by Xuan Hiep
Youth group promotes classical music at free show
A group of young Vietnamese called Germer (for the French word meaning to germinate) is promoting classical music among people from all walks of life in HCM City.
The group of 41 members, most of whom are in their 20s, aim to sow seeds of appreciation and understanding of classical music among youth.
Last month, the group held eight performances in HCM City attended by about 100 people.
Duong Nguyen Khang, 19, Germer's leader, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the group was not bothered by noise during performances.
"We don't mind that, and we encourage our audience members to take part in exchanges after the shows," he said. "This is how our group works to enhance classical music's popularity."
In 2013, Khang, as a high school student, took part in an exchange programme in France, where he learned that music, particularly classical, was used to educate students about aesthetic values.
Now a student at the HCM City Conservatory of Music, Khang said he decided to do something similar for his peers in Viet Nam.
His plan was embraced by his friends at the conservatory and high school, who then launched the Germer group and organised their first show in September last year. It was a success, and the group now has more member musicians.
Kim Trang, 20, a local university student, said she had enjoyed Germer's performances so much that she decided to become an event planner for the group.
Air Music concerts kick off at nation's airports
International passengers travelling to and from Ha Noi can now enjoy free traditional music performances at the city's Noi Bai International Airport.
The two-hour concerts are part of the Air Music programme that offers performances of traditional and classical music at international airports across Viet Nam. The aim is to promote the country's tourism and improve airport service quality.
The programme is a joint effort by the Ministry of Transport and the HCM City's Communist Youth Union.
The initial phase of the programme, which includes young volunteer musicians, will be held from May to August at Terminal T2 of Noi Bai airport.
The second phase, to begin in August, will offer free performances at five airports, including HCM City, Da Nang, Phu Bai in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, Cam Ranh in the central province of Khanh Hoa, and Can Tho in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta.
Vietnamese traditional music, which represents the country's rich cultural identity, will be performed every Wednesday, and classical music concerts will take place every Saturday.
The musicians are from local music schools and conservatories, and community bands.
Organisers say they will also invite noted artists to join the performances on a monthly basis. — VNS