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...]

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...]

International authors learn about Vietnamese literature

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese literature is about patriotism and humanity, Chinese translator Zhu Yang-xiu said at an international conference held yesterday (March 2) in Ha Noi. Words of wisdom: Poet Nguyen Trong Tao (right) presents a work at the second Asia Pacific Poetry Festival at the Ha Noi Opera House yesterday. The conference was organised by the Viet Nam Writers' Association, with the aim to offer a panoramic view of Vietnamese literature for international friends, promote the quintessence of Vietnamese literary works and look for translation opportunities. The conference also drew international writers, poets and translators, who are interested in Vietnamese literature. It provided a chance for foreign and domestic authors to exchange and learn from each other. Among the 150 representatives from 43 countries and territories attending the conference, Zhu was the only one, who used Vietnamese in his speech frequently. He praised the late President Ho Chi Minh … [Read more...]

International poets to join Asia Pacific Poetry Festival

(Cinet) - 550 local and 200 foreign poets from 40 countries around the globe have registered to participate in the Asia Pacific Poetry Festival on March 2-6 in Hanoi. They will also attend Vietnamese Poetry Day on the fifth day of the first lunar month, which will fall on March 5 this year.In addition, Vietnam’s naval forces and border guards will attend the event, promising to bring excellent works and an exhibition featuring the past 30 year history of the islands struggle for national defence. The international delegates will come from embassies, the Afro-Asian Writers' Association, the Mekong River Literature Association and the United States' William Joiner Centre. They will attend the Vietnamese Poetry Day, organised annually on the fifth day of the first lunar month, which will fall on March 5 this year. The events will be highlighted by a poetry reading at the Ha Noi Opera House, where local and foreign poets will present their works. On the occasion, the … [Read more...]

Japanese opera offers cultural lessons

Opera singer Kouda Hiroko performs and does a language exchange with high school students in Ha Noi. (Photo: VNA) Doan Lien Huong and her classmates eagerly awaited their upcoming Japanese class, a special lesson that is learned by watching a classic Japanese opera instead of reading textbooks. "It was the most interesting lesson we have had," said Huong, a 16-year-old student of Hanoi's Kim Lien high school. "We enjoyed the music, performances and learned new words; our attention was completely absorbed." The lesson, in which Japanese singers performed scenes from a famous opera, is part of an exchange between opera singers from Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra and high school students. The Classical Music and Arts Society of Japan worked together with the two cities' governments to introduce the classic opera Bamboo Princess to the Vietnamese public, according to Kyoko Mimura, president of the society. Besides performing scenes from the … [Read more...]

France releases stamps featuring VN’s architecture, landscape

VGP - A set of stamps featuring Viet Nam’s symbolic architectural heritage and landscapes has been launched in France. A stamp features Ha Noi's Opera House - Photo: VNA The stamp issue is a collaboration between La Poste, the Vietnamese Embassy in France, and the Viet Nam Post in commemoration of the Southeast Asian country’s 40th reunification anniversary on April 30 and 70th National Day on September 2. The collection is comprised of three designs with images representing three Vietnamese regions. The first, intended for 20-gram priority letters, features Truong Tien Bridge, which spans the Huong (Perfume) River in Hue of Viet Nam’s central Thua Thien-Hue Province. The second design, meant for 50-gram priority letters, depicts Nha Rong (Dragon House) Harbor in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City. The last one, for outbound 20-gram letters, portrays the Ha Noi Opera House, which is located in the Vietnamese capital’s Hoan Kiem District. Among the … [Read more...]

International poets, writers to join VN conference

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese literature will be introduced to international delegates as a symbol of the people's desire for freedom, happiness and independence, poet Huu Thinh, chairman of the Viet Nam Writers' Association, said. Poet Huu Thinh, chairman of the Viet Nam Writers' Association speaks at the First Asia Pacific Poetry Festival in Quang Ninh Province.— Photo vanvn.net Today, the association announced plans to organise the second Asia Pacific Poetry Festival and an international conference to promote Vietnamese literature by outstanding poets and writers on March 1-7. Some 550 local poets and writers and 200 delegates from 40 countries and territories, such as China, Thailand, Laos and Russia, as well as Indonesia, India and Egypt, will participate in the events. The international delegates will come from embassies, the Afro-Asian Writers' Association, the Mekong River Literature Association and the United States' William Joiner Centre. They will … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 26/1

