Annual European music fest gets ready to regale fans

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More than 20 bands from Europe will entertain music lovers in the country over the next two weeks with ten concerts held under the auspices of the annual European Music Festival in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.


The ten-member German jazz group Thärichens Tentett will open the festival on Friday at Hanoi Opera House. Other concerts in Hanoi will take place at the Youth Theatre on Ngo Thi Nham Street.


El Guincho, the recording alias of Spanish musician Pablo Díaz-Reixa, will perform on Saturday while the Austrian jazz and world music duo "z.b.+" will play on Sunday.


Jazz trio Fabien Degryse from Belgium will take the stage on December 2 while the Netherlands jazz trio Yuri Honing will perform on December 4, the final day of the festival.


The festival in Ho Chi Minh City will start with El Guincho on Sunday at the Opera House on Lam Son Square in District 1. Other concerts will take place at the Conservatory of Music on Nguyen Du Street in District 1.


z.b.+ will perform in the city on Monday, November 29. A classical music concert by German pianist Hinrich Alpers can be heard on December 1.


Yuri Honing will perform on Friday, December 3 and Fabien Degryse will take the stage on the final day, which will also feature all the artists in a classical show.


All performances will start at 8 p.m.


Vietnamese jazz saxophonist Quyen Van Minh has been invited to perform at the festival.


Sean Doyle, head of the European Union delegation in Vietnam, said the festival sought to bring music to everyone, whether their favorite genre is world music, contemporary, or jazz.


The festival this year marks 20 years of diplomatic relations between the EU and Vietnam.


Free tickets for Hanoi concerts can be collected at the Goethe Institute, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc from Friday, and for concerts in HCMC at the Goethe Institute, 18 Street No.1, Residential Do Thanh, Ward 4, District 3 from Monday next week.


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