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Tightening Vietnam-Romania friendship through music
Jenna Duong 20:10, 2023/06/04
The classical party was held in Hanoi as part of cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Hanoi's audiences last weekend had the chance to enjoy a beautiful classical music feast called Harmonia Concert, inspired by the name Harmonia, an immortal Greek goddess of harmony and concord.

The Harmonia concert has brought many emotional impressions to Hanoian audiences. Photo: Thu Hien 

The works for choir, piano and chamber ensembles by composers Serban Nichifor (Romania) and Dang Huu Phuc (Vietnam) enchanted music lovers in the capital during the classical performance at the Vietnam National Academy of Work.

The concert resulted from six months of careful preparation by conductor Pham Hoang Trung and pianist Hoa Ngoc Ha. Both are lecturers at the National Art University.

In addition to coordinating the university, the program received valuable support from the Romanian Embassy in Vietnam.

At the concert, young pianist Luu Duc Anh performed Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Sonata No. 2 op. 36 in C minor. He also performed with pianist Hoa Ngoc Ha, a Master of Piano Performance graduate from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, the four-hand piano composition "Spring" by Dang Huu Phuc.

Pham Hoang Trung, conductor of Harmonia Concert in Hanoi. Photo courtesy of the event's organisation committee 

Other artists, such as violist My Huong Tra Do, soprano singer Do Vu Lan Nhung, and young pianist Pham Hoang Khanh performed masterpieces by Sergei Rachmaninov, Max Bruch, Johann Strauss, and others.

Cristina Romila, Ambassador of Romania to Vietnam, said the concert was special because it featured wonderful pieces of music by famous composers from Romania and Vietnam.

"It is even more special because these works are performed by Vietnamese artists who have graduated from Romanian institutions," she said.

"They are great cultural ambassadors. Through music, the Romanian and Vietnamese people can better understand each other, and thus the friendship between the two countries would be strengthened," she added.

Artist Hoa Ngoc Ha said that she and other artists had put much effort into bringing the show to the audience.

"My wish for the future is more concerts on a larger scale," she said.

The Harmonia Concert has brought many emotional impressions to the audience and contributed to spreading the beauty of choral and chamber ensemble art to the Vietnamese public.

Cristina Romila, Ambassador of Romania to Vietnam, attended the Harmonia Concert. Photo courtesy of the event organizing committee
Pianists Luu Duc Anh (right) and Hoa Ngoc Ha (left) performed the music piece "Spring" by Vietnamese composer Dang Huu Phuc.
 Audiences to the Harmonia Concert.

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