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Classical music festival in Ho Chi Minh City

Classical music festival in Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 10:25 GMT+7

A classical music festival will be held in Ho Chi Minh City on the weekend, with the attendance of 20 prestigious artists from all over the world.

The Vietnam Connection Music Festival (VNCMF) will consist of three different concerts, and kick off with Stephanie Chase and Friends at 8:00 pm on Saturday.

The famous American violinist Stephanie Chase alongside the HBSO Orchestra will perform the well-known piece Four Seasons by Vivaldi, an Italian Baroque musical composer in the 17th-18th century.

She will also perform Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor with Bui Cong Duy, one of the VNCMF founders and a prestigious Vietnamese violinist.

The first concert of the festival will end with the performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor for four violins by the American artist, featuring Zhan Shu, Hoang Linh Chi, and Chuong Vu.

At 4:00 pm on Sunday, the festival will proceed with the second concert.

Quatuor Arod from France will perform The Rider Quartet No. 3 by Joseph Haydn, an Austrian composer of the Classical period, Al’Asr composed by Benjamin Attahir, a French composer of the 20th century, and String Quartet No. 1 by Schumann, a German composer and music critic of the 19th century.

The highlight of the festival, Gala Concert, will be held at 8:00 pm of the same day in Ho Chi Minh City, with several concertos including solos of many different instruments.

The orchestra will be led by the famous Japanese conductor Honna Tetsuji.

Many famed artists are expected to take part in the gala night, including Stephanie Chase, Bui Cong Duy, Christina Bouey, Katie Wikesberg (violin), Michael Sinicropi (trumpet), Bronwyn Banerdt (cello), Jeff Bradetich and Gudrun Raschen (double-bass), Colin Brookes, and Andrew Wikesberg (viola), among others.  

These artists will introduce the most famous pieces by celebrated composers such as Vivaldi, Bach, Giovanni, Bottesini, and Mozart.

The VNCMF was established in 2015 by Chuong Vu, one of the well-known Vietnamese-American concertmasters, and Bui Cong Duy, a globally acknowledged Vietnamese violin artist.

The festival is known as one of the constructive platforms for classical music that gathers many international and Vietnamese performers.   

Quatuor Arod will give two other performances in Da Nang City on Friday and in Hanoi on August 25.

In Da Nang, the group will perform at the Nguyen Hien Dinh Opera House.

In Hanoi, the musical ensemble will perform with Nguyen Viet Trung, a young Vietnamese pianist prodigy, a piece composed by French Belgian composer César Franck.

In addition, the artists will also perform one of Joseph Haydn’s most significant pieces – String Quartet in C major, No. 1, Op. 74.

Quatuor Arod consists of four young artists, who are Jordan Victoria, Alexandre Vu (Vietnamese), Tanguy Parisot, and Samy Rachid.

The group has received many international music awards for their work and talent.

Nguyen Viet Trung, also called Vietnamese “golden boy,” is a talented pianist prodigy after attending several piano competitions in Belgium and receiving some international awards.

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Ha My / Tuoi Tre News Contributor

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