|From Canada, People's Artist Đặng Thái Sơn returns to perform in Việt Nam National Television's programme on New Year's Eve. — Photo VTV|
HÀ NỘI — A programme featuring Vietnamese artists will be broadcast on Lunar New Year's Eve by Việt Nam National Television (VTV).
The programme, entitled Quê Hương - Mùa Đoàn Tụ (Homeland - Reunion Season), is being held for the first time on New Year's Eve.
"Four seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter – are the circulation of the earth and sky," said journalist Đặng Diễm Quỳnh, the programme’s producer.
"And the days of the Lunar New Year are the fifth season – that is a season for love and reunion."
In the first part of the programme, viewers will have chance to see the reunion of the artists' family.
For the first time, the viewers will see all family members of People's Teacher pianist Thái Thị Liên. She is one of the founders of the Việt Nam Academy of Music (VNAM).
It is the story of the first Vietnamese woman to earn a bachelor's degree from the prestigious Prague Conservatory of Music in the then Czechslovakia in 1950.
Madame Liên, who is 102 years old, will appear with her three children, including VNAM's former director professor Trần Thu Hà, architect Trần Thanh Bình and the youngest and most well-known People's Artist professor Đặng Thái Sơn.
"I rarely appear in programmes like this," said pianist Sơn. "This is a very special programme and it is an honour for me and our family. I have performed many times but playing a Vietnamese song at home has a very special feeling.”
Sơn is the first Asian pianist to win the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 10th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1980. He currently lives and works in Canada.
From France, musician Nguyên Lê is also invited to play during the programme. He was born to Vietnamese parents in Paris. He is known as one of the first musicians to combine traditional Vietnamese music and jazz.
He has worked with jazz singers such as Didier Lockwood, Carla Bley and Quincy Jones. His first album, Miracles, was recorded in the US in 1990.
In 2011 he was awarded the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts & des Lettres by the French Cultural Ministry and he received the Django Reinhardt prize by France’s Academie du Jazz.
"I am French of Vietnamese origin and I cannot speak Vietnamese," said Lê.
"But when I heard my father speak Vietnamese with his native tunes, I suddenly realised I am Vietnamese. I am very happy to be here to attend the VTV programme on New Year's Eve."
Attending the programme will also be veteran singer Trần Hiếu and musician Trần Tiến with their daughter and niece singer Trần Thu Hà, A-list singer Thanh Lam and her children Đăng Quang and Thiện Thanh and couple Mỹ Linh and Anh Quân.
The programme will begin at 9.50pm on January 24. VNS