Vietnam orchestra starts tour Sept. 21

JIJI

The Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra will kick off a Japan tour in Yokohama on Sept. 21 to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The concerts, to be led by chief conductor Tetsuji Honna, will also take place in Koriyama, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo and Nara. Honna is from Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture, which was hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

On Oct. 1, the final day of the six-city tour, the orchestra will play Vietnamese music Vao Chura and other tunes at Daibutsuden, or the Great Buddha Hall, of Todaiji Temple in Nara. It will the orchestra’s third Japan tour after its performances in 2004 and 2008.