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Music series brings classical music closer to Vietnamese audience

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – GocCreation is organizing a series of classical music performances in HCMC, promising to open up new possibilities for classical music to be enjoyed in non-classical contexts and by larger audiences.

The “The Recital” series will be conducted as one-man operas at the Toong Cong Hoa work environment in Tan Binh District. It is part of “Blossom”, a cultural initiative by GocCreation, that aims to foster meaningful cultural experiences in the wake of a devastating global pandemic.

As the first public solo performances of classical singer The Huy and professor – researcher Tran Nhu Vinh Lac, “The Recital: The Huy, tenor” draws its primary materials from famous love stories familiar to the Vietnamese people, from Romeo and Juliet to the unsent love letters of Beethoven.

“The Recital” introduces two performances: “Roméo et Juliette” on March 4 and “Absent heart, present love – Beethoven and the love letters that remain” on March 11.

Singer Huy (lirico tenor) will sing in the original French and German texts, accompanied on piano by Professor Lac.

Departing from the conventional theater space and in the absence of an orchestra, the event will focus mainly on the intimate relationship between the audiences and the stories told in music.

Back in 2021, Huy received a full scholarship at one of the most famous conservatories in the world before his plan to study abroad was canceled due to the pandemic.

Huy then decided to use this setback as an opportunity to work on his personal music projects that could benefit both local audiences and his own community of peer artists. This coincided with GocCreation’s idea for Blossom – a cultural program whose aim is to support Vietnamese artists such as Huy to materialize their community-oriented visions.

“People often think that artists are to perform, while the audience is to listen. I believe a performer’s great vocation is to always listen to his audience, to understand in each diverse social setting what they need, and how the art can bring positive value to them,” Huy shared.

This thought prompted me to carry out my projects, the first of which is this cooperation with GocCreation and Toong. I see these as an opportunity to bring classical music closer to the public and hopefully encourage young artists who are pursuing academic arts to boldly step out of their comfort zone and realize their dreams,” he added.

“The Recital: The Huy, tenor” presents two performances on March 4 and 11 at the Toong co-working space, No. 18E, Cong Hoa Street, Tan Binh District, HCMC. Both events begin at 6 p.m., are free and will accommodate a limited audience.

For registration, visit https://forms.gle/wHZftSHdkq8ofBam8

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