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2011-10-15 Senses of Autumn Concert

Senses of Autumn Concert
featuring: Dat Nguyen
Saturday October 15, 2011 (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Jeanne D'Arc Auditorium - St. Catherine University in St. Paul
(2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105)
(For directions or a map click here)

Dat Nguyen is a Vietnamese guitarist and composer with a talent that surpasses his visual impairment. He is the first prize winner of the California ASTA Solo Guitar Competition, a national finalist of Very Special Arts Program in 1997, and received numerous awards on Guitar Solo performance across the United States. 

The Senses of Autumn Concert will provide an opportunity to introduce a Vietnamese artist with visual impairment, who is gifted in the area of chamber music, and in particular, classical music.

Dat is an exceptional performer with a moving story of how he survived and thrived during the post war of Vietnam.  He is an Amerasian orphan, who is rejected by society due to his biracial.   He is blind since birth.  He spent 10 years living homelessly on the post-war streets of Saigon while caring for a younger sister.  He arrived in the United States in 1991 under the auspices of the ODP program.  Dat managed to graduate from California State University majoring in Guitar Performance in May 1999 and achieved numerous awards despite the hardships he endured. His story has moved thousands of American audiences and he continues to be an inspiration for the Vietnamese community.

Furthermore, the concert will provide an opportunity to raise funds for the VCSA’s 15th Annual Youth Leadership Development Camp program, which will be held in Minnesota in 2012. This program has been attended by young community activists from around North America (US and Canada) in the last 14 years. During this period, the camp enabled over 3,300 participants to strengthen their leadership skills and to maximize their potential to become future leaders. Many campers who attended the program leave with an inspiration to be catalyst for change and returned to their communities to be positive role models by engaging in community leadership roles and volunteerism.