The Vietnam-Japan Charity Choir and Concert Performance “Symphony No. 9” will be held at the Hanoi Opera House on April 11.

Since 1995, the Japanese have held a series of “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9” charity choirs and concerts across European countries. Two decades later, Hanoi has been chosen as the first Asian destination of the tour.
Symphony No. 9 (also known as “the Choral”) is Beethoven’s final complete symphony. Completed in 1824, it is one of the best-known works in classical music. Part of the piece forms the official song of the European Union (EU).

The Symphony will be performed by the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO), Japanese and Vietnamese choruses, soloists Sano Masahito (Baritone), Uehara Masatoshi (Tenor), Phuong Nga (sopranpo), Phuong Uyen (alto), under the baton of Japanese conductor Kotahara Yukio.

It has been nearly a century since Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 was first performed in Japan in 1918. Japanese consider choir and concert performances of Symphony No. 9 to be part of their culture.-VNA