Việt Nam symphony orchestra to tour Japan

The Việt Nam National Symphony Orchestra has been sponsored by Toyota for a seven-city tour of Japan from September 21 to October 10, Tuổi Trẻ newspaper reported Thursday.

Co-organized by the Toyota Việt Nam Foundation and the Việt Nam National Symphony Orchestra, the “Toyota Concert 2013” commemorates the 40th anniversary of ties between ASEAN and Japan, as well as Japan – Việt Nam Friendship Year 2013.

The Việt Nam National Symphony Orchestra performing in last year’s Toyota concert tour of Việt Nam, Laos and Cambodia

Now in its 16th year, the event will see performances of the works of renowned Russian composer Tchaikovsky and Japanese composer Yasushi Akutagawa.

It will also feature the performance of the Vietnamese folk song “Se chỉ luồn kim” (Bắc Ninh’s love duets), an orchestral arrangement of which was completed by Vietnamese composer Trần Mạnh Hùng, to be conducted by Honna Tetsuji.

Before touring Japan, the Việt Nam National Symphony Orchestra will give three performances in Việt Nam.

The first show will take place at 8 p.m. on July 30 at the Hồ Chí Minh City Opera House.

The symphony will play at the Hà Nội Opera House at the same time on August 2 and 3.

Tickets for the shows are available at the box offices of the two opera houses, or may be booked online at

www.vnso.org.vn.

Ticket prices range from VND200,000-500,000 and are VND100,000 for students.

First held in 1998, the annual “Toyota Concert Tour” is financed by the car maker’s foundation in Việt Nam to support young classical music talents in the country.

All profits from ticket sales will be added to the Toyota scholarship fund reserved for young Vietnamese musicians.

Source: Thanh Niên News

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