A sonata evening with composer Nguyen Van Quy The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Friends of Vietnam Heritage (FVH) in coordination with United Nations International School Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi) will hold a music program called “A Sonata Evening with Vietnamese Composer Nguyen Van Quy” at the school’s theater on October 30, starting at 5:45 p.m. The program captures the essence of Quy’s achievements by introducing his sonatas (no. 6 or 8) for the violin and piano (30 minutes) and his song “Nocturne.” There will also be recital of poems “La Nature” and “Pensant a Toi” in French, and a question and answer session with the composer (depending on time availability). Quy’s three biggest loves in life are Vietnam, music and teaching. He composed nine sonatas for the violin and piano between 1964 and 2003 as well as nine songs. Having composed nine, Quy is nicknamed “Beethoven of Vietnam,” as Beethoven composed only 10 sonatas for the violin and piano. Born in 1925, Quy has lived an amazing but very sad life. Now at the age of 93, his body is frail but his mind is still as sharp as ever. His greatest wish for his final years is to be recognized for his musical achievements in this modern time. FVH together with UNIS Hanoi hope this unique celebration will offer Vietnamese and expat communities a chance to give Quy, one of the unsung heroes of Vietnamese classical and chamber music, the recognition he deserves.