|Star: Vietnamese-American singer Hương Lan (centre) will stage a solo performance in HCM City on June 2 at a special show for fans celebrating her 50-year career. Photo courtesy of the producer
HCM CITY — Vietnamese-American singer Hương Lan will stage a solo performance in HCM City at a special show to celebrate her 50 years in the music.
Lan will appear with her colleagues, Vietnamese-American singers Ý Lan and Quang Lê, who have performed many times in Việt Nam, and young singers such as Ngọc Linh, Hà Vân and Bích Thủy of HCM City.
Around 2,000 people are expected to attend the show called Một Đời Sân Khấu (A Life in the Theatre), which will be staged at Hòa Bình Theatre.
Lan will sing folk songs by composers Bắc Sơn and Trần Thiện Thanh that shot her to fame in the 1970s and 80s.
Featured songs will include Em Đi Trên Cỏ Non (I’m Walking on Grass), Còn Thương Rau Đắng Mọc Sau Hè (Love for Bitter Vegetables Behind the House) and Chiếc Áo Bà Ba (Southern Traditional Shirt for Women).
The 62-year-old artist moved from Việt Nam to live in France in 1982, but her “love for singing in the homeland is still fresh”, she said in an interview with local media.
Lan will also perform vọng cổ (nostalgia) songs, a genre of traditional music used in cải lương (reformed opera), together with guest singers, People’s Artist Ngọc Giàu and Meritorious Artist Hoài Linh.
Born in Sài Gòn in 1956, Lan showed her musical talent when she was at school.
She began her professional career by singing cải lương under training from her father, famous composer Hữu Phước. She later performed pop music and quickly became a star.
She has performed in many concerts and music festivals in France, Canada and the US, and worked with Thúy Nga Paris By Night, a music show produced by Thúy Nga Productions in Paris.
After moving to California, she worked with music producers and entertainment agencies and performed on many albums and videos.
Her show will begin at 8pm on June 2 at Hòa Bình Theatre, 240 Ba Tháng Hai Street, District 10. Tickets are available at the box office. — VNS