the press conference, including representatives from the Department of Cutural Heritage, the Department of Fine Arts and Photography and the Institute for Cultural Heritage … [Read more...]

New paint at Hanoi Opera House: Not the last color

Illustrative image (Cinet)- The Hanoi Opera House is being repaired and re-painted after the first restoration 20 years ago. The entire facade of the building has been painted white and yellow, which is different from the original paint. However, it is not the last paint to color the House. According to Phan Dinh Tan, Head of the Office, speechman of Minsitry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that the Ministry paid attention to select the same paint that was used in 1997. Ms. Nguyen Thi Minh Nguyet, director of the Hanoi Opera House, said the theater is being repaired and. the color of the facade will be painted again. The refurbishment has been permitted by the authorities. However, the Hanoi Department of Culture as well as the Heritage Department of the Ministry of Culture both said that they had not yet received the theatre’s application for the repair. Prof. Hoang Dao Kinh, who was in charge of the first restoration in 1996, commented: "The theatre is outstanding … [Read more...]

Mozambique enjoys 40 years of freedom, Viet Nam links

Singing their praises: Artists from the National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique performed last week at the Ha Noi Opera House to mark 40 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries. — Photo courtesy of Mozambique Embassy. To mark Mozambique's National Day today, Viet Nam News presents an article by Gamiliel Munguambe, the Mozambican Ambassador to Viet Nam. Today we celebrate 40 years of indepen- dence and of the establishment of diplom-atic relations with Viet Nam. On this date, we celebrate the spirit brought by those who cared for the independence of our beloved country and the freedom of our people, as the fulfilment of a centuries-long process of resistance to colonial rule. It was the dream of freedom, unity, justice and progress that led the founding fathers of our national identity, Eduardo Mond-lane and Samora Machel, and many other patriots, to take up arms against colonial rule which, 10 years later, culminated with the declaration of … [Read more...]

Concert, ballet to welcome summer inspired by Hoi An

A Summer Melody concert will take place at the Ha Noi Opera House on June 13. A Summer Melody concert will take place at the Ha Noi Opera House on June 13. Photo: hanoigrapevine The performance will star conductor Nguyen Thieu Hoa, singers Thang Long (soprano), Tran Trang (mezzo soprano) and Manh Dung (baritone), and dancers from the Viet Nam National Opera and Ballet. The programme includes Mendelssohn's MidSummer Night's Dream overture, Puccini's O mio babbino caro, Mozart's Figaro's Wedding and Tchaikovsky's Pas de deux from the Nutcraker ballet. The artists will perform a contemporary version of the ballet Heart of Silk, with music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and choreography by Pontus Lindberg. As a foreigner travelling to the old city of Hoi An, young talented choreographer Lindberg was struck by the silk lanterns in the ancient streets, which inspired him to develop the piece. (Vietnamnews) … [Read more...]

US musician recalls ‘warm’ audience upon return to VN

VietNamNet Bridge – American violinist Stefan Jackiw has returned to Viet Nam to perform in the Hennessy concert tonight at Ha Noi Opera House. Life of music: Violinist Stefan Jackiw will perform with pianist Anna Polonsky at the 19th Hennessy Concert at the Ha Noi Opera House tonight. — Photo courtesy of organizers The concert's repertoire will include four music pieces. Stefan will have two solo performances, playing Partita by Witold Lutoslawski and Noctune for Solo Violin by Kaija Saariaho. Stefan will be accompanied by pianist Anna Polonsky while performing Tzigane by Maurice Ravel and Violin Sonata by Casa Franck. Partita is a masterpiece for the violin and the piano. It contains everything one can imagine in a deeply moving musical work. Noctune for Solo Violin was composed in 1994, and is dedicated to the memory of Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. The concert is the first performance by the artist duo in Viet Nam, though they have performed together … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/5

Vietnamese Ao Dai introduced in New York Designer Thuan Viet and models. Two collections of Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional dresses) were introduced to international friends at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in the United States on May 23. The show was under a cultural and arts programme for the conservation of wildlife species with the participation of eight Asian countries - Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia and Vietnam. The collections included 30 dresses by designer Thuan Viet and were shown onVietnamese models from New York City, New Jersey and Washington. The dresses’ patterns were embroidered with the image of tigers from kinds of Vietnamese folk paintings and crystal glass flowers. In addition to the show, a workshop on Dong Ho folk painting and a display of Hoi An lanterns were held during the programme. Through unique cultural activities, international friends could know more about the beauty of … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 13/5

HTV to put on reality show for men HCMC Television (HTV) on Wednesday announced a new reality show called "Be The Man" (Phai manh Viet), which will be aired on HTV7 every Sunday starting from May 10 at 8 p.m. According to Truong Van Minh, head of HTV’s programs department, this is the first reality show for men in Vietnam with an aim to look for a particular representation of local men. Unlike other reality shows, which are mostly produced under license from foreign organizations, this is a home-grown program. Ten contestants will compete in individual and team challenges to prove their toughness, intelligence, cleverness and sense of humor. The winner will pocket a cash prize of VND200 million. A judging panel consists of local singer/actress Minh Hang, actor Hieu Hien and Vietnamese Australian street magician Petey Majik Nguyen. Ten finalists have been chosen from 1,000 contestants nationwide. Some of them are popular names such as "Running Man" Vu Xuan Tien, whomade … [Read more...]

