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Chamber music at its best

A musical delight at Payap University

Inaugural ISAT Concert this Saturday

Love me, love my dogs

Renowned German psychiatrist speaks at Payap University

Chamber music at its best

Last week the Regent Hotel in Chiang Mai was honored once again to feature renowned Privy Councilor, Rear Admiral ML Usni Pramoj and guest artist Mr. Moshe Murvitz, Concert Master from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

The evening performance began after sundown in the beautiful Intanin Pavillon next to the luxurious Lanna Spa.

From left: Mr Moshe Murvitz., his daughter Batia playing the piano and on the right is H E Rear Admiral Mom Luang Usni Pramoj.

It was not only an event for music lovers in Chiang Mai, it was also a charity event where ‘The Regent’, as the main sponsor, invited guests to make a donation to the ‘Im Jai House’, a local organization which cares for kids who have lost their parents to AIDS and who (still) test negative for the HIV virus. Located in Hang Dong, the ‘Im Jai House’ takes care of orphans and children whose parents are not longer able to care for them alone.

The string ensemble with piano performed the Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op.44 by Robert Schumann and a Piano Quintet in A major, Op.81 by Antonin Dvorak.

The music was spectacular and will be remembered for a long time by all guests.

As a result of the night, the Regent Chiang Mai raised 28,000 baht for ‘Im Jai House’ in Hang Dong.


A musical delight at Payap University

A very special musical delicacy was presented the last Saturday in February at the Payap University Music Department in Chiang Mai.

Ohm Chanteyoon plays ‘Czardas’ from Monti. His entire performance was filled with fire and passion. He was accompanied on the piano by Bennet Lerner, one of the teachers in the music department at Payap University.

The Multi Media Room, with its superb acoustics, was decorated with flowers but not overdone to draw the concentration of the audience away.

The many spectators were pleasantly surprised by the performances, as some very talented students who knew how to please an audience provided a well-chosen program.

Konkamon Sooksabai and Supichaya Chanokok opened the musical ball with a Thai song, played on a soft sounding KIM, which had a sound that reminded some of the Bavarian spectators of an alpine instrument called the ‘Hackbrett’.

Guitarist Chakrit Ganjina elicited an overwhelming applause from the audience for his rendition of Joplin’s ‘The Entertainer’.

Piano pieces of the works of composers Schubert, Villa-Lobos, Milhaud, Waxman and Mendelson were also technical and musical highlights with outstanding sound quality. These were played by students Eakachai Tadleg, Wacharat Pokpeomdee, Ekarat Kantawong, Pattarawan Poonpipat and Pornjun Danpongpee, all of whom played to very high standards, as did the Brass and String Ensemble.

Anucha Pintatham did something that even full time concert clarinetists sometimes may not achieve when he performed an Andagio clarinet concert from Mozart. He led the audience to a dream - full of passion, self-confidence and sovereignty.

Ohm Canteyoon performed magic on the violin with Monti’s Czardas; he brought association to this room which came near to the Hungarian Puszta.

Sensitive but ebullient are words that can be used to describe the way Suteeman Banlung played her horn instrument for the piece ‘Reveries’ by Alexander.

One thing that is sometimes not necessarily normal in Thailand was that during the entire concert it was so quite in the audience that a needle dropping would have shocked some people who were dreaming away with the brilliant and passionate sounds of the old classical songs.

The concert’s finale was the fresh and funny Suki Choire with the acapella pieces, ‘Why do fools fall in love?’ and ‘The lion sleeps tonight’.

Chiang Mai, which many people still call the Rose of the North, proved once again with this concert at Payap University that young people can play old classical European masters of music with youthful charm and fun.

The audience thanked them with huge applause, realizing that many of these young musicians would have received standing ovations had they been playing one of the big concert halls in Europe. Musical quality like this in Chiang Mai should be brought to a bigger audience, since it could help to make Chiang Mai, with its existing flair, into one of the top cultural spots in the world.


Inaugural ISAT Concert this Saturday

Two Chiang Mai students performing with the concert band

The Inaugural ISAT (International Schools Association of Thailand) Concert will be this Saturday at the Thailand Cultural Center.

Of special note are 3 students from Chiang Mai who joined the concert band and have been practicing with the group since November. While most of the students are 10-12th grade, 8th grade Grace International Students Sila Luchanachai (flute), Michael Lim (flute), and Jon Overholt (oboe), have really enjoyed this challenging experience.

Practices have been held in 3 different venues in Bangkok and the train/car rides have been memorable for them - and the many games of hearts played on the train!

The concert will benefit UNICEF and will begin at 3 p.m. on Sat., March 8th at the Cultural Center. Congratulations guys on a job well done!


Love me, love my dogs

Chiang Mai’s 2nd Fashion Dog Show: Love Me Love My Dogs will be held on Saturday March 8 at Kad Suan Kaew from 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

I wish I could fly and enjoy the beauty of flowers like beetles.

A dog fashion contest will also be held at the outdoor grounds at Kad Suan Kaew shopping complex, and dog lovers are invited to enter. The two categories will be “beautiful and creative dogs”, and “dog/owner look-alikes”.

Over 20,000 baht in cash and prizes will be up for grabs, as will many souvenirs for dogs and their owners.

Interested persons can apply at the public relations counter on the ground floor of Kad Suan Kaew.


Renowned German psychiatrist speaks at Payap University

Dr. Peter Kaiser, a German psychiatrist, Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology, presents an issue of “The Impact of Religion on Mental Health and the Quality of Life” at the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture, Payap University. Dr. Peter is working on the Thai-Burmese border in a Karen refugee camp in Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Tuebigen at the Institute for Comparative Religious Science.