Dr. Daniel R. Perkins, professor of music and director of choral activities at Plymouth State University, has been named principal guest conductor for the orchestra and chorus of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi.
The invitation came following a three-week visit to Vietnam, during which Perkins conducted three performances with the orchestra and chorus and members of the New Hampshire Master Choral, which he also conducts. The concerts took place in Hanoi and Halong Bay as part of the 30-year celebration of the end of the war in Vietnam.
Perkins rehearsed the combined ensembles in works by Brahms, Puccini, Vaughan Williams, Holst and Mendelssohn, and worked with a 60-voice Vietnam children’s choir.
As guest conductor, Perkins will return three times a year to work with the Vietnamese musicians and conduct concerts, beginning with a program of American symphonic works in January 2006. Plans are also under way for collaborative performances with the Plymouth State University Chamber Singers in the next several years.