Festival to bring EU charm to Viet Nam

A laser show at the Ha Noi Opera House will open the 2015 Europe Days on Friday night. Instrumental: The Red Socks brass quintet from Germany will perform in Ha Noi and HCM City as part of Europe Days 2015. — Photo The event aims to bridge the cultural gap between Viet Nam and the EU, and promote exchange. First held in Viet Nam in 2004, Europe Days showcases traditional activities and performances from the union's member countries. This year the programme will celebrate two holidays. Europe Day on May 9 marks the creation of the Schuman Declaration in 1950 – which laid the foundation for the formation of the EU. It is also the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the EU and Viet Nam. The laser show will use modern projection technology to take the audience on a virtual tour of Europe, through European architecture and European images, as well as symbols of relations between the EU and Viet Nam. It will light up the façade of … [Read more...]

Symphonic poem, new violinist take on Opera House

VietNamNet Bridge – The symphonic poem Kieu and violinist Nguyen Thien Minh will both make their debuts at the Ha Noi Opera House on Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Overseas Vietnamese Dang Hong Anh composed Kieu. She based her work on the epic poem The Tale of Kieu, penned by Nguyen Du and considered one of the greatest pieces of Vietnamese literature. Kieu creates a world based on the emotions and thoughts Anh had while reading the original. The composer narrates the plot through music and builds a symphonic poem with melodic themes and motifs. "I loved the tale when I was small," Anh said. "It was my thesis in music composition in 1993. But I've changed the piece a lot since then and made it better." Anh received her master's degree from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow in 1998. Her works range from solo instrumental, chamber and orchestral to solo vocal and choral music. The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation copyrighted her Suite in Four … [Read more...]

Blind buskers’ songs performed in France and Germany

VietNamNet Bridge – Musician Nguyen Quang Long, who has just returned from a tour of France and Germany to perform xam (blind buskers' songs), tells Culture Vulture that it is a rare art that needs to be revitalised and given its rightful place in modern times. Related news Traditional music to be presented in France Please share with our readers some information about xam and its status in the traditional music arena today? In the past, groups of blind musicians wandered the streets of Ha Noi, singing for money. Dressed in simple clothes, they sang songs about the plight of the poor, the vices of former rulers and backward customs. Several songs were satires. These wandering minstrels reminded the well-to-do of the dangers in life and lifted the spirits of those less fortunate. The beauty of xam lies in its tone and rhythm. This art had fallen into decline for a long time, but now it has been drawing greater public attention. Many young artists are getting involved and … [Read more...]

New notes are blowing in the wind

VietNamNet Bridge – The Viet Nam Opera and Ballet will, as usual, present a combination of classical music and dance in its new show, but this time, a new, folksy element has entered the picture. There is something very new to look forward to as top artists of the Viet Nam Opera and Ballet (VNOB) Company, including sopranos Vanh Khuyen, Thang Long and tenor Thanh Binh, begin the second leg of their 2014-2015 season after a long Lunar New Year break. Directed by conductor Dong Quang Vinh, the new show will combine solo songs, ballet, choir and, for the first time, a bamboo instrument band. Vinh, a talented and much loved conductor by local audiences, has taken over as director from the long-serving Briton, Graham Sutcliff. "This is a new feature of our company that we are very proud of," Pham Anh Phuong, VNOB Artistic Director told Viet Nam News. "The band will play many Vietnamese songs, of course, but it can also play other international music hits." At the moment, Vinh … [Read more...]

Concert brings solo oboist to Ha Noi

The Viet Nam National Symphony and Orchestra (VNSO)'s new season will begin on Wednesday and Thursday with concerts featuring guest musician Stefan Schilli. Stefan Schilli. The concerts will start at 8pm at the Ha Noi Opera House. Schilli, a German oboist, will perform a solo during the piece Oboe Concerto, composed by Richard Strauss in 1945. The night of music will begin with the overture Nguoi Ve Dem Toi Niem Vui (The Man Who Brings Happiness to Us) dedicated to late President Ho Chi Minh by composer Trong Bang. VNSO Music Director Tetsuji Honna will conduct musicians from the VNSO in two pieces, Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks - also by Richard Strauss. This is the first time Merry Pranks has ever been performed in Viet Nam. Born in 1970, Schilli has recorded numerous albums, including one of Oboe Concerto. He has taught at Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria since 2004. He has also given guest lectures at music academies across the world. Schilli's success … [Read more...]

Roadblocks litter the path of the ‘disabled’

VietNamNet Bridge – Since most public infrastructure facilities are designed without the needs of people with disabilities in mind, their difficulties in traversing big city streets, entering buildings and enjoying outdoor recreational areas are magnified. Thankfully, some new initiatives are helping them navigate their home cities with greater ease. Le Huong reports. Increased mobility: A three-wheel motorbike driver (left) from the DRP centre serves his passenger, who uses a wheel chair, with a cheap ride in a street in downtown HCM City. — Photos Courtesy DRP centre It's a cool summer afternoon. Ngo Tuyet Lan, 55, has decided to try taking a bus from Cau Giay Bus Station to her house a few kilometres away on Le Van Luong Street. She wants to try today because she has enough free time for a bus trip. She's been told they aren't very friendly to people with disabilities like her - she uses a wheelchair - but today she has a personal assistant who will help her get … [Read more...]