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Vietnam professional artists strive to rouse youngsters’ passion for classical music

Monday, September 26, 2016, 10:00 GMT+7

Competent artists in two major Vietnamese cities all strive to stir and nurture the passion for classical music in young people.

In Ho Chi Minh City, two monthly activities for young music lovers include a concert organized by a group of talented artists and a program by the city’s Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO).

Both events, free or selling tickets at affordable prices, target local youngsters in the hope of nurturing their passion for music.

All performances are carefully selected to make sure that they are suitable for young listeners.

Each program also features a concise introduction to provide participants with basic knowledge of musical instruments, artists, and different music genres.

Nguyen Minh Tan, an HBSO representative, said that they will organize more events to bring classical music to students at middle schools, high schools and universities.

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Pianist Trang Trinh talks to her young students about classical music during a free course in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

In Hanoi, pianist Trang Trinh and her husband, opera artist Park Sung Min, are also keen to encourage youths to learn chamber music.

Their ongoing project, sponsored by the Korea Network for International Exchange, offers local students free courses on classical music.

Each course attracts more than 30 youngsters who are interested in the genre.

The Vietnamese pianist also invited young artists to the course to perform and share their own stories, and organized concerts for underprivileged children.

Trang said she has tried as much as she could to communicate with local youths to arouse their passion for classical music.

The efforts Trang has made so far might just slightly shorten the gap between youngsters and classical music but it is still a success, she added.

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