European music party to delight Vietnamese audiences

Wednesday, 2016-11-09 17:04:05
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A performance at the 2015 European Music Festival
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NDO—The fifteenth European Music Festival, to be held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from November 18 to December 3, promises to offer Vietnamese audiences a line-up of spellbinding and enchanting concerts.

A remark to this effect was made by Delphine Malard, First Counsellor of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, at press conference in Hanoi on November 9.

Speaking at the press conference, the counsellor said that the EU-Vietnam bilateral relationship had been developing robustly and comprehensively for more than two decades. The strong and close relationship can be attributed to cultural diplomacy activities such as the music festival.

“True to its mission as a mediator to unite people, the music festival is a bridge linking peoples, across the board. It contributes to enhancing the reciprocal knowledge and mutual understanding between the people of the EU and Vietnam,” Counsellor Delphine Malard said.

Bringing together musical talent from the European Union, the event aims to reach a diverse audience with varied repertoires to celebrate the richness and diversity of European culture.

The festival’s fifteenth edition is scheduled to take place at the Youth Theatre and Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi and at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music. The event will feature well-known musical talent from Austria, Belgium (Wallonia-Brussels), France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden, along with Vietnam.

With a total of sixteen concerts, the festival brings Vietnamese audiences the chance to experience different genres of music, including engaging jazz melodies with incredible voices and great songs, classical and contemporary music and traditional Vietnamese music.

The 2014 European Music Festival will open with a classical concert by renowned Hungarian violinist Katica Illényi, the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Honna Tetsuji at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi on November 18.

On the same day, in Ho Chi Minh City, the Jazz Trio Angelika Niescier, Simone Zanchini and Stefano Senni from Germany and Italy will be on the stage at the opening ceremony.

A highlight of festival is the combination of Duo Barbara Wiernik and Nicola Andrioli from Belgium (Wallonia-Brussels) and Vietnamese artist Nguyen Quang Hung, who received prizes on traditional instrument.

The performance will be held in Hanoi at 8pm on November 28 and in Ho Chi Minh City at 8pm on November 30.

Free tickets can be picked up at L'Espace French Cultural Centre, the Goethe Institute in Hanoi and IDECAF and the Goethe Institute in Ho Chi Minh City.