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London Symphony Orchestra to perform in Hanoi next week

Kieu Giang
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London Symphony Orchestra to perform in Hanoi next week

Kieu Giang

London Symphony Orchestra - PHOTO: COURTESY OF ORGANIZERS

Vietnam Airlines in collaboration with the Hanoi People’s Committee will host the outdoor Vietnam Airlines Classic - Hanoi Concert 2017 in the capital city on March 4, featuring the world-famous London Symphony Orchestra.

The concert is promised to bring new experience to audience as it will take place in the unique cultural setting of Hanoi’s Old Quarter with the first performance ever of a British orchestra in Vietnam. Featuring 95 talented artists from all over the world, led by one of the world’s finest conductors, Elim Chan, the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra will bring a performance filled with musical virtuosity and enthusiasm.

This year’s event aims to showcase the beauty of Vietnam, its people and its thousand-year old capital Hanoi.

The Vietnam Airlines Classic is an annual event held by Vietnam Airlines to bring world-class cultural and artistic works to local audiences, as well as promoting cultural exchange between Vietnam and other parts of the world. The event will serve as a cultural bridge connecting Vietnam, and its capital Hanoi, to the world - not only in terms of tourism, but also as a country, and city, of rich cultural traditions and identity. Previously, Vietnam Airlines has hosted many programs of popular classical musicians, choirs, symphony orchestras and ballet troupes.

The London Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1904 by a group of most talented musicians of London. The orchestra comprises of 95 artists from all over the world and performs over 120 concerts a year. It was named by Gramophone as one of the top five orchestras in the world.

Conductor Elim Chan was born in Hong Kong in 1986, and studied cello and piano since childhood. Originally studying at a medical school, Chan changed direction after experiencing an orchestra in the second year of college, and graduated with an art major in the U.S. in 2009.

In December 2014, Chan became the first female conductor to win the annual Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, before going on to become the Conductor of London Symphony Orchestra. In April 2016, Opera Norrlands Operan (Sweden) announced Chan as its conductor for the next three years, starting in 2017.

The concert will take place at the Ly Thai To Statue and Garden in Hoan Kiem District, from 7:45p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. Spectators can also enjoy the show via three big screens placed at both ends of Dinh Tien Hoang Street and in Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square.

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