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HCM City orchestra to stage choral music, tango concert

HCM CITY — Vietnamese and South Korean artists will perform at a choral music and tango concert organised by the HCM City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra next Tuesday.

The night will open with American and Mexican folk songs like The Water Is Wide and Celito Lindo performed by the HBSO choir.

Soloist Cho Hae-ryong will sing Glitter to Be Gray from Candide, a very popular operetta, with music by American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. He will be accompanied by the choir.

Candide is based on a novella written by Voltaire and was first performed on Broadway in the US in 1956.

Bernstein's Maria from West Side Story will be sung by Nguyen Thi Thanh Nga and Pham Trang.

The choir, conducted by Tran Nhat Minh, will then perform the traditional American song Witness.

Pianist Le Pham My Dung and percussionists Nguyen Huong Bao Hieu and Luong Binh Khoi will also perform.

The second part of the programme will feature tango dances set to music by Astor Piazzolla.

The dances will be choreographed by Bui Ngoc Quang, Nguyen Phuc Hai and Nguyen Phuc Hung.

The concert will start at 8pm on April 19 at the HCM City Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, District 1.

Tickets costing VND150,000 to 250,000 will be available at the venue.

Da Nang to host international fireworks competition in April

HA NOI — The Da Nang International Fireworks Competition 2011 will be held on April 29-30 on the banks of the Han River.

It is the fourth such competition and will attract five teams: the Jubilee Fireworks Company (England), the Hanwha Company (South Korea), Parente Fireworks A&C SNC Company (Italy), Panda Fireworks Company (China) and the host team Da Nang (Viet Nam).

Many foreign and domestic tourists are expected to watch the displays on Reunification Day, April 30, and International Labour Day, May 1.

Da Nang has planned its own design and artistry to be set off in harmony with music by composer Tran Ai Nghia.

With the theme Sparkling Han River, the 21-minute performance will have four parts featuring the beautiful landscape and people of the central province.

Da Nang has hosted the competition every year since 2008.

International teams are selected on quality, capacity and ranking in world fireworks competitions. Their displays are bound to be unique and colourful.

Hue workers stumble across old cannon balls

THUA THIEN-HUE — Fifty-two large metal spheres thought to be cannon balls have been found in Hue, police said.

The iron balls, measuring around 30cm across and mostly weighing between 20 and 30kg, were discovered on Wednesday by workers building an embankment along the bank of An Cuu River near the railway station.

The workers tried to sell them but were stopped by the Phuong Duc Ward police.

It is the first time that such a large cache of cannonballs has been found in Hue.

They will be handed over to researchers for study and conservation, Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Dang Ngoc Son, head of the city police, said.

They were thought to be made between the 16th and 19th centuries, cultural researcher Ho Tan Phan said. — VNS

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