Colleges host traditional Vietnamese musicians
(March 21, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—Lost and changing traditional Vietnamese music will be heard at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The Phong Nguyen Ensemble will present an evening of Vietnamese folk music at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges. This event is the first in the HWS and Union College Partnership for Global Education In Focus: Vietnam series.
Ensemble director Phong Nguyen is a 1997 National Heritage Fellow and one of the world's leading guardians of this traditional music, and members of his ensemble perform a wide range of the gentle yet jazzy traditional and folk music and dance from Northern, Central, Highlands, and Southern regions, each with its distinctive melodies and rhythms. For this concert they will perform music from their latest album, “Mother Mountain and Father Sea,” which was released in March.
The ensemble appears through the Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Union College Partnership for Global Education, with funds provided through the U.S. Department of Education's Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.
This event is free and open to the public.