Work of female poet Giang featured in live show

June 07, 2023 - 09:00
Poems by Lê Giang, a leading female poet in revolutionary literature in the South during the 1960s and 1970s, will be featured in a live concert in HCM City this week.
BEAUTIFUL VOICE: Soprano Phạm Khánh Ngọc of the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera will sing in Lê Giang - Đời Cho Ta Nâng Niu (Lê Giang - Life and Love), a live show featuring works by female poet Lê Giang. — Photo courtesy of HBSO

HCM CITY — Poems by Lê Giang, a leading female poet in revolutionary literature in the South during the 1960s and 1970s, will be featured in a live concert in HCM City on June 8.

The event, called Lê Giang - Đời Cho Ta Nâng Niu (Lê Giang - Life and Love), aims to introduce the poet’s 50-year career, as well as her life.

Giang’s works on women and love will be sung by famous artists such as soprano Phạm Khánh Ngọc, opera singer Đào Mác, and folk singer Bích Phượng.

Love songs based on Giang’s poems by well-known musicians Hoàng Hiệp, Xuân Hồng and Lư Nhất Vũ will also be performed.

One of the show’s highlighted artists is Soprano Ngọc of the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO).

Ngọc began singing opera after winning second prize at the National Television Singing Contest in 2013. Three years later, she won second prize at the SLO-ASEAN Vocal Competition in Singapore in 2016.

She has worked for the 7th Military Zone Arts Troupe, and is now a lecturer for the HCM City Music Conservatory.

“Through our show, we hope audiences, particularly young people, can learn more about Vietnamese poetry and Giang in particular,” said a representative of HTV, one of the show’s producers.

REVOLUTIONARY POETRY: The cover of a poem collection by well-known poet Lê Giang and her husband, musician Lư Nhất Vũ, who were both leading artists of the South’s revolutionary literature in the 1950s and 60s. — Photo courtesy of the Literature & Arts Publishing House

Giang was born in 1930 in Cà Mau Province. At the beginning of the war against the French, she joined the revolutionary activities under the leadership of the Việt Minh (League for the Independence of Việt Nam).

She was sent to study in the North during the 1950s. In 1963, she returned and joined art and literature activities to serve the resistance movement.

She wrote more than 200 poems on love and women.

She released two music books, six poet collectors, seven books on folk songs, and worked with her husband, well-know musician Lư Nhất Vũ, to write 13 lyric scripts.

She was a member of the Việt Nam Writers' Association and Việt Nam Folk Arts’ Association.

Her famous poem collections include Phím Đàn Xanh (Blue Notes) and Ơi, Anh Chàng Hát Rong (Hey, Street Male Singer), which highlight themes about the country, women and love.

The show Lê Giang - Đời Cho Ta Nâng Niu will begin at 7:30pm on June 8 at the Hồ Chí Minh Television Theatre, 14 Đinh Tiên Hoàng Street, Distric 1. — VNS