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Finnish conductor to perform in HCMC to mark Finland’s 100th anniversary
Hoang The Phong
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Finnish conductor to perform in HCMC to mark Finland’s 100th anniversary

Hoang The Phong

Finnish conductor Kalle Kuusava is seen at a rehearsal of the “A Night of Jean Sibelius” music concert in HCMC’s District 3 - PHOTO: HOANG PHONG

Finnish conductor Kalle Kuusava, the winner of the European Conductors Competition in Oslo in 2013, performs a music concert called “A Night of Jean Sibelius” on December 19 night, held by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Finland.

Kuusava told the Daily in an interview yesterday morning that he started pursuing his passion for music at a young age and has had five years of experience in serving as a conductor.

“Beautifully, this is my first performance in the country, so I feel a bit nervous but excited. It is my great pride to serve as a conductor during the special show, giving me an opportunity to introduce musical and cultural values from my home country to Vietnamese audiences and international friends,” Kuusava added.

The concert features fantastic masterpieces by Jean Sebelius, one of the world-acclaimed Finnish composers and violinists. He has made outstanding contributions to reviving Finland’s music in the late Romantic and early-modern periods.

The first part of the show will feature Concerto for Violin in D Minor Op. 47 which will be performed by Vietnamese American violinist Chuong Vu in conjunction with Concertmaster of the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra and the VASCAM Ensemble.

Chuong Vu has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia with a rich repertoire ranging from early baroque to modern music. Vu has appeared as a soloist with orchestras at many international music festivals.

During the rest of the show, audiences will have the opportunity to listen to Jean Sebelius’s breathtaking masterpiece called the second Symphony in D major, Op. 43 written in the significant historical context of Finland, helping him gain the status as a national hero and mark a big turning point in his music career.

Finland is known as not only “the land of the thousand lakes” but also the cradle of music of Europe ranging from folk to classical, contemporary and modern music. Therefore, the concert would be an opportunity for spectators to delve into the culture and lifestyles of Finland which can be easily felt through the performance of young Finnish conductor Kalle Kuusava, a representative of HBSO told the Daily in an email.

Tickets are available at the Opera House box office, with prices of VND550,000 (US$24), VND400,000, VND200,000 and VND80,000 (students only).

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. at the City Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square in District 1, HCMC.

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