Home / Entertainment / Arts/ Sri Lanka-Viet Nam Friendship Concert

Sri Lanka-Viet Nam Friendship Concert


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00


 

  • Cultural diplomacy at its highest levels 

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka and 48 years of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy together with the Sun Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and in coordination with Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam, organised a Classical Music Concert at the Viet Nam National Academy of Music on the evening of 23 June.

The Concert brought together world renowned Sri Lankan and Vietnamese musicians depicting the highest levels of musical professionalism. It is the first time in the world that Sri Lankan and Vietnamese classical musicians played together on one stage.

The Sri Lankan musicians were Rohan De Silva, Concert Pianist, Tharanga Goonetilleke, Soprano and Maestro Dr. Lalanath de Silva, Composer and Conductor. This is the first time that all three Sri Lankan musicians performed in Viet Nam.

From the Vietnamese side, there were Tenors Nguyen Anh Vu and Nguyen Tuan Anh together with the Sun Symphony Orchestra (SSO). The SSO is a newly formed professional orchestra and comprises not only Vietnamese, but also several eminent foreign musicians from 23 countries. The Music Director and Principal Conductor of SSO is Maestro Olivier Ochanine.

The program included several arias, including Deshamanya Kala Keerthi Dr. Premasiri Khemadasa’s “Shreya” from the Opera Agni, sung by Tharanga Goonetilleke, Soprano, Giacomo Puccini’s duet “O Soave Fanciulla’ from the Opera La Boheme sung by Tharanga Goonetilleke, Soprano and Nguyen Anh Vu, Tenor, Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto with Rohan De Silva as soloist, a well-known Vietnamese song - “Bài ca Hà Nội” sung by Tenor Nguyen Tuan Anh, a new Overture “The Dancers” by Maestro Lalanath de Silva, and Mozart’s Overture to his opera, the Magic Flute.

The Sri Lankan musicians and SSO performed on a gratis basis. The Concert was supported by the Sun Symphony Orchestra, Viet Nam Performing Arts Centre of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam, Pan Pacific Ha Noi Hotel, Viet Nam National Academy of Music and several Sri Lankan professionals and business personnel in Viet Nam and Sri Lanka.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Viet Nam considers that it is people-to-people contacts that ultimately paves the way for understanding and building trust, essential precursors to achieving bilateral economic diplomacy and policy objectives. 

In Viet Nam, where people have nurtured much taste and passion for western classical music, what better way to make a true and sincere connection, appealing to the Vietnamese soul through music! 

Besides, there is no doubt that this Concert was one of a kind and a lifetime’s opportunity for the classical music lovers of Viet Nam. 

The Embassy organised a pre-Concert informal reception to selected guests and it is noteworthy that the 700-seat Concert Hall was almost full. 

There was much coverage for the event in local media, mainstream and social media as well, with VTC broadcasting several video clips form the event on evening news on 24 June. 

 


Share This Article


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Saturday, 17 November 2018

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.


Country paying for Sirisena’s childlike behaviour

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Many were surprised on 26 October to see former President Rajapaksa being appointed Prime Minister by the very man who defeated him a couple years ago, at a considerable risk to himself and to those who helped him win the election. Then events beca


The JR-MR effect

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.


The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R


Columnists More