English conductor to lead orchestra in HCMC Opera House concert

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English conductor Colin Metters will lead the Ho Chi Minh City symphony orchestra in a concert to be held on July 6 at the city's Opera House.


Metters, the professor of Conducting and Director of Conducting Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, will lead the Vietnamese artists in performing western classical pieces as well as Vietnamese compositions.


These include Beethoven's Overture from Opera Fidelio, Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations, Michael Williams's Piercing the Vault for oboe and symphony orchestra, Nguyen Manh Duy Linh's Lost in Dream for vibraphone and string orchestra, and Vu Viet Anh's Sand Dunes for piano, percussions and string orchestra.


Metters has conducted many of the major symphony orchestras in the UK and the world, including Poland, Spain, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Venezuela, United States, Hong Kong, Netherlands, France, and New Zealand.


The conductor, who has been Music Director of the East Sussex Youth Orchestra since its establishment in 1979, has recorded and broadcast for radio and television in Germany, Spain, Vietnam, and for BBC radio and television in the UK.


In 1997, he was invited to Vietnam to conduct orchestras in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and was subsequently appointed Principal Guest Conductor and Music Advisor to the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, a position he still holds.


Tickets, priced from VND 60,000 (for students only) to 500,000, are available at: Ticket Counter, HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, District 1, HCMC, Tel: 08 38299976.


They can also be bought at the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera, 3 Phan Van Dat Street, District1, HCMC, Tel: 08. 38237419/ 62704450.


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