Classical concerts to be held in honor of Austria-Vietnam amity

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 The Austrian Quartet Acies

The award-winning Austrian quartet Acies will be in Vietnam for an Austria-Vietnam classical concert, slated for October 26 in Hanoi and two days later in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Vietnamese quintet Song Hong will join Acies for the concert, which is held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Tuesday.

Free tickets for the show became available as of October 23 at the Austrian embassy, located at 8th floor, 53 Quang Trung street and at the Austrian Consulate, 27A Nguyen Dinh Chieu street, Da Kao Ward, District 1, HCMC.

The Acies Quartet, founded in September 2000, won the Austrian national youth competition "Prima la Musica" in 2003 and the Austria's elite competition "Gradus ad Parnassum" as well as the Mozart Prize three years later.

The Song Hong Quintet was founded three years ago by a group of musicians trained at the Vietnam National Academy of Music and at various music schools overseas. In 2011, the group was invited to perform and be jury members at the Mozart International String Competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

Acies will perform Joseph Haydn's string quartet "The Rider" and Friedrich Gulda's string quartet.

Song Hong will perform "Mua Mua" (Raining Season) by Vietnamese composer Vu Nhat Tan.

The two groups will join each other on stage to perform a piece by German composer Felix Mendelssohn.

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