Musicians from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan will share the stage with Vietnamese artists in dan tranh (16-chord zither) performances at the conservatory and the city’s Labor Culture Palace.
Three Vietnamese artists taking the stage are: Nguyen Thi Hai Phuong, winner of the 1992 Vietnamese National Zither Competition; Pham Tra My from the Vietnam Music National Music Conservatory; and Mai Thi Hong Nga from the Hue Conservatory of Music.
The festival aims to preserve and develop traditional Asian music while enhancing friendship and mutual understanding between the countries.
The first performance will take place on September 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Labor Culture Palace, located at 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1.
Performances on September 2 and 3 will be held at 7:30 p.m., and on September 4 at 8 p.m. at the HCMC Conservatory of Music, located at 112 Nguyen Du Street, District 1.
Visitors to the Labor Culture Palace can also enjoy a zither exhibition at 3 p.m. on September 1 and a water puppet show at 9 a.m. on September 2.
Professor Tran Van Khe, a renowned master of traditional Vietnamese music and an honorary member of UNESCO’s International Music Council, will host the event.
The event is co-organized by the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the HCMC Labor Union and the HCMC Conservatory of Music.
The first Asian zither festival was held in HCMC eight years ago.
Free tickets are available from August 25 at the conservatory and the Labor Cultural
Palace.Reported by Nguyen Van