FROM VIETNAM TO AMERICA | A MUSICAL ODYSSEY
Vanessa Vân-Ánh Võ, Vietnamese zither
Friday March 4 at 8 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
Marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, Vanessa Vo explores the personal and spiritual journeys of the Boat People’s escape from war as they abandoned their lives in the search for freedom with an alien and unknowable future. Utilizing new music for Vietnamese instruments such as the zither (Dan Tranh), dulcimer, monochord and others along with ambient sound, spoken word, historical objects, the music is intended to convey stories of human transformations that resonate for all, not just Vietnamese refugees. Audience members are invited to a pre-concert talk on Vietnamese instruments at 6:30 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium.