Concert to salute music academy
HA NOI — Generations of teachers and students from the Viet Nam National Music Academy who have gone on to enjoy national fame will perform together on stage to celebrate the academy's 55th anniversary.
The concert, entitled 55 Years: Along the Road, will take place at the Friendship Cultural Palace in Ha Noi on December 1.
The programme is being produced by People's Artists Trung Kien and Quang Tho. It will gather veteran singers and musicians who have received honours for their devotion for the nation's music, including singers Tung Duong, My Linh and Thanh Lam.
As part of the celebration, the academy's piano faculty will also perform on November 25 at the academy's Concert Hall at 77 Hao Nam Street, Ha Noi. Faculty members will perform pieces by Chopin, Liszt, Dvorak and Franck.
Hue hosts Open Academy Europe
HUE — More than 100 Vietnamese artists from Ha Noi, Da Nang and Hue are participating in the Open Academy Europe 2011, a multiple art expo that opened at the Hue College of Fine Arts on Monday.
The event, which will remain open until Friday, is organised by the British Council, the Goethe Institute, the Austrian Embassy in Viet Nam and the fine arts college.
Among its activities are exhibitions, lectures and workshops on installation art, photography, graphic design and video art with the participation of artists from England, Austria and Germany.
Open Academy Europe aims to strengthen dialogue between European and Vietnamese artists, said Phan Thanh Binh, director of the college.
New pay network goes on air
HCM CITY — A new pay television network, AVG, has officially started operations after a year of test-airing.
Invested by the An Vien Group, AVG became the second private media firm in Viet Nam's pay TV industry after K+, a joint venture between Viet Nam Satellite Digital Television (VSTV) and France's Canal Plus.
An Vien has invested VND2.1 trillion (US$100 million) in the network.
AVG supplies 55 domestic and international channels using digital terrestrial television (DTT) and direct to home (DTH) technologies.
Viet Nam's pay TV market, currently having VCTV (Viet Nam Cable Televsion), K+ and VTC (Viet Nam Television Corporation as service providers, has more than 2 million subscribers nationwide.
VN art hits Hong Kong auction
HA NOI — Works by Viet Nam's pioneer artist Le Pho are among the highest priced items listed at an autumn sale in Hong Kong by the Larasati Auctioneers showing on November 26.
Two of the artist's works appear at the sale, Hoa Hop (Harmony), an oil on canvas at 114.3 by 146cm and Hoa Tulip Do va Vang Thau (Red and Golden Tulip Flowers), an oil on masonite at 81 by 54cm. Though the works are not of his typical style, the earlier (Hoa Hop) coming from Wally Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach, Florida, is going at the starting price of US$44,800-57,600.
At the same auction, Dang Xuan Hoa's painting Suy Tu (Thinking), an oil on canvas at 60 by 80cm is available at $7,000-10,200.
The sale will showcase works by other Southeast Asian artists such as S. Sudjojono and Srihadi Soedarsono, Nyoman Masriadi, Ay Tjoe Christine and Jumaldi Alfi.
Born in Viet Nam on August 2, 1907, Le Pho began studying art at a young age.
He first studied at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Ha Noi from 1925 to 1930, and then at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris the following two years.
Le Pho stayed in France and died in 2001. — VNS