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The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will celebrate its 21st anniversary with a gala on September 9. 

Vietnam – Our Heritage, Our Love will feature two performances HBSO has described as being among "the most precious works" of Vietnamese music and dance. 

Tran Manh Hung's folk suite The Flow will be performed by the HBSO Symphony Orchestra and HBSO Choir under the baton of Tran Nhat Minh. 

The piece, which premiered in 2013, features music from 20 folk songs compiled for symphony orchestra, choir, and children's choir. 

The second performance will also be a newish ballet titled The Legend Lives on and scripted and choreographed by People's Artists Vu Viet Cuong and Kim Quy, with additional choreography by Nguyen Phuc Hai and Nguyen Phuc Hung and music for the symphony orchestra and choir by Meritorious Artist Tran Vuong Thach, who will also conduct it. 

Thach, currently the principal conductor of the HBSO, performs at concerts nationwide. 

He was invited to perform with the Nis Symphony Orchestra in Serbia, the New Prime Symphony Orchestra in Pusan, the Republic of Korea, and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. 

He orchestrated the original soundtrack of movies such as Southern Land (1997), composed the theme song for TV drama Gem of Con Son (1998) and composed music for two traditional musical theatre plays, Kim Van Kieu (2006) and The Swan Cape (2007). 

Tickets costing 550,000 VND, 400,000 VND, 350,000 VND, 200,000 VND, and 80,000 VND for students, are available at the venue.-VNA