11 – 12 July 2020, 08 pm
Saigon Opera House
No. 7 Công Trường Nam Sơn, Bến Nghé, District 1, HCM
From the organizer:
Two splendid nights of film music are on offer from HBSO on July 11 and 12 at Saigon Opera House.
Tran Nhat Minh will conduct the HBSO Orchestra and Chorus in music from Frozen II, La La Land, Gladiator, Memoirs of Geisha, The Magnificent Seven, and many more favorites.
Soloists Pham Khanh Ngoc, Dao Mac and Tang Thanh Nam, plus Vo Ha Tram and Ho Trung Dung, will also take to the stage for these very special events.
Elmer Bestein’s music for The Magnificent Seven (based on the Japanese classic The Seven Samurai) will open the evening, followed by Hans Zimmer’s music for Gladiator.
John Williams wrote the scores for Harry Potter films, and a Symphonic Suite based on that music follows. Hans Zimmer then returns with his music for Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.
No concert of film music would be complete without a contribution from Ennio Morricone, and these two events will feature his music for La Califfa, with Pham Khanh Ngoc as vocalist. La Califfa was a 1970 French-Italian co-production directed by Alberto Bevilacqua about organized labor. The title in English means “the lady calif”.
A highlight of these events will surely be Dao Mac singing Freddie Mercury. He will present “Don’t stop me now” from the film Shaun of the Dead. Dao Mac has recently made a specialty of singing colorful character roles far removed from his usual operatic parts.
Even so, the concerts’ climaxes will be medleys based on Louis Armstrong’s What a wonderful world (from the movie Finding Dory), complete with the HBSO Chorus, and Elton John’s Can You Feel the Love Tonight from the film The Lion King.
Nevertheless, these climaxes will only come after a long program of superlative items.
In addition to those already mentioned, there’s Dao Mac singing “Always Remember Us This Way” from the film A Star is Born and Vo Ha Tram singing Into the Unknown, from the film Frozen II. There are excerpts with solo violin from Fiddler on the Roof and the theme melody from Legend of the Fall.
Vo Ha Tram singing The Impossible Dream from the film Man of La Mancha.
Vo Ha Tram and Ho Trung Dung reappears with Shallow from the film A Star is Born !!, and a number of additional items, still to be confirmed at the time of writing, will flesh out the program.
Film music is an important ingredient of the classical repertoire. Shostakovich, Prokofiev and many others have written for the medium, and there are few famous movies that don’t have their musical elements.
The popularity that these concerts are anticipated to have is shown by their being scheduled by HBSO for two performances rather than one in the Saigon Opera House.
Tickets for these exceptional events are from 450,000 VND to 900,000 VND, with a special concession of 150,000 VND for students.
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