Toyota Concert returns with first show in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

By Thu Thuy, Thanh Nien News

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Singer Tung Duong performs at the Toyota Concert Tour 2014 held at the Hanoi Opera House on August 1 and 2. Photo credit: Lao Dong Singer Tung Duong performs at the Toyota Concert Tour 2014 held at the Hanoi Opera House on August 1 and 2. Photo credit: Lao Dong
The annual Toyota Concert Tour has come back in Vietnam this month, with two shows in Hanoi, one in Ho Chi Minh City, and one in the Central Highlands, for the first time.
After two nights in Hanoi August 1 and 2, this year’s event will begin 8 p.m. August 8 at the Dak Lak Provincial Cultural Center in Buon Ma Thuot Town as part of celebrations for the National Tourism Year 2014. Admission will be free.
The concert features performances of cello soloist Merited Artist Tran Thi Mo, singer Tung Duong and artists from the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO).
The program, under the baton of Japanese maestro Honna Tetsuji, will include M.I.Glinka’s Overture from Opera “Russlan and Ludmilla”, Georges Bizet’s extract music from Opera “Carmen”, Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No.5, and Leroy Anderson’s popular light orchestral piece “Sleigh Ride”.
Vietnamese singer Tung Duong will perform Truong Ca Song Lo (Epic of the Lo River) by Van Cao, Chiec Khan Pieu (Pieu scarf) by Doan Nho and Nguoi lai do tren song Po Ko (The boatman on the Po Ko River) by Van Phong.

A poster of the Toyota Concert Tour 2014

The Toyota Concert Tour 2014 will move to southern Ho Chi Minh City with a show due to start 8 p.m. at the city Opera House.
The HCMC program will feature M.I.Glinka’s Overture from Opera “Russlan and Ludmilla”, Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and P.I.Tchaikovsky’s Ballet “Nutcracker”, besides Van Cao’s Epic of the Lo River, Doan Nho’s Pieu Scarf and Van Ky’s Bai Ca Hy Vong (Song of Hope).
Tickets for the HCMC concert, costing VND300,000, 500,000 and 700,000 and only VND150,000 for students, are available at the HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, District 1.
For booking tickets, call 08. 6270 4450 or 0989 874 517. For free ticket delivery, contact 0913 489 858 or 0983 067 996.
All ticket proceeds will go to the “Toyota Scholarship for Vietnamese young music talents”.
The Toyota Concert has been held in Vietnam by the Toyota Motor Vietnam and now Toyota Vietnam Foundation in cooperation with the VNSO since 1998.
In 2007, the program was changed into Toyota Concert Tour with performance tours to Vietnam’s major cities. In 2012, the program was for the first time expanded to the three Indochinese countries with the name Toyota Concert Tour 2012 Vietnam –Lao – Cambodia.

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