Symphony Managing Editor Jennifer Melick, reporting from Vietnam, scouts out the scene in Hanoi in advance of the New York Philharmonic’s October 14 arrival as part of the orchestra’s Asian Horizons tour, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert. The orchestra’s October 14-18 residency will include two concerts at the Hanoi Opera House—the first ever by the Philharmonic in Vietnam—with free outdoor simulcast on a nearby plaza open to the public, and master classes for local students at the Vietnam National Academy of Music. Asian Horizons is the orchestra’s first international tour under Gilbert.

Read Jennifer Melick’s blog for SymphonyOnline: “This morning, my first morning in Hanoi, I was awakened at about 7:30 a.m. by the sounds of Vietnamese songs, played over loudspeakers and aired directly to the street. If what I am told is true, this is how every day begins in Hanoi, with that music followed by the daily state broadcast, which today lasted about 30 minutes. I’ve arrived here a little in advance of the musicians of the New York Philharmonic, already embarked on their wide-ranging Asia tour with Music Director Alan Gilbert….”

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Photo credit: The Hanoi Opera House, October 13, 2009

Posted October 13, 2009