Every Aprils, Saigon holds a few concerts to tribute to Trịnh Công Sơn, one of the most beautiful soul of Vietnamese music composers along with Pham Duy.
Ten years, remember Trịnh Công Sơn
About Trinh Cong Son, born in February 28, 1939 and pass away in April 1, 2001). He, along with Van Cao, is widely considered one of the two most salient figures of modern (non-classical) Vietnamese music.
Trinh Cong Son wrote over 500 songs, and, during the 1960s and 1970s, Joan Baez dubbed him the Bob Dylan of Vietnam for his moving antiwar songs. He became one of South Vietnam’s best-known singer-songwriters, after his first hit, Ướt mi (Tearing ‘Lashes) in 1958. He was frequently under pressure from the government, which was displeased with the pacifist’s lyrics of such songs as Ngủ đi con (Lullaby, about a mother grieving for her soldier son). After the reunification in 1975, Son was sentenced by the new communist government, to “retraining” in a labor camp after his family fled to Canada. However, he was eventually honoured by the government and many officials sent their respects with floral tributes. His often melancholy songs about love and postwar reconciliation earned new acceptance and popularity in later years.
Khanh Ly, with her unique vocals, helped popularize Trinh Cong Son music in the early years. They often performed together in South Vietnam University Campuses. The voice and the music seemed to be inseparable.
So, these are numbers of concert in this April for you to try some of his music.
– April 4: Liveshow “Hue – Saigon – Hanoi” at 1147 Binh Quoi, ward 28, Binh Thanh district, HCMC. Free entry, start from 7pm.
– April 7: Liveshow “Hue – Saigon – Hanoi” at Ho Chi Minh city National University, Linh Trung ward, Thu Duc district. Free entry. Start from 7pm.
– April 10: Liveshow, books and painting auction sale at White Palace, 194 Hoang Van Thu street, Phu Nhuan district, HCMC.
– From April 2 to April 10: Trinh Cong Son painting exhibition at Ho Chi Minh city Fine Arts Museum.
– And others small concert and Soi Da cafeteria, and others cafeteria in April 1, the day Trinh Cong Son passed away.
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