ĐÀ NẴNG — American-Vietnamese singer Khánh Ly will perform a single night of her live show – The Best of Khánh Ly-Thanks Giving – at the central city’s Trưng Vương Theatre at 8pm on October 26.
American-Vietnamese singer Khánh Ly speaks at a press conference in Đà Nẵng before her show in the city on October 26. — VNS Photo Công Thành
The show, which is part of her long-running tour of cities in Japan, Việt Nam and the US in 2019, marks her fourth show in the city since 2014.
Khánh Ly, who was successful with songs by late composer Trịnh Công Sơn in the 1960s and 70s, will perform with Elvis Phương, Anh Khoa, Quang Thành and American Kyo York.
“I want to express my gratitude to Trịnh Công Sơn, as well as friends and fans in Việt Nam and Đà Nẵng. Sơn’s love songs took me to the top of music during my life. He passed away nearly 20 years ago, but he is still alive in his songs,” Khánh Ly said at a press conference on Tuesday.
“I dedicate the performance to Sơn and friends for their support. Đà Nẵng was a city full of love for my second marriage, but it also witnessed my heart broken,” she said.
She said two young singers – Kyo York and Quang Thành – were top choices for her show in the city as they shared a love for Sơn’s songs.
The 75-year-old singer said Kyo York took Sơn’s love songs worldwide with his sympathetic performance.
Contemporary dancers Trần Hoàng Yến and Phan Thanh Bình will take part in the live show with a troupe from HCM City’s concert theatre.
Khánh Ly, who was born in Hà Nội with the name Nguyễn Thị Lệ Mai, started singing when she was nine before her first professional performance at the age of 17.
She became famous in Sài Gòn (former name of HCM City) with Trịnh Công Sơn’s songs in 1967 before leaving Việt Nam to settle in California, the US.
Poster for Khánh Ly's show in Đà Nẵng. The American-Vietnamese singer will join Elvis Phương, Anh Khoa, Quang Thành and Kyo York at Đà Nẵng's Trưng Vương Theatre on October 26. — VNS Photo Công Thành
During the show in Đà Nẵng, Khánh Ly will also sing with choirs from the Hội An Catholic Cathedral and the Đà Nẵng Cathedral.
She will also hand out gifts to disabled and poor children in the city.
Trịnh Công Sơn, a famous Vietnamese composer, musician, songwriter, painter and poet, died in 2001 at the age of 62.
Huế City and the composer’s family still preserve an apartment on Nguyễn Trường Tộ Street where the late musician lived for 10 years. — VNS