Country celebrates music day

Free music performances celebrating the first Vietnam Music Day (September 3) are held in 15 cities and provinces throughout the country from September 2 to 5.

Singers and artists of the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra and Traditional Music Orchestra of the Vietnam National Music Institute will join the opening ceremony of the event taking place at Hanoi's Friendship and Culture Palace  at 2pm on September 3.

The show will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television’s VTV1 channel.

The music festival also includes children, young and folk music shows in Vietnam Pop Music Theater, Ly Thai To Garden and the pedestrian mall near the Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi from September 2 to 5.

Many free music shows marking the Vietnam Music Day will be also held in northern provinces of Yen Bai, Son La and Thai Nguyen; central provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang City, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Lam Dong highland province; Ba Ria – Vung Tau southern province; Can Tho City and Hau Giang Province in Mekong Delta region; and Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam Music Day is based on a famous cultural event happening 50 years ago. On September 3, 1960, President Ho Chi Minh conducted an orchestra to sing “The song of unity” in a gala night in Hanoi to welcome the success of the third national congress of the Vietnam Workers’ Party (now the Communist Party of Vietnam), said Do Hong Quan, Chairman of the Vietnam Composers’ Association.

Vietnam Music Day will be become an annual national festival, he added.