"Impressions on Mongolia" art exhibition opens in HCMC Ho Chi Minh City Union of Literature & Arts Association and HCMC Fine Arts Association will organize art exhibition named "Impressions on Mongolia" from January 27 to February 7 at 81 Tran Quoc Thao, District 3, HCMC. 30 oil & lacquer paintings, over 100 art photos and sketch of 14 female artists in HCMC featuring Mongolia’s culture and life will be on display during the event. The organization board plans to bring this exhibition to Ha Noi in July 2015 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Mongolia’s independence (11.7.1921-11.7.2015) TNT Theatre tours across Viet Nam The British TNT Theatre will perform Frankenstein – The Monster and the Myth from March 17 to 21 in Ha Noi and HCM City. The play is directed by Paul Stebbings, with music and sound effects by composer Paul Flush. Too many stage and film adaptations of Frankenstein ignore that the story is not just a novel, but a myth that has … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/12

First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front of Hiep's house, No 9, lane 144/2, An Duong Vuong Road. Young talents gather at HBSO concert Local young music talents will play at a concert hosted by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday. Audiences will have a chance to admire beautiful and lively melodies of Wind quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major by Italian composer/violinist Giuseppe Maria Cambini by the performance of young talents of the HBSO Wind Quintet. Previously, the quintet took part in the Asian Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in early September and had a solo concert in Natori City of … [Read more...]

Jazz with folk concert held in Hanoi

(Cinet)- A saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan will organize a concert at the Viet Nam National Symphony and Orchestra on November 26 and 27 at the Ha Noi Opera House. The concert features some popular ballads arranged by Tuan, such as Gui Gio Cho May Ngan Bay (Send the Wind to the Flying Clouds) by Doan Chuan and Tu Linh, Em Oi Ha Noi Pho (Darling, Ha Noi Streets) by Phu Quang and Ha Trang (White Summer) by Trinh Cong Son. The pieces are titled: Mua Roi (Falling Rain), Buom Mo (Butterfly Dream), Trang Non (New Moon), Thang Cuoi (Fellow Cuoi), Ngay Mua (Harvest), Ru Rung (Jungle Lullaby) and Sen (Lotus). Also, he will perform some compositions of his own, which mix jazz and Vietnamese folk music. Tuan will share the stage with his daughter An Tran, also a saxophonist; conductor Honna Tetsuji; Australian pianist Allan Zavod; dan tranh (zither) performer Kieu Anh; and a number of folk musicians. Tuan formed a group called the Orient Band in 1991. It won first prize in a national music … [Read more...]

Saxophonist to combine jazz with folk in concert

Sax appeal: Saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan will hold his first concert with the Viet Nam National Symphony Orchestra. - Photo tranmanhtuan.com HA NOI (VNS) - Saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan will hold a concert with the Viet Nam National Symphony and Orchestra on November 26 and 27 at 8pm at the Ha Noi Opera House. This is the first time Tuan, one of the leading saxophonists in the country, has collaborated with the Viet Nam National Symphony and Orchestra (VNSO). The concert will feature popular ballads arranged by Tuan, such as Gui Gio Cho May Ngan Bay (Send the Wind to the Flying Clouds) by Doan Chuan and Tu Linh, Em Oi Ha Noi Pho (Darling, Ha Noi Streets) by Phu Quang and Ha Trang (White Summer) by Trinh Cong Son. Tuan will also perform some compositions of his own, which mix jazz and Vietnamese folk music. The pieces are titled: Mua Roi (Falling Rain), Buom Mo (Butterfly Dream), Trang Non (New Moon), Thang Cuoi (Fellow Cuoi), Ngay Mua (Harvest), Ru Rung (Jungle Lullaby) and Sen … [Read more...]

Young director to let his hair down with new show

HA NOI (VNS) - Nguyen Phi Phi Anh created a "small tsunami" in Ha Noi with his debut Broadway musical-inspired revue back in 2012, and he will once again be showcasing his directing talents with his new show tonight. Unlike his previous show which featured singers and musicians, tonight's performance will also feature Viet Nam's leading hair stylists, and is being hosted by the international haircare brand Davines. The hair stylists, including Hoang Minh Tam, Tran Hung and Don Hau, will present the latest hairstyle trends, and their demonstrations will be partnered by fashion shows presenting the newest collections by designers Kelly Bui and Anh Pham. Tam, who is the director of Education Davines Vietnam, will showcase a collection entitled Dong Thoi Gian (Time Flow). Inspired by Coco Chanel, who was the first designer to create loose women's jerseys creating a relaxed style for women, Tam's collection presents liberal styles that are also very feminine. Hung, who has participated … [Read more...]

