German conductor to lead HCM City orchestra

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German conductor to lead HCM City orchestra

German conductor Christian Schumann of the Munich-based Bavarian State Opera will perform at the HCM City Opera House this week, accompanied by the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO).

Maestro: German conductor Christian Schumann will perform with the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera on Friday night. — VNS Photo Duc Ngoc

Maestro: German conductor Christian Schumann will perform with the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera on Friday night. — VNS Photo Duc Ngoc

HCM CITY —

The event will feature violinist Bui Cong Duy and pianist Pham Nguyen Anh Vu, performing Concerto Grosso, a work for violin, piano, percussion and string orchestra, composed by Nguyen Manh Duy Linh, a graduate of the Russian-based Magnitogorsk State Conservatory.

Duy, 30, began his career when he was eight years old by winning first prize at the Young Violin Talent Competition launched in HCM City in 1989.

He got his master's in violin at Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 2006, and also performed in many concerts at home and abroad.

Under Schumann, the orchestra will perform Mozart's Symphony No 40 in G Minor, one of the composer's most popular works for the orchestra, among his 600 works in opera, orchestra and chamber music.

The work was written in 1788 and is sometimes refered to as the Great G minor Symphony to distinguish it from the Little G Minor Symphony No 25. The two are the only minor-key symphonies Mozart wrote.

The evening will open with Beethoven's Egmont Overture, a composition written to accompany the play Egmont, written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Born in 1983 in Freiburg, Schumann studied piano and conducting at the Franz-List Music Conservatory. He began working for St Gallen Theatre in Switzerland after graduation in 2007. He is now with the Bavarian State Opera.

He has performed with international orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra London.

The conductor has also performed in Ha Noi and HCM City, working with the Viet Nam Music Institute Symphony Orchestra and the HBSO.

The show will begin at 8pm on Friday, at the Opera House on 7 Lam Son Square in District 1. — VNS

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