A variety of performances will be held in 13 cities and provinces across the country on Sept. 3-4 to celebrate Vietnamese Music Day.

A gala opening ceremony will take place at 8pm on Sept 3 at the Vietnam Song and Dance Theatre. The ceremony will include classical and contemporary music performances and five choir performances by 40 music lovers from the Hanoi Music Association under the baton of conductor Nguyen Thieu Hoa.

Notably, the music day celebration will feature an appearance by a rhapsody orchestra consisting of six young instrumentalists who will play Vietnamese works such as Pho Phuong Hanoi ( Hanoi streets) and Oi Que Toi (Oh, My Homeland).

In a broad range of events, visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy traditional music in front of the capital's Dong Xuan market, a piano concert in HCM City , a music night in Hue and they will have the opportunity to meet musicians in the central coastal province of Quang Ngai .

Da Nang will host a song writing camp to seek new songs while musicians and singers of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region will gather at the southernmost province of Ca Mau to attend an art programme for the public.

Included in another programme will be songs based on poems by war martyr Nguyen Van Thac, which were intended as a gift to Vietnamese soldiers who put their studies aside to the liberation forces in Quang Tri province.

The annual Vietnamese music day, September 3, is organised to honour national music as well as encourage musicians and singers. On the same day 51 years ago, President Ho Chi Minh conducted a choir and an orchestra in a performance of Bai Ca Ket Doan (Solidarity Song) at Hanoi 's Bach Thao Park . /.