High-school students perform classical music on book street
Hoang The Phong
|Members of the “Classics On The Go” Group perform on Nguyen Van Binh book street in downtown HCMC on Sunday|
A group of high-school students who are members of the “Classics On The Go” Group on August 6 staged a classical music performance on Nguyen Van Binh book street in downtown HCMC.
Leader/founder of Classics On The Go Quach Nguyen Minh Anh, a 12th grader of Tran Dai Nghia High School for the Gifted in District 1, HCMC told the Daily that the non-profit group was established in the summer last year to connect high school students in the city and those having passion for music, especially classical music.
“I came up with the idea of launching the group to stage interesting and lively classical music performances to serve the public as it is commonly thought this genre of music is boring and tedious,” Anh said. “The group’s concept was inspired by the performance style found at Placa de Sant Roc in Sabadell, Spain in 2012.”
“This is the first time I have performed before a large crowd on the book street so I feel a bit nervous but the love for music and the dream of bringing classical music closer to local youths make me more confident,” says Hanh Ngan, a 12th grader of Le Hong Phong High School in District 5.
A 28-year-old American woman who is living and working in District 2 said it is great to see a beautiful performance that gives her an amazing and relaxing feeling. Young students are nice and active, she said, and it would be perfect if there are more music shows, especially at night on the book street.
In the coming time, the group plans to perform at Nguyen Hue pedestrian square and later at schools around the city.
The book street on Nguyen Van Binh road next to two of HCMC’s landmarks, the Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, was put into operation in January last year. Since then, the site has become increasingly popular among local youths, students, photographers and foreign tourists, especially bookworms.
|Visitors watch the half-hour show|
|The group was set up last year to bring classical music closer to the general public|
|Visitors are seen on the book street – PHOTOS: HOANG PHONG|
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