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Zonta International celebrates Christmas

2005 New Year Countdown in Chiang Mai to be very noisy

Variation on America

Zonta International celebrates Christmas

Nopniwat Krailerg

The Zonta International Club of Chiang Mai held their Zonta Christmas Bazaar at the 3rd Red Cross Station on December 18.

Children with Santa Claus

Dr Chao Duangduen Na Chiangmai was present, plus over 200 children who enjoyed the party. They were entertained by 10 members of “Out Reach” who sang Christmas carols. Being a bazaar, various goods, mainly gifts and food were on sale.

The highlights of the day were Santa Claus and Bozo who added color to the celebration and they were always surrounded by children.

The income gained from the Zonta Christmas Bazaar was donated to the 3rd Red Cross Station’s ‘Thursday Club’ which for over 12 years has assisted People Living with HIV/AIDS.

2005 New Year Countdown in Chiang Mai to be very noisy

Autsadaporn Kamthai

Chiang Mai’s 2005 New Year Countdown is going to be held on December 31 at the Municipality Stadium. Local stars and various artists have been invited by the organizers JSL, Channel 7, AIS, Tourism Authority of Thailand, THAI, Singha Beer, CAT Telecom Company and Mama.

The main theme of the 2005 Countdown is to urge people to shout as loud as they can to express their happiness simultaneously with other Thais celebrating in other regions, said Phusacha Thonawanik from the JSL.

Paper megaphones will be distributed so the people can shout even louder.

50 stars from Channel 7 such as Suwanunt “Kob” Kongying, Nattawut “Por” Sakidjai, Patcharapar “Am” Chaichue, Jeeranan “Yui” Manojaem, Thikamporn “Cheer” Rittha-apinan will also join the Countdown. Well known MC’s Sanya “Doo” Kunakorn, Suriwipa “Maem” Kuntangwattana and Phitsanu Nilklad will keep the audience entertained.

Channel 7 will televise the 2005 Countdown from 10.30 to midnight on December 31.

Tickets are free of charge and available at the AIS Office Chiang Mai, Customer Service Division of the CAT Telecom Chiang Mai, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Northern region 1 office, Singha beer counter at the Big C and Carrefour, or THAI ticket office.

Variation on America

But no Rhapsody in Blue (or in any color)

Autsadaporn Kamthai and Paul Schoenkopf

Jointly organized by the United States Embassy and Chiang Mai University (CMU), an evening of Variation on America was staged at Chiang Mai University Convention Center on December 16.

The soprano, Teresa Seidl and pianist, John Ferguson performing at the concert.

US Consul General Bea Camp, Assoc Prof Thanat Anumarnrachathon, CMU’s deputy president and Hagen Dirksen, German Honorary Consul were amongst those who attended the musical performance.

It was a concert with much variety, from Scott Joplin to George Gershwin. It covered Broadway show music, spirituals, ragtime and American Opera. However, soprano Teresa Seidl, seemed to be having some voice problems as many vocals listed were deleted from the program. An accomplished singer, Seidl is one of the sopranos whose performances have received critical acclaim throughout Europe.

Pianist John Ferguson was excellent although choosing to leave out ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, for many people a great representation of American music and George Gershwin. Ferguson is an artistic director and founder of the American Voices Foundation to fulfill the need for quality and constructive American cultural programming in any country where a scarcity of exposure to American culture exists.

Part of the American Voices Foundation’s program, included performances by Teresa Seidl and pianist, John Ferguson, with numbers such as ‘Can’t Help Loving Dat Man’ by Jerome Kern, ‘If I Loved You’ by Richard Rogers, ‘I Got the Sun in the Morning’ by Irving Berlin and many more American favorites.

The sound at the small auditorium at the CMU Convention Center is good, the seats were comfortable, it was easy to find, there was plenty of parking and the atmosphere was very relaxed.