Vietnam Symphony Orchestra marks successful US debut

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The Vietnam Symphony Orchestra (VNSO) made a successful debut in the USA with well received performances in New York and Boston on October 23 and 24, Vietnam Plus reported.

The two concerts, held at New York City's Carnegie Hall and at the Boston Symphony Hall in Massachusetts, featured famous works by Samuel Barber and Antonin Dvorak including "Adagio for Strings" and "Symphony No.8 G Major Op.88."

Under the baton of Japanese conductor Honna Tetsuji, Vietnamese violinist Le Hoai Nam, now a lecturer in Hong Kong, and other VNSO artists, impressed thousands of Americans, Japanese and Vietnamese residents who attended the concerts with their renditions of Vietnamese folk songs, including Trong com, arranged for the orchestra by Ngo Hoang Quan, Ly hoai nam and the Thang Long Concerto.

Attending the concerts were Le Hoai Trung, the Vietnamese ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, head of Vietnam permanent delegation in the United Nations, and Shigeyuki Hiroki, consul general of the Japanese consulate general's office in New York.

Event organizers said the concerts were a message of peace and friendship from Vietnam to the world. They also aimed to introduce talented Vietnamese musicians to an international audience.

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