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...]

Australian opera singers to enthral Ha Noi

VietNamNet Bridge – Opera Australia will perform La Boheme at the Ha Noi Opera House on Sunday. Classic: La Boheme by the Opera Australia company will be performed on Sunday at Ha Noi Opera House. -- Photo courtesy of Opera Australia This will be Opera Australia’s first-ever performance in Viet Nam, in which 27 talented artists will perform Giacomo Puccini’s (1858-1924) smash-hit La Boheme. Nearly 120 years after Puccini wrote La Boheme, this story of first love continues to top the list of the most performed operas around the world. Puccini’s talent for capturing emotion in music takes spectators back to the first experience of being in love. The story is about four friends – a painter, a musician, a philosopher and a poet – and about friendship and falling in love. Samuel Dundas, Shane Lowrencev, David Parkin and James Egglestone will play the four main roles. Bass-baritone Shane Lowrencev is a full-time principal artist with Opera … [Read more...]

Australian opera singers to enthral Hanoi

Opera Australia will perform La Boheme at the Hà Nội Opera House on Sunday. Classic: La Boheme by the Opera Australia company will be performed on Sunday at Hà Nội Opera House.- Photo courtesy of Opera Australia This will be Opera Australia's first-ever performance in Việt Nam, in which 27 talented artists will perform Giacomo Puccini's (1858-1924) smash-hit La Boheme. Nearly 120 years after Puccini wrote La Boheme, this story of first love continues to top the list of the most performed operas around the world. Puccini's talent for capturing emotion in music takes spectators back to the first experience of being in love. The story is about four friends - a painter, a musician, a philosopher and a poet - and about friendship and falling in love. Samuel Dundas, Shane Lowrencev, David Parkin and James Egglestone will play the four main roles. Bass-baritone Shane Lowrencev is a full-time principal artist with Opera Australia. He won the Australian Singing Competition's Opera … [Read more...]

Francophone Day celebrated in VN with food, films

Vietnam will once again honour the French language through a film festival and concerts to celebrate International Francophone Day, which falls on March 20. A Belgian singer and his group will perform in Hanoi, Hanam, Da Nang and HCMC from March 17 to March 23 to celebrate the International Francophone Day. www.sabino.be The 2016 campaign, consistent with the operation Tell Me Ten Words launched by the Directorate General of the French Ministry of Culture, strives to promote the importance of the French language, its diversity and the global weight of the words and histories which it promulgates. Thus, the slogan chosen for this year, The Power of Words, aims to attract the interest of Francophones worldwide regarding the dynamic nature of the French language as spoken not only on a daily basis, but also in a wealth of sectors as diverse as business, education, science and diplomacy. "The celebrations of the International Francophone Day is an opportunity for us to honour the … [Read more...]

Famed British choreographer to perform in Vietnam

The acclaimed British choreographer Aakash Odedra will give a performance, Murmur 2.0, in Vietnam on March 23,26 anh 27. The performance is one of the British Council’s work in showcasing the best of British contemporary dance in Vietnam. The show includes two personal solo pieces of Murmur and Nritta which will be staged at Ha Noi Opera House on March 23 , and at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on March 26-27 . Aakash Odedra (photo) is one of the most sought after contemporary British dancers today. In 2011 he formed Aakash Odedra Dance Company and since then has developed his own choreographic works including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the closing of the London Cultural Olympiad. He has received numerous awards and bursaries including a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship. Aakash struggled with dyslexia since a young age and felt he "was defined by his learning difficulties, but not his abilities. As written language was so alien, dance became his … [Read more...]

Pianist Dang Thai Son to perform love concerto in Hanoi

VietNamNet Bridge – Dang Thai Son, one of the world's leading pianists, has returned to Viet Nam to perform in two concerts on Wednesday and Thursday at the Ha Noi Opera House. Back again: Pianist Dang Thai Son, one of the world’s leading pianists, has returned to Viet Nam to perform in two concerts on Wednesday and Thursday at the Ha Noi Opera House. - Photo dangthaison.info He will join the Viet Nam National Symphony Orchestra in a concert of French music on Wednesday. He will perform Symphony No. 8 in G-Major, Op. 88 by A Dvorak, Ballade, Op. 19 by Gabriel Faure, and Piano Concerto for the Left Hand by Maurice Ravel. On Thursday, Son will perform a special concert of Frederic Chopin’s music. He will play Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, with which he won the Gold Medal of the International Chopin Piano Competition 35 years ago in Warsaw. "I’m under pressure in performing this piece because people expect much from me," he said. "They wait expectantly … [Read more...]

Hanoi to host night concert, ballet

VietNamNet Bridge – A night concert and ballet entitled Khuc Giao Mua (Changing Season) will be held at Ha Noi Opera House on March 30 and 31. Illustrative image -- File photo The concert acts comprise Cay Sao Than (The Magic Flute) opera written by Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; act 2 aria Papageno "Der Wogelfager bin ich ja"; act 3 aria Tamino "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon; and act 4 aria Queen of the night "Zum Leiden bin ich ausenkoren", followed by other acts. The concert will feature celebrated ballet The Rite of Spring by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, choreographed by Pham Minh and performed by Viet An and Han Giang along with VNOB dancers. Tickets are available at the Opera House and online at ticket.com.vn. related news Int'l dance fest makes journey around globe German choreographer prepares for new production in VN Russian composer Igor Stravinsky Classical Music Show and French Jazz to rock Hanoi VNS … [Read more...]

