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Chiangmai Classics concert well attended

Chiangmai Classics concert well attended

Siriwan Somsiri

The first Chiangmai Classics concert was well attended at the beautiful Kad Suan Kaew theatre with an audience of 600 curious music buffs.

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.

Cory Croymans-Plaghki of the New Life Foundation and Ajarn Jo of Payap University.

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.

The 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

Khun 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.