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HBSO to host major concert festival late this month

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HBSO to host major concert festival late this month

Hoang The Phong

HBSO director Tran Vuong Thach speaks at a news conference on the “Arts Festival Autumn Melodies 2017” on August 2 in HCMC’s District 1 - PHOTO: NGUYEN QUY

More than 200 local and international artists will gather at the 11th “Arts Festival Autumn Melodies” held by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) in partnership with the HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism at the HCMC Opera House from August 19 to 27.

According to the organizers, this event will feature indoor and outdoor performances in various art genres such as symphony orchestra, musical ensemble, contemporary dance and vocal music.

Speaking at a news conference to present the festival on August 2, HBSO director Tran Vuong Thach, a well-known conductor, said HBSO hopes the upcoming festival will contribute to promoting not only symphony orchestra music but other genres of art such as painting and sculpture, folk music and circus.

The festival could become one of the biggest art events in the city for local and foreign music lovers, he said.

The first day of the festival will feature an outdoor brass concert performed by the brass ensemble from the HCMC Conservatory of Music in front of the Opera House at 8 p.m. on August 19.

In addition, local and foreign audiences will have the opportunity to watch the 140-year-old operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II which will be staged for the first time in the country. 

The performance, which is arranged by HBSO in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, will take place at 8 p.m. on August 19-20 under the baton of conductors Askan Siegfried Geisler and Tran Nhat Minh.

German opera director David Hermann will direct it. He studied at Hanns Eisler music school in Berlin and won first prize at an international contest in stage direction and arrangement in Graz. He has worked with many big theaters around the world.

Meanwhile, conductor Tran Nhat Minh studied at Magnitogorsk State Conservatory in Russia, majoring in chorus conducting, and graduated with distinctions in 2004. In 2012, he completed the Conducting course from the Italian Conducting Academy. Minh won second prize at the International Competition for Young Conductors in Vladivostock City (2003) and the Incentive Prize at the Russia Competition for Professional Conductors (2006).

In 2014, he won the Gold Award for the Southern Choir at the International Choral Festival organized by German organization Interkultur in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province. Minh currently serves as deputy head and chorusmaster of the HBSO Opera.

The festival is expected to bring audiences a chamber music concert with the participation of young talents from Moscow including Tran Dieu Linh, Tran Dieu An, Georgi Abrosov, Narek Kazazyan, and Narek Baldryan on August 23.  

Especially, a chamber music concert at 5 p.m. on August 24 will feature many young Vietnamese talents including 12-year-old pianist Nguyen Lan Anh who won two awards at the Hanoi International Piano Contest in 2015 and has been selected to represent Vietnamese youth to perform with an orchestra of Russian President at the international music festival titled Melodies of Generations 2017 at Kremlin, and young talent violinist Tran Le Quang Tien from the Vietnam National Academy of Music who has recently claimed the eighth place at this year’s international Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.

Earlier, Tien has won many prestigious awards on the international arena, including first prize at the International Violin Competition in Thailand in 2014, the Toyota Scholarships in 2015 and the first prize of the junior group at the sixth International Violin Competition in Kazakhstan last year.

Furthermore, guitar-lovers should not miss a chance to enjoy a classic guitar concert at 5 p.m. on August 25, which will be performed by Saigon Guitar Quartet, soprano Vo Thuy Ngoc Tuyen, guitarist Pongpat Pongpradit from Thailand and German flutist Anton Isselhardt.

The highlight of the festival will be a chamber music concert called “The Eight Seasons” on August 24 and a gala concert called “A journey through Europe: Countries and People” on August 25, under the partnership with International Chamber Players and Vietnam National Academy of Music.

Vietnamese violinist Bui Cong Duy from Hanoi, Vietnamese violin prodigy Tran Huu Quoc and violinist Chuong Vu who has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia with repertoire ranging from early baroque to modern music, are also promising to bring wonderful performances to visitors at these two concerts. 

Besides, the modern ballet “Di qua tinh yeu” (Gone Through Love) by choreographer duo/siblings Nguyen Phuc Hai and Nguyen Phuc Hung will make a comeback at 8 p.m. on August 26. The dance performance reflects ideas and thoughts about life and people’s psychology, and features local young ballet dancers, including Tran Hoang Yen, Nguyen Thu Trang, Phan Tieu Ly, Sung A Lung, Phan Thai Binh, and Nguyen Minh Tam.

A concert will be held on the final day to honor masterpieces by Brahms, Smetana và Tchaikovsky through the performances by German cellist Ulrich Horn, and violinist Hoang Tuan Cuong and under the baton of conductor Le Phi Phi from Macedonia.

Held for the first time in 2005, the festival has been upgraded into an biennal arts festival for symphony, ballet and opera concerts since 2013. 

Tickets for the forthcoming festival are available at the Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square in District 1. Admission costs VND200,000 to VND800,000. Students only pay VND80,000 to VND150,000.

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