"Legacy” concert celebrates the 60th anniversary of HCMC Conservatory of Music

The “Legacy” concert, one of the music shows celebrating the 60th anniversary of Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music will be held on June 24.

The concert will present to music lovers remarkable works of two renowned German composers, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. The intense melodies of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, one of the most famous symphonies in the world, and the gigantic Piano Concerto No. 1 by Brahms which is not performed frequently in Vietnam will stimulate and evoke the full range of audiences’ emotions.

Beethoven composed the Symphony No. 5 in 1808 when he was 37 years old. The symphony consists of four movements which includes the familiar iconic “knock by fate” theme of the 1st movement. The whole symphony is the journey through 4 stages of feeling, the desperate fear, the tense struggle, the final victory, praising love life.

The Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor is one of the most monumental concertos written for Piano and Orchestra. Brahms given the premiere at Hannover, Germany in 1853.

The concert is expected to give the audience the memorable moments through the virtuoso performance combination with sublime feelings of two guest artists from the United States, Ms. Apo Hsu – conductor and Singaporean pianist Albert Tiu, together with the Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ms. Apo Hsu began her tenure as the Orchestra Director at the National Taiwan Normal University in 2003. She has also been invited as a guest conductor with the orchestras in the US, Russia, Asia, Australia and South America.

Born in Cebu, Philippines, Albert Tiu has been described as “an artist of uncommon abilities” by American Record Guide. He is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore). In 1996, he won First Prize in the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria. He is also a winner of the music awards, Honens in Canada’s Calgary, Paloma O’Shea in Spain’s Santander and Maj Lind in Finland’s Helsinki.


By Kim Khanh

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