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HBSO Program for May 2018

May 2018 sees a wide variety of music and dance from HBSO, spread over three evenings. Works to be played range from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 to a symphony by the contemporary Vietnamese composer Nguyen Manh Duy Linh. Major highlights include the return visit of violinist Stephane Tran Ngoc, the ballet The Legend Lives On and accompanying symphony, and the guest appearance of French conductor Fabien Tehericsen.

Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite is an orchestral arrangement of music from the composer’s ballet The Firebird, first performed in Paris in 1910, and it will form the main item in the concert on 27th May. Stravinsky made three orchestral suites from this music, of which this, dating from 1919, is the second.

The Firebird was Stravinsky’s first collaboration with the famous dance company, the Ballet Russes (‘the Russian ballet’), which revolutionized ballet as it was then conceived in the early years of the 20th century. He went on to write Petrushka for them in 1911, and The Rite of Spring in 1913.

Leading the performance on this occasion will be the French conductor Fabien Tehericsen. He studied in France, Italy and Finland, and has conducted at least 18 orchestras worldwide. He’s also a composer, known for his inclusion of jazz elements in his compositions.

The Firebird Suite will be played after the interval. Before the interval we will hear Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances for string orchestra, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Berlioz’s Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust, and Debussy’s Prelude to L’Apres Midi d’un Faune (‘the afternoon of a fawn’).

27 8:00 PM, Sunday
May 2018

The Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon Opera House (Vietnamese: Nha hat lon Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh; French: Opera de Saigon), is an opera house in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is an example of French Colonial architecture in Vietnam.

Built in 1897 by French architect Eugène Ferret as the Opera de Saigon, the 800 seat building was used as the home of the Lower House assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. It was not until 1975 that it was again used as a theatre, and restored in 1995.

Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra”, with its primary objective being: “Staging and giving concerts featuring masterpieces of the world academic music as well as Vietnamese classical and contemporary works, building a rich repertoire of orchestral, ensemble, solo, opera, and ballet numbers..etc... in order to meet the increasing public and tourist demands in the City and the Southern region.”