Overseas Vietnamese returns home for concert
Canada-based Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son will return to his homeland for a performance tomorrow’s night at 8pm in Ha Noi.
Son will delight audiences with a piano concerto in A minor, Op 16 by Norwegian composer Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843-1907) in the Toyota Classics 2005 Concert.
Recognised as a leading international musician and the first Asian musician to win first prize at the 10th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1980, this will be the third time Son has performed the Toyota Classics Concert in Viet Nam
The concert is sponsored and organised by Toyota Motor Viet Nam and Toyota Motor Corporation along with the Ministry of Culture and Information’s Arts Performance Department.
This year, musicians will include the well-known Budapest Operetta Theatre Orchestra under the baton of renowned conductor Istvan Sillo.
They will open with Hungarian Dance No 1, The Gypsy Princess and The Countess Mariza by composers Johannes Brahms and Emmerch Kalman.
After intermission, pieces by Austrian and Hungarian composers including Franz Lehar, Johann Strauss II, Emmerch Kalman and Franz Liszt will thrill audiences at 8pm in the Ha Noi Opera House.
The Toyota Classics Concert was first organised in 1990 to create opportunities for cultural and music exchanges, and to contribute to social development by donating proceeds to charity.
The concerts have attracted more than 155,000 people to over 121 performances held in the country.
The Toyota Classics Concert 2005 has been performed in eight Asian countries and territories including the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan, and it wraps up next Tuesday.
This event is one of Toyota’s many contributions to the development of Viet Nam.
This year, all proceeds from the Ha Noi concert will be donated to victims of flash flooding in Yen Bai and Phu Tho provinces. — VNS
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