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...]

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...]

Cultural activities to celebrate Capital liberation day

(Cinet)- On the everning of October 10, various cultural activities were organised in localities in Hanoi in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Hanoi Capital liberation day. * A special TV programme titled Ha Noi: Belief and Hope linked up different venues around the city - Ly Thai To Garden by the side of Hoan Kiem Lake, Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (the Temple of Literature), the Thang Tam (August) Revolution Square in front of Ha Noi Opera House, Thang Long Imperial Citadel, and Viet Nam Television headquarters. The show was broadcast live on VTV channel 1. * An epic musical performance entitled "October in Ha Noi" take place in front of the Opera House . The show presented leading Vietnamese singers, including Quang Tho and Thu Hien, Tung Duong and Dam Vinh Hung. * The Temple of Literature was turned into a spectacular stage for an ao dai festival plus art installations. The show featured more than 250 different versions of the traditional women's long dress by five designers … [Read more...]

Ha Noi glitters on Liberation Day

Street festival: Hundreds of professional and amateurs artists paraded around the Hoan Kiem Lake last night to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the capital city's Liberation Day. - VNA/VNS Photo Quy Trung HA NOI (VNS)- On October 10, 1954, the people of Ha Noi, with flags and flowers in hand, flooded the streets of the city to welcome triumphant Vietnamese soldiers. They had just returned to the capital after their success against French colonialists at the battle of Dien Bien Phu. Yesterday, sixty years after that memorable event, the people of Ha Noi gathered en masse to celebrate the event, known as Liberation Day. All 36 streets in the Old Quarter were brightened with flower-shaped lanterns and golden-starred red flags. At 9pm, the "oohs" and "aahs" continued non-stop for 15 minutes as fireworks filled the sky with resounding bangs. People milled around 30 locations in and around the city as the show continued. One elderly citizen said he remembered the day when Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Viet Nam to host int’l music festival

HA NOI (VNS) - Viet Nam will become the first Asian country to host the Asian-European New Music Festival which has been held every two years since 1993. "Viet Nam was the first Asian nation to host such an international event as a result of its great efforts to develop symphony music," said the chairman of the Viet Nam Composers' Association, musician Do Hong Quan. He expressed hopes that international music festival organisations would place Viet Nam on the world map of symphony music in the future. The Viet Nam Composers' Association in the cities of Ha Noi and Ha Long is organising the festival, from Wednesday to Sunday, with a number of international and Vietnamese musicians taking part. The unions of composers of Russia and Tatarstan have initiated the launching of the festival, which has served as a venue for the outstanding works of, and for the sharing of professional experiences among, composers and performing artists. On this occasion, musicians and artists can acquire … [Read more...]

Singer breathes new life into ca tru genre

Recital: Pham Thi Hue (middle) during a ca tru performance. - VNS Photos Truong Vi Pham Thi Hue fell in love with ca tru when she heard a recording at age 20. Now, she's fighting to preserve the songs. Nguyet Ha reports. Ca tru, or ceremonial singing, has had a lively season in Viet Nam following the recent national ca tru festival in Ha Noi City. Children's faces were seen among the nearly 300 contributing artists at the festival, as well as household names familiar to ca tru enthusiasts. One such name is Pham Thi Hue. With a lingering sadness on her gentle face, the ca tru diva has distinguished herself as one of those rare artists who could sing as well as play musical instruments. For years, people have known Hue to be a ceremonial singer, but few know that, before practising the ca tru - an ancient genre of chamber music featuring female vocalists - she was a lecturer of zither at the Viet Nam National Academy of Music. Born in Quang Ninh, Hue revealed her talent and … [Read more...]

Ha Noi becomes giant urban with 7 million people

Ha Noi hosted many attractive activities and exhibitions marking the 60th anniversary of Ha Noi's Liberation Day (10th October, 1954 and 10th October, 2014) with participation of crowded residents on October 4. A part of the activities is an exhibition on the social economic and cultural achievements over the 60th establishment and development of the capital, launched by Ha Noi Party Committee, the People's Committee and Fatherland Front Committee. The exhibition was attended by high level leaders, including Secretary of Ha Noi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang and leaders of departments, ministries. Thousands of photos, artifacts and documents about the capital's historical periods were displayed at an area of over 4,000 meters square. Speaking at the exhibition, the chairman of Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen The Thao said that after the liberation day, Ha Noi only was a small and backward capital with the … [Read more...]

Viet Nam Tourism Awards 2013 honors leading tourism enterprises

(TITC) - On September 26, 2014, at the Ha Noi Opera House, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism organized a solemn ceremony to glorify the winners of Viet Nam Tourism Awards 2013. In attendance were Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan - Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam; Ms. Nguyen Thi Doan - Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam; Ms. Truong My Hoa - Former Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam; Mr. Hoang Tuan Anh - Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Mr. Ho Anh Tuan - Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Head of the Organizing Committee of Viet Nam Tourism Awards 2013; Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan - Director General of Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism; Mr. Nguyen Huu Tho - Chairman of Viet Nam Tourism Association and representatives of relevant agencies, tourism enterprises, mass media. Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Hoang Tuan Anh emphasized that Viet Nam tourism has strongly … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 30/9

Photo contest promotes VN landscapes, daily life The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the online newspaper Vnexpress will promote Vietnam's beauty with a contest focusing on landscapes and slices of daily life, said deputy minister Vuong Duy Bien. Vietnamese people living locally or overseas can enter the contest, which ends on October 27. Participants can submit photo entries in two categories: landscapes or daily life. Photos capturing precious moments among Vietnamese people anywhere will be accepted. "The photo contest coincides with a Ministry of Culture programme to promote the country's image to the world. This is the first time the ministry has coordinated with Vietnam's leading online newspaper to hold this contest," Bien said at the launching ceremony in Hanoi on September 29. A panel of foreign jurors will judge entries based on creativity and professionalism. They will award two first-place prizes, two second-places and two third-places for each category. The … [Read more...]

Exhibition of paper horses focuses on France-VN ties

Young artist Trieu Tuan Long shows a herd of seven horses that are calmly grazing in a meadow in his latest installation entitled Information Transmitted by Horse Riding at the French Cultural Centre in Ha Noi.- Photo L'espace HA NOI (VNS) - An exhibition of paper horses that convey the relationship between the French and the Vietnamese people, and the bilateral cultural exchange will open tomorrow in Ha Noi. For instance, young artist Trieu Tuan Long shows a herd of seven horses that are calmly grazing in a meadow in his latest installation entitled Information Transmitted by Horse Riding at the French Cultural Centre in Ha Noi. The exhibits have been carefully crafted with Boi papers, a traditional Vietnamese material, and are covered with randomly arranged pictures conveying meaningful life lessons. The viewers will be able to relate to the horses as they depict the ups and downs of the French sentiment towards the Vietnamese people and vice versa. To that end, each paper … [Read more...]