Conductor Patrick Souillot to perform with Vietnamese artists

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NDO – French conductor Patrick Souillot will lead the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) in a concert at 8pm at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square in District 1, on October 8.

The ‘Night of Serenade Music’ concert, which will open with Serenade Op.44 by Antonín Dvorák for woodwind, cello and bass, is one of a kind, described by Brahms as “difficult to discover a finer, more refreshing impression of really abundant and charming creative talent.”

Followed by the work of one of the best opera composers in musical history, Giacomo Puccini’s Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums), Elegy for strings is a single, dark-hued, continuous movement where Puccini found his two liquid, melodic, ideas worthy enough to re-use in the last act of his opera, Manon Lescaut, of 1893. Puccini wrote the piece in 1890—in a single night —as a response to the death of the Duke of Savoy.

The evening’s final work will be Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for strings in C Major, op. 48, which was written with an ear towards one of his idols, a certain 18th century composer by the name of Mozart. This is one of the most famous pieces in the serenade repertoire, with 4 movements bearing individualistic beauty, wonderful melodies and danceability. In 1934, the work was used by George Balanchine, “forefather” of American ballet, to his ballet Serenade, which received critical acclaim and worldwide fame.

With these works, the concert promises to provide audiences with a night of warmth, serenity and a love-inducing atmosphere.

Originating from brief musical pieces sung beneath the windowpanes, the sweet romantic tunes have grown into a musical genre in itself, namely serenade (or music in the evening), bearing its own uniqueness in beauty, lightness and serenity. The genre aims to lift the spirit and bring people closer together. Words composed in serenade form induce a sense of serenity, love and open-ness, therefore the genre is unquestionably growing an audience.

Patrick Souillot, who arranges and batons the program, is one of the finest conductors of his generation. He pursued his career by taking inspiration from the famed Leonard Bernstein and is currently the guest conductor in many European and Asian orchestras, such as Sofia, Montpellier, Krakow, Stuttgart, Cannes, Avignon, Toulouse, Moscow, Hong Kong, Doha, Shanghai, and the London Symphony.