SymphonyOnline Exclusive: In Hanoi with the New York Philharmonic

Posted on: October 15, 2009

Symphony Managing Editor Jennifer Melick, reporting from Vietnam, continues her ongoing coverage of the New York Philharmonic’s visit to Hanoi, part of the orchestra’s Asian Horizons tour led by Music Director Alan Gilbert. Melick has previously reported from Vietnam on October 13 and 14. The October 14-18 residency includes two concerts at the Hanoi Opera House—the first ever by the Philharmonic in Vietnam—with free outdoor simulcast on adjoining plaza open to the public and master classes for local students at the Vietnam National Academy of Music.

In her blog for today’s SymphonyOnline exclusive, Jennifer Melick reports: “At every turn, Hanoi is full of surprises, especially for a first-time American visitor. Today, I ventured to what from the outside seems the most unlikely spot for the country’s foremost conservatory of music. The Vietnam National Academy of Music is located on Hao Nam Street in the Dongda section of the city, about a 20- to 30-minute taxi ride from the more central area of Hanoi where the Opera House is located. The conservatory’s concert hall was the site for this morning’s two-hour master class with New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert and an orchestra of student musicians….  

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Photo caption: The Hanoi Opera House
Photo credit: Jennifer Melick

Posted October 15, 2009