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Open Rehearsals: Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ & Ensemble 

March 15 from 11:00 am 1:45 pm


Stop by OMCA and listen to Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ & her musical ensemble rehearse their latest project, Mekong: LIFE Work-In-Progress Concert  in the James Moore Theater.

Program Schedule: 

11–11:45 am – Open Rehearsal 1: Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ & musical ensemble present Mekong: LIFE 
Work-In-Progress Concert  (James Moore Theater)

1–1:45 pm – Open Rehearsal 2: Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ & musical ensemble present Mekong: LIFE 
Work-In-Progress Concert  (James Moore Theater)

A modern interpretation of a traditional myth, Mekong: LIFE explores the push and pull between human and natural life and what the future holds for the next generation using traditional instruments from Southeast Asia, graphic global warming data, electronic music, live-media, and a Cambodian myth about natural cycles. 

About Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ

Emmy® Award-winning composer Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ brings Vietnamese traditional music to a broader audience by blending the wonderfully unique sounds of Vietnamese instruments with other music genres. Võ has presented her music at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center and is the first Vietnamese artist to perform at the White House, receiving the Artist Laureate Award for her community contributions through the arts during President Obama’s administration. She co-composed and arranged the Oscar® nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary, Daughter from Danang (2002), the Emmy® Award-winning film and soundtrack for Bolinao 52 (2008), and “Best Documentary” and “Audience Favorite” winner, A Village Called Versailles (2009). Võ was a 2021 recipient of a Hewlett 50 Art Commission to create the second part of the Mekong trilogy, “Mekong: LIFE”, premiering at Stanford University in April 2023.

Ensemble Performing Artists: Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ, Joel Davel, Jimi Nakagawa, Susu Hliang, Doy Charnsupharindr, Charya Burt, and Adam Fong


The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to providing programs that are accessible, welcoming, and inclusive of our community. Assistive listening devices and wheelchairs are available for checkout on a first come, first served basis at the Ticketing Desk. To request other accommodations, like American Sign Language (ASL), Cantonese, Spanish or another language interpreter, please email [email protected] at least three weeks before the event.


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