HBSO announces changes to its film music program

HCMC - The HCMC Ballet, Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) has announced major changes to the program for its Night of Film Music in the Saigon Opera House next Saturday, October 17.

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Baritone Dao Mac is one of the performers at HBSO’s Night of Film Music – PHOTO: COURTESY OF HBSO

Most of the items previously announced have been set aside and new items introduced in their place. 

The program will now begin with orchestral music from the 1989 movie Beyond the Stars and continue with music by John Williams from the 2004 film The Terminal, with Anh Quan playing clarinet solo. 

After music from the series How to Train your Dragon (2010 to 2019) will come vocal items from celebrity diva Pham Khanh Ngoc and baritone Dao Mac from Beauty and the Beast (2017). 

This will be followed by Nino Rota’s theme from the 1972 blockbuster The Godfather, featuring the celebrated singer Ta Minh Tam as soloist. 

Next, Pham Khanh Ngoc will return to sing ‘The Diva Dance’ from the 1997 movie The Fifth Element, as in the original program. Dao Mac will then return to sing the title track from Skyfall (2012).

The original program makes another return with Freddie Mercury’s Don’t Stop me Now from the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody, with full backing from the HBSO Chorus. 

Celebrity singers Hong Vy, Ho Trung Dung and Vo Ha Tram appear next. Hong Vy will display her vocal charm, along with Duyen Huyen, in ‘When you Believe’ from the 1998 animation film The Prince of Egypt. Then, after a symphonic medley by John Williams from the 1992 film Far and Away, Ho Trung Dung will appear singing ‘Cry me a River’ from the 2005 film V for Vendetta.

Vo Ha Tram and Ho Trung Dung will then sing ‘Shallow’ from the 2018 movie A Star is Born (as in the original program), followed by Vo Ha Tram singing ‘Speechless’ from the 2019 film Aladdin. 

Music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez from the 2013 movie Frozen follows, succeeded by the ‘Chicago Symphony Suite’ from the film Chicago. Highlights from Bohemian Rhapsody and choral highlights from the 2016 movie directed by Damien Chazelle, La La Land, bring this new program to what will no doubt be a rapturous close. 

This major event will be conducted by Tran Nhat Minh and will include a band, the HBSO Chorus and the HBSO Orchestra.

Ticket prices are from VND450,000 to VND600,000, VND750,000 and VND900,000, with a concessionary rate for bona-fide students of VND150,000 on production of a student card.