The Toyota Classics 2016 concert promising to bring Vietnamese music lovers wonderful moments, and immerse audiences in emotional lyrical classical melodies will take place at Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on November 11.
In its 19th edition, the event marks the 27th anniversary of the concert series” Music that moves lives” in the Asia Pacific region.
This year’s music show welcomes the first-time presence of the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra from Poland, featuring Pamela Tan-Nicholson as pianist and Vasko Vassilev as violinist & conductor.
The famous Polish orchestra ensemble won a Polish Grammy in the category “Album of the Year” in 2015 under the baton of outstanding conductor-violinist Vasko Vassilev.
Themed “Opera with a Twist”, audiences will enjoy opera masterpieces such as Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and Turandot, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Bizet’s Carmen, which were rearranged by the British-Singaporean artist Pamela Tan Nicholson.
The highlight of the event is a special performance of the song “ASEAN Solidarity” that is composed by Pamela Tan Nicholson, honoring the vision and solidarity of ASEAN countries. A youth choir group of Ho Chi Minh City will perform the song.
The Toyota Classics 2016 “Music that moves lives” is held in nine ASEAN countries, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam from October 22 to November 11.
So far, there have been 191 Toyota Classics Concerts held, drawing the participation of hundreds of thousands people and promoting cultural exchange and classical music to Asian audiences. A total donation of US$8.7 million was given to charity supporting the cultural, social, environmental development and traffic safety in Asia-Pacific countries and territories.
In Vietnam, the concert is organized over the past 19 years. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Toyota Vietnam Foundation to fund scholarships for talented young musicians in schools across the country. The Toyota Concert has become one of the most warmly welcomed and highly appreciated music events, contributing to popularize this academic music to more and more music lovers in the country.