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Piano to merge with spiritual singing in new theatre show

Entitled Reflection, it has been composed by Dang Tue Nguyen, who is inspired by the verses of spiritual songs. Nguyen has composed various characters for the piece with different features which are to be described through the piano.

Between the episodes, My changes clothes and hairstyles for new roles while the vocals of Thanh Hoai and Duong Thanh An introduce the audience to My's new personas.

"There will also be a traditional bamboo flute and a two-stringed moon-shape lute," My said.

Composer Duong Thu is art advisor while sculptor Dinh Cong Dat and designer Pham Ba Hung are stage designers.

This is the fourth show combining pianist My and composer Nguyen. Others included piano and Hue folk singers at Festival Hue in 2006; piano and traditional drums and flute of Cham ethnic group at the Hue Traditional Handicraft Festival last month; piano and classical drama to be performed at Festival Hue next month.

My is a niece of composer Pho Duc Phuong. She has played the piano since she was 5 and later studied at the Musikgymnasium Carl Phillipp Emanuel Bach in Berlin. She won a piano-clarinet duet contest in Berlin in 1996 and returned home in 1998.

Nguyen was shortlisted before the final round of a young composers competition in Seoul in 2002.

The Reflection performance will take place at 8pm on Saturday at Cong Nhan Cinema, 42 Trang Tien Street, Ha Noi. Tickets from VND300,000 will available at the cinema.

Shows combining My's piano talent with classical drama and folk singing of northern ethnic groups will be held in Ha Noi in October and December respectively.