Music Director & Conductor
Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ
Notes from Vietnam
Location: Paramount Theatre
Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Time: 8 pm
Program:Dvořák Carnival OvertureBritten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Michael Urie, narrator
Vân-Ánh Võ Lullaby for a Country – World Premiere
Vân-Ánh (Vanessa) Võ, dan tranh zither
Emmy Award-winner, Academy Award contributing composer and dan tranh (Vietnamese zither) virtuoso Vân-Ánh Võ headlines this year’s edition of Oakland Symphony’s Notes from . . . series, that has brought more than a dozen world symphonic music traditions to the stage. Võ’s genre-bending work “interestingly begs the question of what is American music,” observed the Los Angeles Times, and NPR called her style “gorgeous and sentimental.” She has clearly struck a chord with a fusion of Vietnamese and American idioms and sound. Additional Vietnamese artists and music will be announced. The program also features Oakland Symphony in Anton Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.
Well known for his roles on TV’s Ugly Betty, Modern Family and on and off Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the recent runaway one-man hit, Buyer and Cellar, Award-winning actor and film–maker Michael Urie will narrate Britten’s classic orchestral guide that explains it all for you.
IN THE LOBBY:
7:05 – 7:40 pm
Lobby performance by MUSE Orchestra