Series of concerts to take place in Hanoi, HCMC

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A series of concerts featuring both local and international artists, will take place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from April 24 to May 12.

On Sunday, April 24, famous Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi will kick off "Y-Viet", a year-long celebration of Italian culture organized by the Italian Embassy in Vietnam with a performance at Hanoi Opera House.

Einaudi has performed at major music venues around the world from Paris to New York. He will perform compositions from his last album Nightbook and older favorites from his previous albums like "Le Onde" (The Waves), "I Giorni" (Days), "Una Mattina" (One Morning), "Divenire" (Becoming).

Tickets start at VND150,000 (US$7), and are available at Hanoi Opera House. Online purchases can be made with free delivery at www.ticketvn.com or by email: ticketvn@fpt.vn.

Classical music will kick off the second part of the chamber music concert in the courtyard of Hanoi-based Goethe Institute on April 27th with free admission.

The local musicians under the direction of Graham Sutcliffe will create a bridge between old and new music, combining Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concertos with works from the modern era.  Musicians will also perform the works of Richard Wagner, and "Gassenhauer" by Carl Orff.

On the next day, April 28, "Spring Romantic Night", an opera and ballet performance will start at 8 p.m. The concert includes Piano Concerto by F. Chopin and extracts from famous operas, and a ballet performance will be presented by the Vietnam National Opera & Ballet.

The Vietnamese performers include bassist Baritone Manh Dung, solo pianist Manh Chung, soprano Phuong Ly, and dancers Vanh Khuyen and Thu Nga. They will perform Tchaikovsky Polonaise from opera "Evgeny Onegin", Mozart Papageno's aria from "Magic flute", Puccini Mimi's aria from "La Boheme", and Walse from Nutcracker.

Tickets can be purchased at Hanoi Opera House, or with the free delivery service from www.ticketvn.com, ticketvn@fpt.vn

Hanoi Opera House on May 8-9 will also host two performances of the fascinating piano duo Duo d'Accord, pianists Lucia Huang and Sebastian Euler from Germany.

In addition to their own arrangements the duo composes remarkable revivals of classic pieces.

The couple, who have a daughter and live in Munich, once won the two most important piano competitions worldwide, including the first prize of the "Murray Dranoff" competition in Miami.

The international career of the musicians took off with performances in Europe, the US and Asia, and the duo started producing critically acclaimed CDs. Collaborations with major orchestras and renowned musicians such as Heinrich Schiff and Christoph Poppen followed.

Their performances in Hanoi will then be followed by one night in Ho Chi Minh City's Opera House on May 10th. The pianists will feature J. S. Bach/Max Reger's Concerto for Two Pianos in C minor, BWV 1060, Johannes Brahms' 3 Hungarian Dances, and Franz Liszt's Réminiscences de Don Juan, and part of Mozart's Opera "Don Giovanni".

Free tickets are available from May 4th at 2 p.m. at Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, and Goethe-Institut HCMC, 18, St. No.1, Do Thanh Housing Compound, Dist. 3.

On May 10, a symphony concert conducted by Carlos Cuesta (Spain) and performed by violin soloist Smietana Alija Anna (Poland) and Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra will take place in Hanoi Opera House. The performance will depict D.Shostakovich's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, and R.Schumann's Symphony No.4

Tickets are available at Hanoi Opera House and range from VND100,000-200,000 ($5-10) for the event.

A music night of Moroccan artist Sophia Charaï, known as "Rita Mitsouko of Morocco" will take place at L'Espace on May 12. The concert will be a combination of accordéon, banjo, gypsy jazz guitar and bass.

The female musician, born and grew up in Morocco, wants to become a world citizen and her music demonstrates her desire. As a result, the works of Sophia Charaï  are the subtle combination of influences from four corners of the world. Chataï graduated high school in France and continued to pursue a higher education in that country. After some travel in India, she now considers Latin America her home. Her latest album titled "Pichu" in which she sings in Darija, Arabic, French, turns her interesting journeys into beautiful melodies for us all to hear.

Tickets are available at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien, Hanoi, from VND50,000-100,000 ($2.5-$5).

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