A night of classical and modern pieces will feature the Vietnam National Symphony and Orchestra (VNSO) playing under the baton of Norwegian conductor Terje Mikkelsen on September 25.

The concert marks the first time coordination between the conductor and the VNSO.

Pieces by classical composers such as Johan Svendsen, Tchaikovsky, Max Bruch, and contemporary Vietnamese composer Vu Nhat Tan, will be performed.

Mikkelsen has been described by reviewers as "immensely compelling and dramatically powerful", and his control of sound, balance and textures as "masterly".

He graduated from the Norwegian State Music Academy and then studied and received his diploma in orchestral conducting from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

He has made 50 recordings with orchestras such as the Latvian National Orchestra, the Ukrainian National Orchestra, and the Lithuanian National Orchestra, and worked at key positions with orchestras around the world.

For his first performance in Hanoi, Mikkelsen will lead the VNSO to a play new piece titled Hanoi , Hanoi ... and Hanoi, by composer Tan.

The VNSO will also play the piece Norwegian Artists' Carnival composed by Johan Svendsen (1840 -1911) for the first time. The composer was the first Norwegian symphonic composer, as well as one of the leading conductors of his day.

The concert will feature musicians from the VNSO with a solo violin performance by Bui Cong Duy.-VNA