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650 attend CMU Nursing conference

“A Night in Chiang Mai” with the National Symphony Orchestra

Violin recital by Ohm Chanteyoon

Earth or metal?

650 attend CMU Nursing conference

Pinutda Suwanchaisri (Student Trainee MFLU)

Assoc. Prof. Vajara Rujiwetpongstorn, Vice President for Admini-strative Affairs Chiang Mai University spoke at the opening of the conference.

Around 650 participants, including teachers, staff and students from Faculty of Nursing, CMU and other institutes, attended an academic conference organized by the Faculty of Nursing Chiang Mai University, for the purpose of publicizing the results of research, exchanging nursing knowledge, including methods to develop the quality of the nursing profession.

The conference had 48 lectures covering Mental Health and Violence, Women’s Health, Child’s Health and HIV Infection, Nursing Education Management and Health Strengthening, Medicine and Surgery Nursing, and Public Health and Occupational Health.

Speakers included Prof. Rachel Z.K. Booth from University of Alabama at Birmingham, school of Nursing, USA; Dr. Chatree Charoensiri from Nan Hospital, and Vichitre Srisu-
phan from Faculty of Nursing Chiang Mai University.

All the people attending this academic conference were made to realize the importance of professional development and practices and encouraged to bring their knowledge and experience and adapt them into the workplace.

“A Night in Chiang Mai” with the National Symphony Orchestra

Kittiyaporn Kanjam and Pinutda Suwanchaisri (student trainees MFLU)

The National Symphony Orchestra with Lanna musicians.

The Northern Symphony Orchestra together with Kad Suan Kaew Department Store organized a free symphony concert on the evening of February 3, 2006 at the outdoor plaza in front of Kad Suan Kaew Department Store.

This concert was presented by National Symphony Orchestra under the auspices of the Fine Arts Department. The National Symphony Orchestra has become very well-known and respected, performing many concerts and coordinating with many famous international musicians.

The performance at Kad Suan Kaew was an excellent opportunity for Chiang Mai people to listen to them. The orchestra, conducted by Sathaporn Niyomthong, performed a “A Night in Chiang Mai”, containing many haunting melodies and featured an item called Krai Rung. The program contained an interesting mixture of international songs, flavored with popular Lanna melodies played on Lanna instruments such as the Pin Pia.

Violin recital by Ohm Chanteyoon

Jan Verwers

A great duo: Violinist Ohm Chanteyoon and pianist David Wilson.

Violinist Ohm Chanteyoon realizes very well, that receiving his final diploma from the Music Department of Payap University, does not mean that he now is a perfect musician. “I need more performing experience,” he said. And since experience is the best teacher, he organized another recital at his university.

The Multi-Media Room was packed at Ohm’s concert, last Saturday. He had prepared an interesting and varied program, that started with Antonio Vivaldi. Here we had another chance to hear the rapid progress that Ohm’s young String Ensemble is making. Together with Ohm as a soloist, they gave a satisfying rendition of Vivaldi’s “Concerto Grosso”, the one in D Major, Op.3, No.9.

This was followed by Franz Schubert’s well-known composition, “Serenade”. Again both the soloist and the ensemble made a nice impression.

Then the chairs of the ensemble were removed from the stage and their place was taken by the piano. Pianist David Wilson accompanied Ohm in Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Violin Sonata” in D Major, Op.12, No.1.

After the intermission, guitarist Virapon Prathumwan joined Ohm for the performance of Niccolo Paganini’s “Andante” from his Violin Sonata No.6., a warm and intimate presentation.

The program continued with Manuel de Falla: “El pano murano”, from his Seven Spanish Songs. Followed by Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria”. A spectacular finale was the composition “Zigeunerweisen” from Pablo de Sarasate.

And there was an encore: “Liebesfreud” from Fritz Kreisler. In this last part of the program Ohm was again joined by pianist David Wilson. And what a perfect combination they are. We all are looking forward to their next concert.

Earth or metal?

Weerapong Boonklieng

Paul Beckrich with two of his sculptures done at Insii Thai House: “Monk” and “Persian Carpet Dealer”.

“Exchange on Earth”, the project in which French sculptor Paul Beckrich came to teach his technique of “transforming earth into metal”, will draw to a close this month. On February 19, at Insii Thai House, Maechan, it will be up to the guests of the garden party hosted by Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz to find out if this could be done.

It will certainly leave wonderful memories in the mind of the Thai students of Suksaa Songkro who have been involved in this exchange of skills and cultures, though the art of modeling earth.

The eagles, sculpted by the students of Suksa Songkroh, after the firing.

During two months they were able to learn a complicated technique of mixing metals and minerals to obtain enamel, which results in metallic looking art pieces, rarely seen in Thailand.

The “one day” exhibition which will take place during the garden party will show Paul Beckrich’s masterpieces of as well as the art pieces done by the students.
The sculpture of Princess Wisutkasattri, fitted with a sapphire and a ruby, will
be auctioned during the evening dinner. All of Paul Beckrich’s sculptures will be sold in favor of the Rotary Smiling Child Scholarship Fund.

Besides the exhibition itself, 101 performers, 25 violinists, a lucky draw and an evening dinner will turn this party into a memorable event for the invited guests, some coming from Singapore and France. To receive an invitation, contact [email protected] Visit Insii Thai House website at www.insiithaihouse.tk.

The students with their two teachers and Paul Beckrich, with the 10 eagles.