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Rare Opportunity: New Chamber Music from Vietnam at Marlboro College

Marlboro, VT—Musicians from New York, Toronto and Boston will be performing little-heard contemporary Vietnamese music in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College on Saturday, October 23, at 8:00 p.m.

The evening’s musical selection includes new and late-twentieth century compositions by Vietnamese composers. “The new chamber music explores a number of intersections between contemporary Western music and Vietnamese traditional music,” said Stan Charkey, Marlboro College music professor.

Some of the pieces apply Western compositional variation techniques and instrumentation to traditional Vietnamese folk melodies. Some apply traditional Vietnamese instrumental techniques to Western instruments in a contemporary avant–garde musical context. Other pieces explore ensembles of traditional instruments and Western classical instruments. “All of this can give us a better understanding of the complex interaction between cultures,” Charkey said.

The concert program includes Trang (Moon), Tieng Khoc Trong Dem (A Cry in the Night), Thoa Noi Nho Mong (Longing for Things Past) and the world premiere of Hoa Mua (Rain Flower) by Vhu Nhat Tan, with musicians Jacob Charkey on cello, Elizabeth Brown on flute and dan bau (a traditional Vietnamese instrument), Oren Fader on guitar, Andrew Eng on violin, Betty Hauck on viola and Miwako Yamanaka on violin.

This concert is the fruit of a Marlboro College faculty-student visit to Vietnam in 2003. The 12 students and 2 professors on the month-long winter trip explored different projects in literature, history, culture and visual art. Charkey and students collected compositions from and interviewed composers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The project was funded by a Freeman Foundation Asian Studies Grant.

In a striking instance of good will, Charkey received the score of a composition written by the director of the Conservatory in Ho Chi Minh City hand delivered to his hotel in Hanoi by the director’s sister, even though the director and Charkey had never met.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644.

 

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