Firework performances welcome the Year of the Monkey

As the clock strikes twelve, the moment the Year of the Monkey begins, fireworks light up the sky across the nation amidst the joy of millions of people who spend the night out to welcome the lunar New Year. In Ha Noi alone, fireworks sparkle in 31 locations whereas in Ho Chi Minh City, there are four firework-performing locations. Many localities in the country also presented fireworks to celebrate the new year. Follows are photo essays by Viet Nam News and Vietnam News Agency photographers. Ha Noi streets are filled with flowers, lights and flags. A singing and dancing performance in front of the Ha Noi Opera House attracts thousands of people. The event takes place before the firework presentation. A little girl sits on her father's shoulders to get a perfect a view of firework performance. Foreign tourists take a snapshot of the New Year Eve atmosphere. The Hoan Kiem Lake side is decorated with various types of flowers including the traditional peach blossoms which bring … [Read more...]

Ring in the Lunar New Year in style

HA NOI (VNS) — Say farewell to the Year of the Goat and welcome in the Year of the Monkey with a countdown party taking place on August Revolutionary Square in front of the Ha Noi Opera House on Sunday night from 9.30pm. A special music performance featuring Viet Nam's top emerging artists such as Ha Anh Tuan, Dong Nhi, Khac Viet and DJ Slim V will heat up the party. A stunning 3D mapping show, using the projection technology used to turn objects into the façade of the Opera House for video projection, will take party-goers on a virtual tour through Viet Nam's famous spots such as Hue royal citadel's Ngo Mon Gate, Ha Noi's Thang Long Imperial Citadel, and HCM City's Reunification Palace. People can also cheer the Lunar New Year in style at one of the city's high-rises. Sofitel Plaza Hanoi's Summit Lounge on the 20th floor and Le Panorama on the 19th floor is a great place to enjoy a panoramic view of the breathtaking fireworks on Lunar New Year's Eve. Le Panorama will … [Read more...]

Nation’s leaders warmly welcome Overseas Vietnamese back home

President Truong Tan Sang and delegates of Overseas Vietnamese communities release Tet carps at a ceremony yesterday at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat HA NOI (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held a reception on Saturday for a delegation from the Overseas Vietnamese (OV) community, who returned home to attend the "Xuan Que Huong" (Homeland Spring) programme. On behalf of the Party and Government, General Secretary Trong extended his warmest Tet (Lunar New Year) greetings to the OV community, while applauding their contributions to national development, including their recommendations for the 12th National Party Congress. "The Party and Government consider the OV community an integral part of the nation," he said, hoping that they would enhance solidarity, treasure traditional cultural identity and serve as a bridge to connect Viet Nam and their host countries. Informing the overseas Vietnamese about the results of the 12th National … [Read more...]

Stage festival welcomes 12th National Party Congress

The Department of Performing Arts under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in coordination with the Viet Nam Stage Artist Association, will organize the typical stage festival to welcome 12th National Party Congress from January 12 - 17 in Ha Noi. The event will gather 10 professional theatrical arts delegations with 11 outstanding stage works. The Viet Nam National Drama Theatre will open the festival with the drama "Lau dai cat" (Sand castle) at 8pm, January 12 in Ha Noi Opera House. On January 13, the Ha Nnoi Cheo Theatre will perform the drama "Canh chim trang trong dem" (White bird in night) at Dai Nam Theatre No. 98 Pho Hue; and the Viet Nam Tuong Theatre will perform "Tinh me" (Mother’s love) at Hong Ha Theatre, No. 51 Duong Thanh. On January 14, the People’s Public Security’s drama delegation will perform "Duong dua trong bong toi" (Race in night) at Au Co Art Center, No. 8 Huynh Thuc Khang and the Viet Nam Cheo Theatre will put on the … [Read more...]

Hanoi removes strange flowers near Hoan Kiem Lake

As the Tet (Lunar New Year) approaches, a number of public places are being upgraded to make the capital more beautiful. Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc square, the large public space at the top of Hoan Kiem Lake, was decorated with artificial flowers. However, it was demolished just a few days later after receiving feedback from local residents. According to To Van Dong, director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the decorative flowers will be repaired to make them perfect. Dong said he wanted to continue to get comments from local people for more suggestions. Earlier, the images of new decorations at water fountains at the Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square were hot topic for discussion at social networks. Pictures of flowers drooping and the strange colour especially when there is light – the colour of pink flowers become blue – led many to wonder what this flower was and why the flowers had such a strange colour. Some people guessed it was lily while other people … [Read more...]

