The Yale Alumni Chorus will hold a concert tour in Hanoi and HCM City next week. (Source:VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – The Yale Alumni Chorus will hold a concert tour in Hanoi and HCM City this week as part of its 12th international tour.

The ensemble of more than 100 men and women alumni from Yale University is celebrating the school’s 153-year-old choral programme.

It will perform along with the Orchestra of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in at the Hanoi Opera House on June 21.

Two local musicians, soprano Tran Trang and also Manh Dung, two American soloists, tenor John Rouse and bassist Andy Berry, and the choir’s piano soloist Scarlett Zuo will also join the choir.

They will play Mozart’s Requiem and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 under the conductor of the choir’s music director Jeffrey Douma.

“It is particularly thrilling for me to present such a famous and major work as Mozart’s Requiem to audience members in Hanoi, working with the Orchestra of Vietnam National Opera and Ballet and having two Vietnamese and two American soloists sharing the stage.”

The concert at HCM City Conservatory on June 23 will feature Ho Chi Minh Choir and its music director Huynh Quang Thai, and Tim DeWerff, accompanist at the Yale Alumni Chorus.

The performers will offer an a capella programme highlighting spirituals, Mozart, Yale songs, and traditional Vietnamese songs.

Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements, a concert tour company, said: “Vietnam is an extremely exciting destination for American performing ensembles. Its scenic beauty, fascinating cities and long history combined with the high quality of its professional singers and orchestra musicians makes it the perfect musical partner and venue.”

Australian and American choirs such as Grammy award winner Pacific Boys Choir and now the Yale Alumni Chorus, as well as several non-musical groups since 1995, have been brought to Vietnam by Classical Movements.

The concert in Hanoi will begin at 8pm at 1 Trang Tien Street. Tickets are 250,000 to 600,000 VND (11 to 26 USD). They are available at http://ticketvn.com.

Meanwhile, the HCM City event will start from 7:30pm at 112 Nguyen Du Street in District 1. Tickets costing 250,000 VND and 300,000 VND (13 USD) can be bought at the conservatory’s post office.-VNA