Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Invitation to Peter Yarrow concerts

Dear members of the international NGO, foundation, press and business communities,

Peter Yarrow will make his third concert tour of Vietnam from 23 June to 1 July, this time with an international cast. The concerts embody the sharing of cultural traditions and raise awareness and funds for the benefit of suspected victims of dioxin contamination from the defoliant Agent Orange.

Yarrow is a member of the famed American folk music group "Peter, Paul and Mary". He will be joined on stage by regular collaborators Rufus Cappadocia, a cellist originally from Canada, drummer Gaston "Bonga" Jean-Baptiste , and dancer Sheila Anozier, both born in Haiti. First time partners are Irish traditional musician and musicologist Mick Moloney and flute, whistle and uilleann pipe player John Murphy. Murphy lives in Bangkok. The others are based in New York.

Popular Vietnamese singers will be featured at all three concerts.

Their first concert on 25 June in Ho Chi Minh City at the White Palace Convention Center will be broadcast live on VTV4 and HTV9. A second informal concert will take place in Hoi An on 27 June. Their final concert on 29 June at the Ha Noi Opera House will also be televised.

Tickets are available for all three concerts at a suggested donation to assist Agent Orange victims of 500,000 dong. Please contact Ms. Quynh Phan at Vietnam-USA Society to arrange for the donation and delivery of tickets.

INGOs, foundations or businesses wishing to become sponsors of the TV broadcasts should contact Mr. Bach Ngoc Chien, Managing Director, Vietnam Television International (VTV 4)

As during his previous visits, Yarrow will interact with Vietnamese and international NGOs that address the physical legacies of war such as Agent Orange, land mines and unexploded ordnance. This trip will also engage with the longer term psychological legacies of war when foreign military intervention runs amok such as the actions of the Tiger Force unit in Tam Ky, Duc Pho and the Song Ve Valley area in 1967 that were not reported until 2003 by the Toledo Blade and the notorious events forty years ago in My Lai.

The tour is coordinated by VTV4, the Vietnam-USA Society of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations, and the Fund for Reconciliation and Development, a US NGO that has been active with Vietnam since 1985. The program has been made possible by the support of the Threshold Foundation and Vietnamese business and individual sponsors.

International press and other’s wishing general information about the tour’s cultural exchange and war legacy program should contact Mr. John McAuliff, Executive Director, Fund for Reconciliation and Development .

Hope to see you soon at one of the concerts,

John McAuliff

Executive Director

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