This was the website for the International Choir of Ho Chi Minh City, circa 2007 -2008. The content below is from the site's 2008 archived pages.
Go to the current website for the International Choir & Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City at https://icohcmc.com/ for the most up to date news regarding concerts and auditions.

The choir currently has 60 members while the orchestra holds 30, comprising a mix of both Vietnamese locals and foreign expatriates. The Choir’s repertoire includes classic works by Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Vivaldi, and many other famous composers, as well as songs from musicals, traditional songs, and Christmas carols in many languages. 

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UPDATE: 2020
We are delighted to be singing and playing together again and will be singing as part of the Caravelle Christmas Lights Celebrations on 4th December at 6pm and also at the two ICOHCMC concert held at Hard Rock Cafe in Ben Nyhe Ward, District 1 on Sunday 6th December, 2020.

In addition: From 2006 to 2016, it was led by Brian Riedlinger as Artistic Director with the help of both Ian Alexander as Orchestra Director and Emma Jane Morris as Assistant Director. In 2016, Gareth John Groves took over from Brian as its Artistic Director, providing a fresh direction to the Choir & Orchestra.

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CIRCA 2008

Our artistic director

 Brian Riedlinger

Brian has been involved in music most of his life. From his early beginnings as a piano student and dancer, he studied music in the United States of America and later in the United Kingdom. He has directed both church and civic choirs and has led the International Choir and Orchestra of HCMC as artistic director since 2006.

Brian has led the choir through many forms of musical programs, from dinner concerts of music from Broadway musicals, to Vietnam’s first Christmas concert in a church by a foreign group since 1975. More recently, Brian brought the first full scale Broadway productions of “Annie Get Your Gun”, and “A Christmas Carol” to Vietnam, and was widely acclaimed in the very memorable Christmas concerts in beautiful St Paul’s Convent chapel in District 1.

JOIN US

If you would be interested in joining the choir or orchestra, please look at the announcements page for information about our next auditions.

CONTACT

Brian Riedlinger: director@hcmcchoir.com
Amaury Le Blan: president@hcmcchoir.com
Michael Adams: vicepresident@hcmcchoir.com
Jessica Maley: marketing@hcmcchoir.com
Tim English: info@hcmcchoir.com


Performances of “The Last 5 Years”

 

The International Choir and Orchestra, in cooperation with The Dragonfly Theater Company will present Jason Robert Brown’s musical “The Last 5 Years” on the 11th and 12th of May.

The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie’s is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met).

This exciting musical will have 3 performances:
Friday, 11th of May at 8pm
Saturday, 12th of May at 2:30pm
Saturday, 12th of May at 8pm

Ticket prices are 500.000vnd, and 350.000vnd. A limited number of student seats will be available at 100.000vnd (Vietnamese student Id required for purchase). Book your tickets now by send email to tickets@dragonflyvietnam.com.  Do not miss out on this rare theatrical event.


 

2006:

• Celebrate Christmas! (The City Opera House)
• Mozart and More! (The City Opera House)

2005:

• It's Broadway! (New World Hotel)
• European Day with the HBSO
• Sing Noel!

2004:

• A Grand Christmas Extravaganza!
• French Music festivities (IDECAF)
• Opera Chao Bella in June with the HBSO (Italian  Embassy)
• European DDay with the HBSO

2003:

• Sea Games Festivities with the HBSO
• Fashion show at the Sheraton Hotel  (French Chamber of Commerce)
• Christmas show for Colette Club
• European day with the HBSO

2002:

• European day with the HBSO (EUROCHAM)
• 14 July Bastille Day Celebrations at the French  Consulate

2001:

• Christmas show for Colette Club
• Christmas show at the international school 
• Christmas show at the Japanese School
• VERDIANA  avec le HBSO (IBA)

 

Welcome, Yule!

A Concert for Advent and Christmas

The International Choir and Orchestra of HCMC is pleased to announce its upcoming Christmas concert. This year’s concert will celebrate Advent and Christmas by featuring choruses from Handel’s Messiah and Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium as well as many favorite carols such as Coventry Carol and Un Flambeau Jeanette Isabele. Held on two nights in December, this special one-hour concert will take place in District 1 at the beautiful St. Paul’s Convent.

Rarely open to the public, the convent’s chapel and surrounding cloisters were built by the French. Recently renovated, the charms of the chapel include gorgeous vaulted ceilings, original French brickwork and colonial floor tiles. The beautiful surroundings create the ultimate setting for a night of glorious music that will get you in the holiday spirit. A delight for all, this concert is sure to please every member of the family.

