Viet Nam News
HCM CITY – Greek conductor Petros Karpathakis will lead a special Christmas concert at the HCM City Opera House on December 19.
The concert will open with The Nutcracker Suite, Op 71a by Tchaikovsky, and Jazz Suite No. 2 by Shostakovich, featuring the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera’s (HBSO) orchestra.
The second half of the night will include familiar Christmas songs like White Christmas by Irving Berlin, Variations on Jingle Bells by James Lord Pierpont, and Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! by Jules Styne.
South Korean soprano Cho Hae-Ryong will sing Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night) by Adolphe-Charles Adam.
The Saigon Ladies choir will perform the traditional carol Ding Dong Merrily on High, while tenor Phan Trung Hữu Kiệt will sing Adeste Fideles by John Francis Wade.
The concert will also include Panis Angelicus (“Bread of Angels”) by Cesar Franck, Agnus Dei (“Lamb of God”) by George Bizet, and Ave Maria by Frank Schubert.
The performance will feature soprano Phạm Khánh Ngọc, tenor Phạm Trang, Lý Hoàng Kim, Trần Thành Nam and the HBSO choir.
Karpathakis studied piano, trumpet, violin, percussion, singing, orchestration, chorus and conducting in Greece, the US and the UK
He was a pianist before he started his conducting career in 2006. He has conducted all of Greece’s major orchestras such as the Athens Symphony Orchestra, E.R.T. (National Radio Symphony Orchestra), and the Greek National Opera Symphony Orchestra.
This year, he has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Azerbaijan, the Athens Municipality Symphony Orchestra, and HBSO.
The Christmas concert will begin at 8pm at 7 Lam Sơn Square in District 1. Tickets are available at the venue. — VNS