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Viola recital by Annop Ruangmanee

3rd Y’s Men’s Club garden party

“To Be Number One” activities visited by HRH Princess Ubolrat

Little Cupid Boy and Girl 2006 contest

Charity photograph auction for orphan’s education

Viola recital by Annop Ruangmanee

Jan Verwers

Ajarn Sompong Wong-
dee, his first violin teacher, presents Annop with his official Certificate.

At the end of the academic year several senior students at Payap’s Music Department are finishing their education with a Senior Recital. Apart from being a kind of final examination, this also gives them the opportunity to show their parents, family, friends and local music lovers their artistic skills. Often teachers and other students join them in this performance.

Annop Ruangmanee invited nine musicians to present with him an interesting program entitled “Through the Time”. He started the evening with a solo: the adapted “Prelude” from Bach’s Suite for Solo Cello No.1, in G Major. It was a good opportunity to demonstrate the beautiful, warm sound that is so characteristic for the viola, which in other languages is sometimes referred to as an alt-violin or alto.

Next the Viola was joined by the violin, played by Ohm Chanteyoon. Together they presented seven of Mozart’s “Twelve Duets” in F, originally written for two horns. The duo impressed with a lively rendition of these lovely compositions.

Annop Ruangmanee opened his concert with a solo from Bach.

Moving to the Romantic period, Max Bruch’s “Double Concerto for viola and clarinet” immersed the audience in a stream of Hochromantik with a convincing interpretation by Annop, together with Ajarn Chaipruck Mekara on clarinet, and Ajarn David Wilson, who represented the orchestra on the piano.

The French Romantic period was represented by two composers. Theodore Dubois wrote an intimate “Terzettino” for viola, harp and flute, performed, in addition to Annop, by harpist Ajarn Judith Utley and flautist Ajarn Pitijet Vichitporn. This trio continued with the “Pasto-rale” from Claude Debussy’s ‘Sonate pour flute, alto et harpe’.

The end of the program was dedicated to contemporary music. The piano piece “Love and Longing”, part of the soundtrack of a Korean movie, was arranged by Annop for a quartet: Worapa Liengphra-paipant on oboe, Somphop Homsoi on violin, Bandit Sitson on cello and Annop on viola. This wonderful arrangement deserves to be played again.

Thai composer Danu Hun-trakul wrote the beautiful piece “Traveling Feet”. Pianist Merry Manalac, together Annop, presented it. vIt was an elegant finale to a splendid concert.

Apart from showing himself to be a promising artist, Annop Ruangmanee is to be commended for his organizational skills, including the production of an informative booklet as guide to this concert.

Music by Dubois and Debussy was played by a trio with flute, viola and harp.

3rd Y’s Men’s Club garden party

Sandy Clark

Chiang Mai Club president Orapin Lerttumnongtum with some of the members on stage.

For the third Y’s Men’s Club Chiang Mai annual garden party, the community showed up in full force at the new ‘Green Lake Resort’ and from all walks of life. On behalf of the Chiang Mai chapter Club president Orapin Lerttum-nongtum welcomed members, friends and guests who had come from as far as Hawaii and thanked everybody for the support and the statement ‘to make a difference’.

President Orapin gave a short summary on the club history for newcomers and explained that the first Y’s Men’s Club was founded in 1922 in the USA, and has always been a service club to serve the needy people in the community and to encourage leadership among its members.

Funds were raised with a raffle during the country folk music afternoon and will be used to improve life for street children, to teach and educate them on ‘normal day routines’ such as hygiene and provide them with necessities.

“To Be Number One” activities visited by HRH Princess Ubolrat

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Santisook School’s “To Be Number One” exhibition.

A “To Be Number One” exhibition at Chiang Mai University Convention Hall on February 16, was presided over by HRH Princess Ubolrat, the patron of the “To Be Number One” project. Kad Suan Kaew Department Store in association with Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office organized the event.

The “To Be Number One” project was formed to encourage social activities in the community including supporting members who are from the private sector, government organizations and schools; and HRH Princess Ubolrat awarded prizes to those who had achieved excellence in the various activities. The Princess took great interest in the works of members involved in drug prevention and viewed an exhibition about drugs, AIDS and safe sex.

The total membership of the project in Chiang Mai is 409,089 comprised of 177 clubs, with 63 projects engaged in 45 different activities. Furthermore, on February 4-5, 2006 “To Be Number One” teams from Chiang Mai in the junior division, called Phrao and Morning Kids, won the National “To Be Number One” Aerobic and Dancercise. The competition was held in Bangkok.

There were representatives from 26 organizations attending the exhibition at the CMU convention hall, joined by an enthusiastic crowd of students and parents from schools all over Chiang Mai.

Little Cupid Boy and Girl 2006 contest

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

The winners of the Little Cupid contest.

No Valentine’s Day would be complete without Cupid firing his little arrows at lovers the world over. Central Airport Plaza organized a Little Cupid Boy and Girl 2006 contest to give an opportunity for children to show their talents on the occasion of Valentine’s Day.

The contest took place at Central Airport Plaza with around 50 children taking part and more than 100 members of Aquarium Kids Club dressed up as little cupids participating. The parade attracted huge at-tention from the crowd owing to the presence of well known child star Patrick Chanon Makornmanee, who flew from Bangkok for the occasion.

After the parade the little Cupid contest began with the competitors presenting their talents to the judges. Each contestant was asked to give their opinion of “the meaning of love”. There were many interesting replies, but most of the children agreed that love is not just for Valentine’s Day, but we should love everyday because love will make everything delightful all the time. The contest was won by Christina Bennuzero, second place going to Suttida Mahawan, with the third spot being taken by Tomanas Patmetha. It was not recorded whether they were given new bows and arrows!

Charity photograph auction for orphan’s education

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Prof. Dr. Jurgen Zimmer, president of School for Life.

A charity auction was recently held at The House restaurant with pictures by the French photographer Romain Philippon, entitled “Mother Earth”, donated to support a local social project to provide education for orphans in the north of Thailand.

Mother Earth was a photographic project in black and white in which the artist produced 15 groups of photographs featuring pictures of students in school life, graphically showing the life of children who have no parents and where nature is their only shelter.

Romain Philippon has received awards from the Art Director Club of France last year and his works have been exhibited in Paris and Saint Denis. He wishes to help children in the School for Life project in Chiang Mai, located in Doi Saket and operated under the Foundation for Thailand Rural Reconstruction Movement. This organization provides management knowledge for children orphaned by AIDS, poor children, and victims of the Tsunami disaster. The money from the Mother Earth project will help School for Life to buy land, the construction of buildings, hiring more teaching staff and help to buy food and clothing for the children.

Romain Philippon (left) taking the picture with a VIP guest.