Entry is by donation: as a guide we suggest you match what you would spend on dinner at a good restaurant. All donations collected will go to support Poussiers de Vie (Dust of Life) and Loreto Vietnam-Australia Foundation.

Mark your calendar for 7:30 on Friday, December 2 and/or Saturday, December 3 and be sure to arrive early as there is no reserved seating.

St. Paul’s Convent is located at 4 Ton Duc Thang, District 1 – right on the corner of Nguyen Huu Canh and Ton Duc Thang Streets.


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Dàn Hợp xướng và dàn nhạc quốc tế của thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (ICOHCMC) vui mừng thông báo buổi hòa nhạc Giáng sinh sắp tới. Buổi hòa nhạc năm nay sẽ kỷ niệm Mùa Vọng và Giáng sinh bằng các hợp xướng từ Messiah của Handel và Morten Lauridsen của O Mysterium Magnum cũng như nhiều bài hát được yêu thích như Coventry Carol và Un Flambeau Jeanette Isabele. Được tổ chức vào hai đêm trong tháng Mười Hai, một giờ buổi hòa nhạc đặc biệt này sẽ diễn ra tại quận 1 nhà nguyện Tu viện Dòng Thánh Phao Lô, một nơi thật đẹp.

Hiếm khi được mở cửa cho công chúng, nhà nguyện của tu viện và nhà làng xung quanh đã được người Pháp xây dựng. Gần đây đã cải tạo, nét quyến rũ của nhà nguyện bao gồm trần nhà hình vòm tuyệt đẹp, gạch Pháp gốc và gạch lát sàn thuộc địa. Các môi trường xung quanh đẹp tạo ra các thiết lập cuối cùng cho một đêm của âm nhạc vinh quang sẽ giúp bạn có được tinh thần tốt trong kỳ nghỉ. Vời buổi hòa nhạc này chắc chắn sẻ làm hài lòng tất cả các thành viên của gia đình bạn.

Entry được tặng: theo hướng dẫn, chúng tôi đề nghị bạn kết hợp những gì bạn sẽ chi tiêu cho bữa ăn tối tại một nhà hàng tốt. Tất cả các đóng góp, thu thập sẽ được hỗ trợ cho Poussiers de Vie (Dust of Life) và Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program (LVAP).Đánh dấu vào lịch của bạn cho tối lúc 07:30 ngày thứ Sáu 2 tháng 12 và /hoặc là ngày Thứ bảy 3, Tháng 12 và chắc chắn bạn sẽ đến sớm nếu không sẻ không có chỗ ngồi dành riêng.

Nhà nguyện Tu viện dòng thánh Phao lô được đặt tại số 4 Tôn Đức Thắng, Quận 1 – ngay trên góc đường Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh và Phố Tôn Đức Thắng.

 

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An aside: In 2015 when I was in Ho Chi Minh City on business, I was invited to attend a concert by the International Choir and Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City (ICOHCMC). It was gratifying that the Spring event I attended was to raise funds for Poussiers de Vie (Dust of Life) and Loreto Vietnam-Australia Foundation, which support children in remote areas that cannot go to school.

Jump ahead to 2020: I was planning on a visit to Ho Chi Minh City during the Christmas holiday with the hope of attending the Caravelle Christmas Lights Celebrations on the 4th of December when ICOHCMC would be preforming. But with the rise in Covid 19 case in Australia, I decided to cancel the trip. I was actually surprised that ICOHCMC was still going to preform even with the pandemic ranging through the world. Instead I will be staying put in Adelaide where the decision has been made to put South Australia in lockdown for about a week. Like many Aussie punters I will probably spend some of my time playing pokies at my favorite online casino, Fair Go.

I just read a headline the other day saying Australian punters doubled down during the pandemic, as online gambling replaces the pokies. The article went on to say that Australian gambling has increased sharply since COVID-19, with young men almost doubling the amount they punt every month. I think that is a bit of sensationalism, but perhaps with the pandemic shut downs or restrictions on the number of patrons allowed in venues, some punters with more time on their hands and with easy access to online casinos and online bookmakers may indeed be spending more time gambling. On the other hand my best friend has told me that after gambling facilities in pubs and clubs closed, she’d never seen more money in her savings account. There are hopeful signs that a number of vaccines for Covid 19 are yielding positive results.

Hopefully this time next year, life will have returned to "normal" I will be able to return to Ho Chi Minh City and catch a concert by the International Choir and Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City.

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