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Alessio Monti to play at the Chiangmai Classics Concert

Nakorn Payap’s International Day

Distinguished musical guests at Prem

London’s Trinity College honors local singer

Two Americans awarded honorary degrees from CMU

Jerusalem from ancient maps

Alessio Monti to play at the Chiangmai Classics Concert

Cory Croymans-Plaghki

Italian born master guitarist and composer Alessio Monti will feature in the February 25 concert of the Chiangmai Classics series where he will play some of his own compositions.

Italian maestro Alessio Monti

Alessio Monti, (b.1947) completed his formal studies in music at the Cherubini Conservatory of Florence obtaining the highest marks and honors. Extensive touring of the Orient has greatly influenced Alessio’s style and his research into Eastern philosophy has left an indelible mark on the composer’s consciousness and music. His style is extremely innovative and will be of great interest to lovers of many genres, from minimalist to jazz, or from Eastern and Western classical traditions.

Currently Alessio is involved in intense artistic activity, participating in the most noteworthy international orchestras and festivals throughout Europe Asia, Africa and the Americas, receiving rave reviews from audience and press alike.

Alessio’s ingenuity is in high demand for teaching master classes, workshops and conferences abroad and in his native Italy. His work has been described as “appealing to the mind as well as the senses”. The compositions on all 14 of Alessio’s CDs feature sitar, flute, clarinet, soprano sax, violin, viola, violoncello, contrabass, percussion and electronic devices and solo guitar.

His biography with some of his works and recordings are now included in the “Encyclopedia of the Contemporary Composers”, Pagano Editore editions. He is the promoter and artistic director of “Tuscan Guitarist Center”, which annually organizes a guitar competition for composers.

He has given Master classes at the Conservatories in Montevideo, Asuncion, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago del Cile, and the “Hofstra University” in New York and “Colegio Internacional Raimondi”, Lima (Peru’).

Alessio’s concert will include The Forest Of Gokarnath inspired by a legend from Nepal. This composition uses unusual tuning of the guitar as well as particular effects like percussion and Sitar sounds from his guitar. He will also play his Camino El Alba which he composed after a concert tour in South America.

In his Per Due for flute and guitar, Alessio Monti will be accompanied by Xavier Pitijet Vichitporn, a Thai born flautist with great international experience.

Concert Tickets are available at Rimping Supermarkets, the Amari Rincome Hotel, the New Life Foundation and at Kad Suan Kaew Information counter.

Nakorn Payap’s International Day

NNat Vikitset and
Ait Snguannapaporn
(NIS students)

NIS held International Day with national performances and booths where students could get information about each country - and of course, delicious food!

Sarah Sue-Pha mans “passport control” for Jamaica. Each student had a “passport” from the country they represented.

This school tradition is to get students to learn about different countries of the world. “It was a fun event and students get to learn about other cultures. Jamaica, Afghanistan and Syria were very interesting because most of the people have never been to those countries,” said Navinder Ahuja, NIS High School teacher.

Principal John Allen welcomed everyone to the international event, with representatives from the United Nations, Canada, Syria, China, Chile, Greece, Hawaii, Jamaica, Australia, Japan, Afghanistan, India, Thailand and Mexico.

The combined kindergarten began by singing “We Are the World” while waving flags from many nations

After the performances, students, teachers, and parents visited the booths in the canteen and enjoyed the international food. “There were many interesting countries this year - Jamaica, Afghanistan and Hawaii,” said Krittika Vongkiatkajorn, student council president.

Minter Bertotti, representing Japan, gets food from the Australian stall.

The day was well attended and the students and teachers would like to thank all the parents for helping out during this annual event.

Distinguished musical guests at Prem

David Michaels

Last Friday, the Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Chiang Mai hosted a chamber music concert given by several eminent Thai musicians.

Privy Counsellor M.L. Usni Pramoj among the distinguished musicians who performed last Friday at Prem

The lead musician, playing the viola, was Privy Counselor and manager of His Majesty the King’s personal investments ML Usni Pramoj, and who is also a member of the Prem Center’s Board of Governors. M.L. Usni also holds the prestigious honor of National Artist in recognition of both his performance as a violinist, composer, and conductor of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra as well as his many other contributions to the promotion of classical music in Thailand.

The string quartet, accompanied by a clarinet, performed two pieces, the first by Beethoven and the second by Mozart. Prem was honored to have such distinguished musicians, and the concert was received with much enthusiasm. Music teacher, Ajarn Nicole Mitchell, commented, “The pieces were complex enough to be appreciated by trained musicians, and also so beautiful that the student audience could feel moved and impressed.”

Eminent musicians performed classical pieces at the Prem Center

Hosting such a high-caliber performance is a huge asset to the music program at Prem. The students’ exposure to this performance, especially the Grade 4 students for whom it is compulsory to learn either violin or cello, will complement what they are learning every day.

London’s Trinity College honors local singer

Staff Reporters

Jakkapong Tianwichit or Nong Pe, a student of the Voice Studio, Payap University received the highest score in the country at the renowned Trinity College, London.

Jakkapong Tianwichit, or Nong Pe, a student of the Voice Studio

Jakkapong was the only Thai student awarded the Shield of Honor by Trinity College at the Convention Hall of Chulalongkorn University, on January 30, 2005.

Jakkapong is a third year student of Music Department, and is a member of the Big Bana (A capella) that was selected by the university to perform at the university fair.

The Voice Studio annually sends its students to Trinity College to give them experience in competing in a wider public arena. Tianchai Sooktiang, director of the Voice Studio, said that the award was a source of great pride to him and his institute.

Two Americans awarded honorary degrees from CMU

Lindy Santitharangkul

Two Americans received honorary degrees from Chiang Mai University in recognition of their contributions to the university. Dr. Floyd Dunn (at left) of Abilene Christian College first came to Chiang Mai in 1959 to help establish the medical school that was the precursor to CMU. Also honored was Dr. Gary Christian (pictured at right), a chemistry professor who helped set up links and a joint PhD program with the University of Washington. Consul General Bea Camp invited the honorees and their families to visit the Consulate after learning that Dr. Dunn’s daughter had worked as a secretary here in 1965.

Jerusalem from ancient maps

Chantawee Punmira

The Religion Studies Faculty of Payap University exhibited more than 20 ancient maps from Israel: “Jerusalem from ancient maps” to add to the religious knowledge of those interested in the history of the ancient Jewish tribe.

HE Solomon Kofman, the ambassador of Israel in Thailand (forth right) and VIP guests at the exhibition of “Jerusalem city from ancient maps”

The exhibition was based on factual occurrences according to authentic ancient maps of Jerusalem from Israel. Held at the Religious Studies faculty, Payap University, H.E. Solomon Kofman, Israeli ambassador, presided over the opening ceremony on February 1, 2005.

Visitors admiring the “Jerusalem city from ancient maps” exhibits

The ambassador told the audience that as Thailand and Israel have had good international relations for a long time, the Israeli government decided to exhibit the valuable ancient maps of the Jewish homeland to interested Thai people. Furthermore, the religion studies faculty, which also teaches students about Christianity, can make use of the maps to better appreciate the origin of Christianity in relation to the ancient Jewish religion.