Man allows residents to rip money from suit

A short clip recorded scenes of a young man dressed in his stylish suit with money attached to it have recently caught the attention of net citizens. The most important thing is the guy walking alone among the crowded streets of HCM City, holding a board saying, "Take what you like" (in both Vietnamese and English). Not surprisingly, after a few brief seconds, the entire amount over the guy was torn off. Some people think that the intentionally shocking act of the young man was just to "show off" his wealth, while others express their admiration for his action. The man in the clip was later identified as Phan Cong Chanh, an expert on real estate in the city. Chanh said he recorded people's reactions. The message he wanted to convey through the clip was that people shouldn't be too greedy and they should understand that it was not easy to achieve everything in the world. To perform the clip, he stuck many bank notes of various values worth nearly VND10 million (US$445). Chanh said … [Read more...]

Union plans to nurture Vietnamese creativity

HA NOI (VNS) — The ninth congress of the Viet Nam Union of Literary and Arts Associations (VULAA), has set its key tasks for 2016-2021 as helping Vietnamese artists develop in both quantity and quality. The aim is to boost creativity in artworks that will help nurture Vietnamese people's souls by focusing on the values of morality, personality and lifestyle. More than 475 delegates representing over 40,000 writers and artists nationwide attended the congress in Ha Noi, which ended Saturday. Addressing the event, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong hailed the achievements Vietnamese writers and artists reached over the past seven decades, noting that they had continually aided the nation in the revolutionary cause. He cited late President Ho Chi Minh as saying that "culture and arts are also a battlefield, and artists are soldiers on that battlefield." "Readers want literary and art works that sincerely and profoundly reflect the lives and people of Viet Nam and promote … [Read more...]

Russian corruption play to be staged in Hanoi

VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam Youth Theatre will stage a Gogol's play entitled The Government Inspector at Ha Noi Opera House next week. Rampant corruption: Si Tien is among artists of the Youth Theatre performing in The Government Inspector. — Photo courtesy of the Youth Theatre It is director Chi Trung's first classic play. Trung was voted the best stage director at a festival held in Ha Noi. "The Government Inspector was written nearly 200 years ago, but its story is still meaningful to us," Trung said. "The play focuses on corruption, which is of concern to the public. That is why I selected The Government Inspector for the stage." Trung spent time poring over dozens of scripts from the book entitled One Hundred Stage Masterpieces, launched by Theatre Publishing House. He had to brainstorm for two months, cutting down a 115-page Vietnamese script to a 61-page play that was ready to be staged over a two-hour period. The Government Inspector was written by … [Read more...]

Russian corruption play to be staged in Ha Noi

Rampant corruption: Si Tien is among artists of the Youth Theatre performing in The Government Inspector. — Photo courtesy of the Youth Theatre HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam Youth Theatre will stage a Gogol's play entitled The Government Inspector at Ha Noi Opera House next week. It is director Chi Trung's first classic play. Trung was voted the best stage director at a festival held in Ha Noi. "The Government Inspector was written nearly 200 years ago, but its story is still meaningful to us," Trung said. "The play focuses on corruption, which is of concern to the public. That is why I selected The Government Inspector for the stage." Trung spent time poring over dozens of scripts from the book entitled One Hundred Stage Masterpieces, launched by Theatre Publishing House. He had to brainstorm for two months, cutting down a 115-page Vietnamese script to a 61-page play that was ready to be staged over a two-hour period. The Government Inspector was written by Nikolai … [Read more...]

Three large cultural events on New Year 2016

Illustrative image (Cient)- Three large cultural programs will feature some attractive songs and dances in Ha Noi on December 31. The events are being organised by the Ha Noi Department of Culture and Sports to create an atmosphere that provides excitement and motivation and hope for people in the New Year. The event will start with lively dances and DJ music, with lighting and sound effects at 8pm at Ly Thai To Flower Garden. The audience will also enjoy a colourful and musical night with joyful songs, such as Ao Xanh (Green Shirt) and Giac Mo Tuyet Voi (Wonderful Dream), and dances being performed. The second programme, entitled Happy New Year 2016, Thang Long- Ha Noi Spirit, will also take place at 8pm at August Revolution Square in front of the Ha Noi Opera House. The initial partial of a eventuality will engage singing of songs about a party, nation and Ha Noi, such as Ha Noi Niem Tin Va Hy Vong (Ha Noi Belief and Hope) and Khat Vong (Aspiration). Music lovers will then … [Read more...]

Cultural events to welcome New Year 2016

Well-known national and international artists will attend three large cultural programmes, featuring attractive songs and dances, in downtown Ha Noi on December 31. DJ Trang Moon.jpg: DJ Trang Moon will create joyful atmosphere at this cultural events. — Photo giaobao.com The events are being organised by the Ha Noi Department of Culture and Sports to create an atmosphere that provides excitement and motivation and hope for people in the New Year. A countdown event is annually held at 8pm at Ly Thai To Flower Garden. The event will start with lively dances and DJ music, with lighting and sound effects. The audience will also enjoy a colourful and musical night with joyful songs, such as Ao Xanh (Green Shirt) and Giac Mo Tuyet Voi (Wonderful Dream), and dances being performed. The second programme, entitled Happy New Year 2016, Thang Long- Ha Noi Spirit, will also take place at 8pm at August Revolution Square in front of the Ha Noi Opera House. The first part of the event … [Read more...]