Duo combine a mixture of styles

On stage: Pho An My performs at her show in 2011. - Photo vietnamnet.vn HA NOI (VNS) - The duo of pianist Pho An My and composer Dang Tue Nguyen will present a new stage production that combines the traditional art of tuong and chamber music. The show, entiled Lua Thieng (Sacred Fire), is a unique creative collaboration of the two artists. The beauty and philosophical depth of tuong, or traditional opera, had inspired Nguyen to write the work for piano using the traditional theatrical art form's musical language and dramaturgical materials. Sacred Fire will be produced with a team of popular artists that include composer Pho Duc Phuong, costume designer Minh Hanh, tuong drummer Nguyen Van Quy and orchestra drummer Tran Xuan Hoa. It will be shown at Ha Noi Opera House on November 29. Interested parties may visit ticketbox.com for more information. Tuong, also called hat bo or hat boi, dates back to the reign of King Tran Nhan Tong from 1279 to 1284 and blossomed during the reign … [Read more...]

L’Espace hosts maiden concert by flutist Nguyen Ly Huong

L'Espace hosts maiden concert by flutist Huong Flutist Nguyen Ly Huong will perform her debut recital this weekend in Ha Noi at the French cultural centre, L'Espace. Huong, 24, took first place in an international flute competition in southern China's Nanning City last year. The recent Viet Nam National Academy of Music graduate will perform a mix of classical and contemporary works for L'Espace, including a Chinese piece called Sao Dem (Night Flute) that helped her beat 78 competitors in Nanning. Huong and two guest musicians, pianist Quynh Trang and clarinetist Tran Khanh Quang, will perform experimental versions of pieces originally composed for orchestras. After her Ha Noi debut, she'll appear on stage at the Toyota Classics 2014 concert in HCM City on November 18. She will perform Mozart's Flute Concerto's first movement with the Covent Garden Soloists Orchestra. "It is an honour for me to play with the orchestra, which was founded by members of London's world-renowned Royal … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 5/11

L'Espace hosts maiden concert by flutist Huong Flutist Nguyen Ly Huong will perform her debut recital this weekend in Ha Noi at the French cultural centre, L'Espace. Huong, 24, took first place in an international flute competition in southern China's Nanning City last year. The recent Viet Nam National Academy of Music graduate will perform a mix of classical and contemporary works for L'Espace, including a Chinese piece called Sao Dem (Night Flute) that helped her beat 78 competitors in Nanning. Huong and two guest musicians, pianist Quynh Trang and clarinetist Tran Khanh Quang, will perform experimental versions of pieces originally composed for orchestras. After her Ha Noi debut, she'll appear on stage at the Toyota Classics 2014 concert in HCM City on November 18. She will perform Mozart's Flute Concerto's first movement with the Covent Garden Soloists Orchestra. "It is an honour for me to play with the orchestra, which was founded by members of London's world-renowned Royal … [Read more...]

Belarusian artists to perform in Ha Noi

The Belarusian folk-rock group will perform in the framework of Belarus Cultural Days. - Photo progarchives.com HA NOI (VNS) - Belarusian troupes will perform in the northern cities of Ha Noi and Hai Phong as part of Belarus Cultural Days, which will be held from November 2 to 7. Artistes from two troupes, the I Zhinovich National Academic People's Orchestra of Belarus and Pesnyary, will perform at the Ha Noi Opera House on November 4 and the Hai Phong Opera House on November 5. Established in 1930, the orchestra is one of the oldest musical groups of Belarus. It laid the foundation for the development of folk music. Its repertoire consists of more than 2,000 pieces of Belarusian folk songs and dances, the original works of Belarusian composers and Russian and foreign classical compositions, besides contemporary music. The folk-rock band Pesnyary, also known as Pesniary, founded in 1969 by guitarist Vladimir Mulyavin, combines various types of music, but mostly plays Belarusian … [Read more...]