Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ (Photo submitted)

Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ performs Friday at S.U.

Published Oct 31, 2018 at 4:00pm

The Society for New Music has collaborated with Syracuse Symposium to present Vietnamese composer/performer/filmmaker Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ’s “The Odyssey: from Vietnam to America - Stories of the Boat People”, as part of Symposium’s “Stories” series this year.

The concert event will take place Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m., Hendricks Chapel on the Syracuse University campus. This multimedia piece explores the strength of the human spirit through the eyes of the ‘boat people’ who fled oppression, violence and poverty after the war.

The Emmy Award winning Vo is an expert on the dan tranh zither, dan bao, monochord and other traditional Vietnamese instruments and will travel from California to join the Society All-Stars for this performance. She was inspired to write this work after hearing about Syrians fleeing their war-torn country by boat.

Tickets are $20; $15 for students and seniors; $40 for families; S.U. faculty, staff, and students are admitted free with valid I.D. Tickets available via PayPal online at www.societyfornewmusic.org. For reservations or more information, call 315-251-1151, or 315-445-9191.

“Vanessa Vo explores the personal and spiritual journeys of these refugee’s lives in their search for freedom in an unknown land, stories similar to refugees from other countries today. Utilizing new music for traditional Vietnamese instruments along with ambient sound, spoken word, and historical objects, Ms. Vo’s music intends to convey stories of human transformations that resonate for all,” organizers said.