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U.S. High School Choir and Orchestra from Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire, Perform in Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh

“Peace and Innovation” tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam

Exeter, NH (Feb. 27, 2015) — Phillips Exeter Academy’s acclaimed Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra will travel the length of Vietnam, from Hà Nội to Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, performing concerts of classical Western music and Vietnamese folk songs. During the 14-day “Peace and Innovation” tour, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, the ensembles will partner with musicians and vocalists from the Vietnam National Academy of Music and from the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music. They will perform in Hà Nội, Hue, Hoi An and Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh.

The 28-voice Concert Choir, under the direction of Kristofer Johnson, and the Chamber Orchestra, with conductors Peter Schultz and Rohan Smith, will perform American and European selections by: Leonard Bernstein, John Philip Sousa, Scott Joplin, Dolly Parton, Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Francis Poulenc, Gabriel Fauré, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Arcangelo Corelli, William Billings and more. They have also prepared two Vietnamese folk songs, Trống Cơm and Lý Kéo Chài, arranged especially for the tour by Vietnamese musician and composer Vân-Ánh Võ.

PEA ensembles will perform one concert in Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh:

March 19, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, 112, Nguyễn Du, 1st District

Phillips Exeter Academy’s Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra will open with diverse modern American and European selections. The concert will end with joint performances by the PEA Concert Choir and singers from the HCMC Conservatory of Music: Three songs from Bernstein’s Candide, Trống Cơm and Lý Kéo Chài.

The concert is free and open to the public. For tickets, contact the HCMC Conservatory of Music, or the U.S. Consulate General in Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh.

Phillips Exeter Academy (www.exeter.edu) is a coeducational, independent school, located in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA. Founded in 1781 by John Phillips, Exeter has a tradition of academic excellence, a distinguished faculty, and a long history of educating young people to find their place in the world. It originated the system of instruction known as Harkness teaching in 1931. In the spirit of the school’s charter to foster goodness and knowledge, a Phillips Exeter Academy education is free to any admitted student whose family income is $75,000 or less and the diverse student body comes from a variety of geographic, economic, racial and religious backgrounds.

If you have questions, contact:
Nicole Pellaton
npellaton@exeter.edu
603-777-3450

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