What more pleasant way can you think of to spend a few
hours in the late afternoon than attending a music recital in a lovely
garden? Baan Chulasai School of Music and the Arts welcomed students,
families, friends and the general public to its end of summer recital on
Saturday afternoon, October 18. The recital honored scholarship students
from the Chiang Mai School for the Blind and featured musical pieces by
local students and teachers.
played traditional Lanna fold music while the guests gathered chatted and
sipped cold juices. The recital began with students from the School for the
Blind, under the direction of Ajahn Xavier Titijet Vichitporn, singing the
King’s Anthem. Miss Nicha Lueviboonvathchakit, private student, performed
two solos on the traditional khim, followed by Miss Fuyumi Ikenari from
Japan on the piano. Her contrasting pieces, “Cowboy” and “Indian”,
delighted the audience as did her shy but confident presentation.
Xavier, who also sings with the Chiang Mai Choral Society, and his teacher,
Ajahn Solot Kuptarat, performed a series of classical works for the flute
and recorder, including the well known “Allegro Moderato” by J.S. Bach
and “Sonata I” by Georg Philippe Telemann. The ajahns entertained and
informed their audience as they discussed the music in both Thai and
English. Their final number was a duo of original musical pieces written by
Ajahn Solot almost twenty-five years ago, an amusing blending of eastern and
western music harmonies and rhythms.
The Peace Chamber Music Group and the Chiang Mai
University Strings performed string pieces and sang “Carol of the Bell”
and “Baroque”. Their lovely voices harmonized with the strings and
produced smiles of appreciation throughout the audience.
The program finale, entitled “Sing for Friends”, was
performed by the scholarship students. They sang both western and Thai
childhood songs, including “Sing, Sing a Song”, “The Sound of
Music”, “Kum Lung Jai” and “Kaeb Tawan”. The audience was
impressed as one of the students was led to the piano by Ajahn Xavier to
accompany the group. The program noted that “some students may not see you
but they will feel your presence”. After the long round of applause these
special students received, the audience left assured that they both felt and
heard the presence of many appreciative music lovers.