American father-daughter combo to give piano recital in Hanoi

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The Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi will hold a piano recital featuring an American father-daughter duo on July 12, reported Lao Dong Newspaper.

The event is among several cultural activities co-held annually by the US Embassy in Hanoi and the academy to promote culture and arts between the two countries.

Mark Damisch, former Mayor of Northbrook City, Illinois, will perform works by Debussy, Copland and Chopin with his daughter Alexandra Damisch. The Hanoi performance is part of his summer concert tour of India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand.

Damisch began playing the organ at the age of four at the Evanston Conservatory of Music. He switched to the piano when he was seven, the same year that he played in public for the first time at a church in Valentine, Nebraska and was touring Europe by his teens.

In addition to a successful career as a personal injury lawyer, a stint as a corruption-busting prosecutor and three terms as mayor of Northbrook, Damisch returned to his music in 1974.

For several summers over the past decade, Damisch and his family have performed classical concerts to promote peace and goodwill in parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

The peaceful pianist and two of his daughters, Katherine and Alexandra, together known as K, K and A Productions, did a charity concert in Japan after the recent earthquake in 2011. "All I want to do is leave the world a little bit better than I found it," Damisch said.

Tickets are provided free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

For registering online, follow this link:

Registration deadline is 10a.m. on July 9, or when all the tickets are registered.

Tickets of successful registration are available at the American Center, 170 Ngoc Khanh Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.

The Vietnam National Academy of Music is located on 77 Hao Nam Street, O Cho Dua, Dong Da District, Hanoi. 

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