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...]

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...]

Cultural events to usher in New Year

Kháanh Linh singer rose to prominence as the third-place finisher in the 2003 edition of the Sao Mai singing competition. — Photo kenh14.vn HA NOI (VNS) — Well-known national and international artists will attend three large cultural programmes, featuring attractive songs and dances, in downtown 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. 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. DJ Trang Moon.jpg: DJ Trang Moon will create joyful atmosphere at this cultural events. — Photo giaobao.com The second programme, … [Read more...]

Capital to host Happiness Concert

HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSC) will coordinate with the Acecook Vietnam Joint Stock Company to put on two arts programmes entitled "Happiness Concert", which will be held at the Ha Noi Opera House on January 13-14. The Vietnamese artists will perform symphonic music under the leadership of renowned Japanese conductor Tetsuji Honna. Immortal works by famous composers will be performed, including William Tell by Gioachino Antonio Rossini, Bugler's Holiday and The Syncopated Clock by Leroy Anderson, and the Symphony No.5 in C minor op.67 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Through the programme, the organisers hope to bring an exquisite taste of chamber music closer to art lovers in Viet Nam, especially the young. "We will give the audience a very abundant and close concert by skillful persons and quality in the professional field," said Nguyen Tri Dung, the director of VNSC. "The programme's content is carefully selected from the canonical classical pieces … [Read more...]

Ha Noi concert to feature Duong Thu’s winter songs

HA NOI (VNS) — A concert featuring songs by famous Vietnamese composer Duong Thu is scheduled to take place at the Ha Noi Opera House on December 13. Entitled Bai Hat Ru Mua Dong (Winter Lullaby), the show will feature 20 popular songs about memories of winter. Well-known singers and artists such as My Linh, Bang Kieu and Nguyen Thao, and newcomers such as Khanh Linh, Nhat Thuy, Ha Linh and Tran Nguyen Minh Duc will perform at the concert. The show is part of the series initiated by Duong Thu, entitled Music Window. Two concerts – entitled My Narratives and I Dreamed a Dream – were held as part of the series in the previous years. This concert would focus more on art, Thu told Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) online newspaper. The audience would not see any "imposing" light and sound effects, but would be inspired by a profound light and music show, he said. Thu, Pho Duc Phuong, Nguyen Cuong and Tran Tien are regarded as four songwriters who have made the greatest … [Read more...]

Shakespeare’s Hamlet on Vietnamese stage

(VOVworld)- The Viet Nam Drama Theatre recently presented a new version of Hamlet at the Ha Noi Opera House. The play, which played five nights, drew a large audience. Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces, has been performed countless times in the past four centuries. The tragedy, a journey to find the truth to protect people’s life and dignity retains its relevance today. The play marks the return of the Viet Nam Drama Theatre, a leading theatre in Viet Nam that performs the world's masterpieces. Hamlet is the first of several classics that will be performed by the Viet Nam Drama Theatre this season. Nguyen Thi Cuc was in the audience for one of this month’s performances: "I’ve seen Hamlet several times, once in Russia. This is a classic play that embraces political meaning and philosophy of life. Artists of the Vietnam Drama Theater successfully performed it. It was a Vietnamese Hamlet in a contemporary style". The Vietnamese version of Hamlet … [Read more...]

Hanoi to host international concert

About 150 amateur singers from all over the world will sing for joy at a Hanoi Opera House concert slated for November 28. South Korean conductor Koo Chun and Miracle Choir and Orchestra will perform at Sing For Joy concert on November 28 at Ha Noi Opera House. Entitled Sing For Joy, the concert will feature a fusion of choral pieces of different genres such as classical with Handel's Hallelujah, pop with The Beatles' Obladi Oblada and Asian folk music with South Korea's Arirang and Viet Nam's Trong Com (traditional cylindrical drum). "The Sing For Joy concert will have the beauty of harmony," Trang Trinh, the concert's art director, said. "It will showcase the beauty of music in which harmony is created by different notes, musical instruments and voices, but with the same passion of creating a better world." The concert will also feature guest Korean conductor Koo Chun and soprano Lim Ji-eun. Conductor Chun was artistic director of the National Chorus of Korea for three years. … [Read more...]

Jazz concert to celebrate Thai king

HA NOI (VNS) — A special jazz concert by Vietnamese and Thai artists will be held in downtown Ha Noi to celebrate the birthday of Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej (December 5). Entitled Nichapa Quintet and Friends, the show will feature top jazz artists of Thailand such as Nichapa Jittaleela (piano and vocal), Pisut Pratheepasane (saxophone), Arnupap Kammar (drums) and Suppanad Jittaleela (vocal), and Vietnamese artists such as Dao Minh (bass), Nguyen Bao Long (saxophone) and a string quartet from the Viet Nam National Academy of Music. Nichapa Jittaleela, from the SCA Siam University faculty of music, was the first Thai jazz female artist to perform in many jazz festivals and jazz concerts with her own band. She has been invited to represent Thai jazz artists and perform at many concerts across the world. The Ha Noi concert will feature her jazz compositions and famous jazz standard pieces. The 1.5-hour show, with tickets priced at VND350 to VND500, will take place at 8pm on … [Read more...]