The second attempt to bring local musicians and western
classical music lovers together in the beautiful Kad Suan Kaew theatre was
rather well received by both Thai and overseas spectators.
The evening started on a contemplatively magical note
with Shaila Kanga’s contemporary “Six American Sketches” for flute and
harp which were wonderfully interpreted by Annette George and Judith Utley.
popular Belgian chocolate fountain provided by the Gallothai Company.
During the next 10 minutes, Alessio Monti and his
classical guitar entertained the audience with his own, unusual
South-American and Nepalese inspired solo compositions “Camino El Alba”
and “The Forest of Gokarnath”.
Following this, the audience had the privilege of
listening to the premier performance of his “Per Due” composition for
flute and guitar in which Alessio artfully mixed Eastern and Western rhythms
and sonorities with some funny sequences and an extensive use of the
guitar’s accompanying capabilities. Normally, this piece is considered as
being impossible to play by any mortal flute players but Annette George
managed to do it anyway and how!
Before the break, Dr. Chaipruck Mekara with his clarinet
and David Wilson on the grand piano, skillfully accompanied Deborah Childs
who sang Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock” in excellent German and
with great joy and gusto.
At intermission, Gallothai Company’s Belgian chocolate
fountain was again popular. There was also a display of paintings which were
on sale to support the charity activities of the New Life Foundation.
American Sketches for flute and harp by Annette George and Judith Utley.
During the second half of the concert, Deborah Childs
continued her wonderful performance with Ravel’s Five Popular Greek
Melodies aptly accompanied by Judth Utley. The evening concluded with the
Chiangmai Dissonant String Quartet with Mozart’s best composition for
string quartets, his K.465.
All musicians were clearly thrilled at the opportunity to
be playing for such an appreciative public while at the same time supporting
the fundraising activities of the New Life Foundation. But it is quite
evident that such an initiative cannot survive only from ticket sales.
Wherever there is a performing arts group, there are always financial
supporters who appreciate the cultural events of their community. If
classical music lovers in Chiang Mai want more events like this, concert
tickets will have to be increased in price, or more subscriptions are needed
to the supporting Privilege Membership of the Chiangmai Classics’ program.
More details about this membership can be obtained by email to cory
@loxinfo.co.th or fax 0 5381 9352.
We thank the organizers for such a great initiative and we look forward
to the next concert on Saturday, March12, 2005 which will bring music from
Quantz, Haydn, Debussy, Dubois and Mozart as well as two great Ragtime piano
solos by David Wilson.