HCMC – Rachmaninov and Beethoven Concert

HCMC – Rachmaninov and Beethoven Concert

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Sun 26 May 2019, 8 pm
HCMC Opera House
No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC

From the organizer:

The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet, Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will present a program featuring Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony in the Saigon Opera House on Sunday May 26.

Sergei Rachmaninov completed his Second Piano Concerto in 1901, surprisingly after a period of several years’ depression. It is in three movements, the norm for concertos. It has been extensively used as the sound track of movies, and its themes have formed the basis of many subsequently famous songs (by popular singers such as Frank Sinatra).

The piano soloist that is going to perform this piece is Nguyen Bich Tra, better known as Tra Nguyen. Nowadays resident in London, she appeared in the HBSO concert on October 19 last year playing Gershwin’s only piano concerto.

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is one of the great composer’s five most celebrated symphonies, along with his Third, Fifth, Sixth and Ninth. The celebrated opera composer Richard Wagner found it especially momentous. He declared it to be the “apotheosis of the dance”, in other words dance raised to a divine level. He is said to have once danced through the entire symphony while his friend Franz Liszt played the work in his own piano transcription.

The symphony is in four movements, usual for symphonies. The second movement is comparable to a funeral march (not surprisingly given that the Napoleonic Wars were raging at the time of its composition), while the last movement is particularly dance-like. Maybe it was only this last movement that Wagner danced to.

Rachmaninov (1873 – 1943) was a Russian-born composer who introduced jazz-related rhythms into classical works. Beethoven (1770 – 1827), on the other hand, was a classical composer who expanded the traditions perfected by Haydn and Mozart at the dawn of what was to become the Romantic Era.

The HBSO Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by the HBSO’s Music Director, Meritorious Artist Tran Vuong Thach.


Tickets are from 300,000 to 650,000 VND, with a special concession of 80,000 VND for students, on production of a valid student-card.
Booking and delivery: 028 38237419, Ms. Ngoc: 0903604539
At HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square
Online Booking: www.ticketbox.vn

HCMC Opera House
No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC


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