The first Chiangmai Classics concert was well attended at
the beautiful Kad Suan Kaew theatre with an audience of 600 curious music
This was a first attempt to bring together local
musicians and western classical music lovers together in one arena. During
the first half of the evening, Dr Chaipruck Mekara on his clarinet and David
Wilson on the piano were well matched, giving an excellent performance of
Arnoldís lively, wonderfully fun Sonatina which showed the wide range and
many different colors of the clarinet.
Croymans-Plaghki of the New Life Foundation and Ajarn Jo of Payap
At intermission, everyone rushed to have a taste of the
Belgian chocolate fountain provided by the Gallothai Company from Bangkok.
Fortunately, the organizers had provided enough time for everyone to have a
dip in these goodies as well as a sip of the delicious Jiaogulan tea which
is grown by the elderly villagers of the New Life Foundation.
During the second half, the seven Lanna Chamber players
gave a rather unusual rendition of Handelís Organ concerto while the
popular Lao Dumnerntrai from Duriyasap was clearly appreciated by the many
Thai spectators. This Thai classical music started out with a solo violin
passage, which was answered by a harp solo before this beautiful melody was
passed around among the other instruments. Towards the end, all instruments
except the harp, played the melody in unison and then, one by one, they
dropped out till there was only the violin to end the item.
String Quartet (left to right) Krit Mekara (violin), David Wilson (piano),
Karin Mekara (cello) and Annop Rungmanee (viola).
The Celtic Concerto for harp, flute, oboe and string
quartet was a fitting closing highlight which consisted of seven traditional
Irish tunes and an excellent solo performance by harpist Judith Utley
Waenthip Nimmanahaeminda (2nd from left) of TWE and her friends.
All musicians were clearly thrilled at the opportunity to
be playing for such an attentive public in such a beautiful theatre and this
evening will certainly motivate them to continue working hard.
We thank the New Life Foundation and Chiang Mai Classics
for such a great initiative and we look forward to the next concert on
Friday, February 25, 2005 which will bring us music and songs from America,
Greece, Italy and Austria.