Sunday, October 18, 2009

NY Philharmonic at Hanoi Opera House

VietNamNet Bridge – Members of the New York Philharmonic will be performing at Ha Noi Opera House tonight and tomorrow.

Photo: VOV
Tonight, October 16, famed pianist Emanuel Ax will present Beethoven's Concert No 4, while under the baton of the symphony orchestra's music director Alan Gilbert, the orchestra will perform Symphony No 7.

Tomorrow night, violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, accompanied by the orchestra, will perform Brahms's Violin Concerto, while the immortal melody of Symphony No 7 will once again embrace the Opera House audience.

The concerts in Ha Noi are part of the orchestra's Asia tour, which runs from October 8-28 and takes in Tokyo, Seoul, Ha Noi, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.

"Music has an unlimited power of connecting people. That's why our mission is not just to perform, but to be a cultural bridge between countries," Gilbert said.

Two large screens will be set up outside the venue "to offer more and more audiences in Ha Noi the chance to enjoy the concerts", said Zarim Mehta, the orchestra's president and executive director.

To strengthen cultural and educational exchanges between American and Vietnamese musicians, Gilbert gave a lecture to students at the National Academy of Music yesterday.

Some key members of the orchestra, including violinist and concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, violist Cynthia Phelps, cellist Carter Brey, flautist Robert Langevin, oboist Liang Wang, clarinettist Mark Nuccio, trumpeter Philip Smith and trombonist Joseph Alessi will give a lecture at the music academy tomorrow.

The concerts will start at 8pm at Ha Noi Opera House.

The performance tomorrow night will be broadcast live on VTV2.

Founded in 1842 by a group of local musicians led by American-born Ureli Corelli Hill, the New York Philharmonic is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the US, and one of the oldest in the world. The orchestra is also the most travelled US orchestra. It has performed in 422 cities in 59 countries on five continents.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News
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