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London Symphony Orchestra to perform open-air concert in Old Hanoi

Hanoi's heritage quarter around Hoan Kiem Lake is set to become the backdrop for an exclusive concert from the London Symphony Orchestra next month. The open-air performance is part of the Vietnam Airlines Classic – Hanoi Concert, an annual event that promotes arts and culture in the Vietnamese capital.

London Symphony Orchestra to perform open-air concert in Old Hanoi

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) travels to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi next month to perform an open-air concert in the city’s heritage quarter. The annual Vietnam Airlines Classic – Hanoi Concert 2017 is scheduled for the evening of 4 March and will feature nearly two hours of classical music in the unique setting of Ly Thai To Statue and Flower Gardens beside Hoan Kiem Lake.

The performance by the LSO at the yearly event held by Vietnam Airlines will be the first ever by a British orchestra in Vietnam. The almost 100-strong orchestra of the world’s finest classical musicians will be led by conductor Elim Chan, who was the first female conductor to win the Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition, before going on to become the LSO’s conductor.

The concert in Old Hanoi will be the final stop on LSO’s tour of Asia. For those who can’t get tickets, the event will also be beamed live from big screens in nearby Dinh Tien Hoang Street and Tonkin Free School Square.

According to Vietnam Airlines the concert is designed

“(...) to bring world-class cultural and artistic works to local audiences, as well as promoting cultural exchange between Vietnam and other parts of the world.”

Many well-known classical musicians, choirs, symphony orchestras and ballet troupes have been invited to perform in previous years. The airline said it hopes events like this will help showcase Hanoi as a destination for arts and culture enthusiasts.

According to Hanoi Times, the organisers are going to great lengths to ensure outdoor sound quality for the event. About 4.5 tons of equipment and 367 types of instruments will be shipped from the UK to Hanoi to prepare for the upcoming concert.

It’s the first in a programme of cultural tourism activities involving international co-operation planned over the next five years and is expected to be an attractive arts event and a unique experience for both local residents and tourists.

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