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5/13/2019 7:54:24 AM

Gala Rock Symphony 2019 to be held in HCMC

How well can a symphony orchestra mimic a rock band? The answer will be clear on January 9 when the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) mount their New Year Gala “Rock Symphony” concert at HCMC Opera House.

The range of items could hardly be wider. Queen open proceedings with Bohemian Rhapsody and We Are the Champions, each with soloist, choir and orchestra, plus Crazy Little Thing Called Love and We Will Rock You with choir and orchestra.

Then comes a Disco Hits Medley, followed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Don’t Cry for me Argentina.

Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water follows, then Sting’s English Man in New York, both with orchestra only.

This may seem strange material for a classical orchestra, but more extraordinary things are to follow.

There’s Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall (choir and orchestra) and the Bee Gees’ How Deep is Your Love (orchestra only). Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie’s We Are the World (choir and orchestra) follows.

Finally the Beatles make their inevitable appearance. But how extraordinary is the choice! It’s Twist and Shout, a very early song, performed by the HBSO orchestra and choir. Whatever in the world will that sound like?

But balance is restored with a Beatles Concerto, played by the orchestra only. Some of their more lyrical later numbers will presumably feature prominently here.

The whole compilation will be completed by Abba’s Waterloo and a Boney M Medley.

Tickets cost VND 200,000 to 650,000 and VND 80.000 (for students, limited offer)./.

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