Belgian conductor Daniel Gazo (Source: HBSO)

HCM City (VNA) – A concert will be held on July 19 night at the HCM City Opera House to mark the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Belgium diplomatic ties, announced the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) on July 17.

Artists from HBSO will perform the Symphony No.8 of world-renowned composer Beethoven and many special works featuring the culture of Belgium.

Led by Belgian conductor Daniel Gazo, the concert will also see the participation of artist Cho Hae Ryong from the Republic of Korea and Hoang Ngoc Anh Quan – a solo clarinetist of Vietnam.

Cho will perform the song Lied of Mignon composed by Belgian conductor Lodewijk Mortelmans with lyrics from the poem Mignon, Kennst du das Land (Mignon, Do You Know the Land) by German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

She will then sing two excerpts Release and Les Langues de Feu (The Fire of Languages) from Cinq Melodies (Five Melodies), Op 57 by Belgian composer and music educator Joseph Jongen.

Meanwhile, Quan, a new graduate of Maastricht Academy of Music in the Netherlands, will present “Introduction, Theme and Variations for the Clarinet and Orchestra” of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini.

Vietnam and Belgium set up diplomatic ties in 1973. The two countries have held high-level meetings and visits regularly, while supporting each other at international forums.

Economic and trade cooperation has played a key role in bilateral ties. In 2017, two-way trade reached nearly 2.5 billion USD. Belgium is currently running more than 60 projects worth about 600 million USD in Vietnam.-VNA