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Ticket prices break record for local concert

Dec 13, 2005

VietNamNews - Vietnamese composer Phu Quang created history by becoming the first local musician to break the ticket mark of VND1 million (US$63), stamping his popularity with pre-sales for this weekends Co Mot Ngay Voi Mot Con Duong (A Day in a Musical Journey) concert.

More than 200 tickets with the record price tag have already been sold to the An Vien sponsored Night Concert, playing over two huge nights at the Ha Noi Opera House.

The well-known composer will perform close to 30 songs on each occasion, delighting concert goers with his familiar and much-loved pieces.

"Audiences are still fascinated by my songs, that’s why whenever my CDs are released, they are welcomed enthusiastically by audiences," said Quang.

"I also don’t hesitate performing my old songs," added the Quang.

Despite putting on concerts each year for his adoring fans, Quang claims A Day in a Musical Journey is his biggest ever venture, putting his heart and soul into the endeavour.

"I really want to turn the concerts into a musical banquet, allowing connoisseurs to enjoy my work," Quang said.

Concert goers will also be entertained by the likes of Quang Ly, Hong Nhung, Ngoc Anh, Tan Minh, Ho Ngoc Ha, Kasim Hoang Vu, and Phuong Anh, gathering to perform alongside the musical maestro.

Special performances will additionally come from saxophonist Quyen Van Minh, cellist Ngo Hoang Quan, flutist Le Thu Huong and guitarist Thanh Phuong, each contributing their expertise on the nights.

Weekend performances will be marked by offerings from Quang’s latest album Pho Cu Cua Toi (My Old Street), featuring popular tracks such as Nhung Ngay Ta Yeu Nhau (The Days We Love Each Other), Hoang Hon Doc (Slopping Sunset), Chieu Dong Matxcova (Moscow Winter Evening), Romance 1, and Gui Mot Tinh Yeu (To A Love).

Taking conductorial responsibilities is British legend Sir Graham Sutcliffe, leading the Viet Nam Symphony Orchestra in their musical responsibilities over the weekend.

Cultural appreciation will also extend beyond the performance hall, with Ha Noi Opera House’s lobby hosting an installation exhibition entitled Am Nhac Va Con Nguoi (Music and The Human) by painter Le Thiet Cuong.

Quang elaborated on the involvement of sponsor An Vien, claiming it was an initiative bound to prove beneficial in the future.

"My concerts are the first artistic project which have received assistance from the An Vien Joint Stock Company. I expect there will be more An Vien concerts over the next few years," he said.

Tickets are still available to the weekend’s concert for both Saturday 17, and Sunday 18, December. Prices range from VND1 million, to VND500,000 and VND300,000, with booking available by calling 0988080016, or 0913510256, or 8238458.

by Thuy Hang

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