‘Sounds of the Motherland’ was the theme of a musical recital held by the Foundation on 28 June 2014. Artists performing at this delightful event were singers Lệ Mai, Quỳnh Xuân and Quốc Sỹ of the Nguồn Vui group, who were accompanied by guitarists Phạm Quang Tuấn and Hoàng Ngọc Tuấn. Nguồn Vui is a singing group which has performed to enthusiastic audience at many concerts in Sydney. Phạm Quang Tuấn is a guitarist and composer and has written English lyrics for many songs by Phạm Duy, Văn Cao, etc… Hoàng Ngọc Tuấn is a multi-talented artist, a literary critic, a celebrated composer and guitarist.
The recital featured beautiful music and songs written by well-loved composers such as Phạm Duy, Nguyễn Văn Thương, etc. that have roots in traditional folk poems and are in the heart of every Vietnamese. Some of the songs were presented partly with English lyrics which, thanks to the masterly transcription by Phạm Quang Tuấn, wonderfully captured the underlying poetic imagery.
In addition to the excellent music presentations, the artists also had interesting discussions with the audience about the lives and works of these composers.
Enjoying so much of the performance by the artists, attendants at the event donated $1120 toward aid projects in Vietnam.
Some of the music items presented can be seen at the following links: