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Saigon Philharmonic Youth Orchestra holds Tchaikovsky concert
By Minh Tuan
Monday,  Jan 14, 2019,15:30 (GMT+7)

Saigon Philharmonic Youth Orchestra holds Tchaikovsky concert

By Minh Tuan

Conductor Fan Ting (C) and members of SPYO at “Once Upon A Spring” concert - PHOTO: MINH TUAN

HCMC – A Tchaikovsky concert took place at the Saigon Opera House on January 13 as the inaugural performance of the Saigon Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (SPYO) in collaboration with Amberstone Media, the Conservatory of Music in HCMC and the Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra.

The “Once Upon A Spring – The Very Best of Tchaikovsky” show was a classical music night dedicated to young professional musicians who are committed and passionate to bring symphonic music closer to the community. The program was supported by the Classical Music Society Hong Kong-Vietnam, Soul Music & Performing Arts Academy, Consulate General of Hungary in HCMC and Renaissance Collection company.

The SPYO was established with the aim of rejuvenating symphonic music and introducing what may be commonly known as a "hard to access" genre of music closer to the public and community. Targeting young music lovers aged between 18 and 25, the founders hope to encourage the young audience to experiment, experience and resonate with different music genres and cultures. SPYO wants to be the common voice of young people in promoting the music and culture of HCMC.

SPYO members will be mentored by active members of the Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra and conductors of regional and international repute. SPYO will delight spectators of all ages with performances that can only improve over time.

Speaking to the Daily, artistic director of SPYO Nguyen Bao Anh said: “I think the most effective way for Vietnamese youth to easily access symphonic music is that the city should have more music programs for the community so young artists can share, introduce and inspire the music to young folks like themselves. Our mission is to organize performances and welcome international artists and conductors to train and help young artists to reach international professional standards.

“In the future, SPYO will not only perform in concert halls, but also public places such as parks and gardens so that the public can have easier access to the music. I hope that SPYO will receive support from the community, get more attention and gradually get used to this genre of music.”

Associate Professor Dr. Ta Quang Dong, director of the Conservatory of Music in HCMC said he believed in the future growth of SPYO. “Many people have shared their concerns when we planned to launch the project and present SPYO to the public. We hope that by having more regional and international conductors teach members of SPYO, young musicians will be able to have the opportunity to gain professional performance skill sets.”

Inspired by the spring and masterpiece “Once upon a Dream” by “Russian Treasure” Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the concert “Once Upon a Spring – The Very Best of Tchaikovsky” was the inaugural concert of SPYO.

Thanh Bui, co-founder of SPYO and founder of Amberstone Media, said: “I wish to bring Vietnamese music to the world. We are proud that the world has known more about Vietnam through football, I hope that they will also know more about Vietnam through music. For this to happen, we must create opportunities for future artists to develop their talent from today. SPYO is a dream, a place to nurture, guide, orient, and a huge support for young artists to pursue their passion.

“This also marks the first step to create more professional classical music concerts in the city, in order that the quality of Vietnamese arts will be enhanced day by day. I hope that SPYO will inspire the community, and attract more benefactors to join hands in nurturing and developing Vietnamese art professionally.”

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