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Chiang Mai Choral Society International Performs Broadway Favorites

Central Airport Plaza showing “60 Years of HM the King’s Hard Work” photo exhibition

Work among the Hill Tribes

Expats in Oils

Payap Sacred Music Singers to perform June 24

Chiang Mai Choral Society International Performs Broadway Favorites

Masakatsu Kimura, Mark Walder, Frank Weicks, Glynn Morgan, Narutap Euathrongchit, Richard Dixon singing “Nothing Like a Dame”, and narrator Becky Lomax.

Rebecca Lomax
It was indeed a “Grand Night for Singing” when the Chiang Mai Choral Society International performed “Footlights!” a selection of Broadway favorites, at Payap University. Despite an initial “glitch” with the sound system, and a hilarious “glitch” with the narrator, performer after performer sang and acted their way through selections from favorites such as “South Pacific”, “West Side Story”, “Les Miserable”, “Sound of Music”, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Music Man”. Professionally directed by Pitijet
Vichitporn and beautifully accompanied on the piano by Sid Richardson, members of the society sang solos, ensembles and choral pieces from all of these shows and others.
The opening piece by an all-male group, “Nothing Like a Dame” brought laughter and resounding applause from the audience and set the tone for an evening filled with fun. Later, more serious songs, brought tears to many eyes. The audience was especially appreciative of two ensembles, an all-Thai group, which sang a composition by His Majesty, the King, “Falling Rain”, and an all-Japanese group that sang two traditional Japanese songs. As the narrator commented, “Could there be a better way of expressing our commitment to international music and friendship?”
Of special note was that the writer of “Footlights”, Ron Creager, was in the audience to join in the celebration of the music. The group plans a holiday show in early December. Flowers presented at the end of the program recognized Ajahn Xavier, Sid Richardson, and Waranan Pongcharoenkul for her sponsorship and participation in the group, as well as Chiangmai Mail for its history of support.


Central Airport Plaza showing “60 Years of HM the King’s Hard Work” photo exhibition

One of the outstanding award-winning paintings on display at Central Airport Plaza Department Store.

Preeyanoot Jittawong
A painting exhibition, “60 Years of HM the King’s Hard Work” is on display until June 30 at the 2nd floor, Northern Village, Central Airport Plaza Department Store in Chiang Mai.
Governor Suwat Tantipat and Dr. Chao Duangduen Na Chiang Mai, president of Chiang Mai Culture Council presided over the opening ceremonies for the exhibition to honor HM the King. The exhibition is part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of ascension to the throne and to express loyalty to HM the King, Father of the Thai people.
This exhibition is an opportunity for students and people to see 60 paintings from many skilled artists from all over Thailand. Each of the paintings were chosen to reflect HM the King’s activities and mercy for Thai people throughout 60 years of righteous rule.
Jiranan Phitrapreecha, SEA Write poet, composed poems from the 20 paintings which won awards. The poem titled, “Father’s Land from His Love” will be handed out to visitors.
Central Pattana Public Co., Central Airport Plaza and Robinson Department Store and ICC International arranged the display.

Chao Duangduen Na Chiang Mai, president of Chiang Mai Culture Council (3rd from left), and Governor Suwat Tantipat (4th from left) opened the exhibition.


Work among the Hill Tribes

A new Insii Thai House educational project will take place soon in Chiang Rai, Mae Chan and Insii Thai House: “The Chiang Rai Youth and Hill Tribes’ Violin Project”.
For two months, Khun Gerty, a professional violinist from Belgium will share her knowledge with Thai children.
The project will also introduce the violin at the Hill Tribes School of Mae Chan for the very first time (Rongrian Suksa Song Kraw Maechan).
If you would like to know more about this project, please visit www.insiithaihouse.tk (“Events” / “Next Event”).
”Every project undertaken with the Mae Chan Hill Tribes School has been rewarded by lots of happiness,” said a spokesperson for Insii Thai House. “This time again, we will share the result of our efforts to help the local community by inviting you to a concert on August 20th, at Insii Thai House.”


Expats in Oils

Phillip Johnson
The Chiangmai Expats Club (CEC) held its regular meeting on Saturday, June 10, at 10.30 a.m., at the Chiangmai Orchid Hotel on Huey Kaew Road.
The focus of the meeting was on the recently formed shared interest groups whose memberships are growing each week. CEC members are getting together with the Nature Club, the Social Club (formerly the Retirement Group), which boasts involvement in travel, photography, book reading and dining out, the Computer Club, the Classic Car Club, and the Cooking Club. One member announced that he is hosting a ‘potluck’ every second and fourth Wednesday at his home in Sara Phi.
Laura Spector, a local artist of ArtSpace (artspacecm @yahoo.com) at 43/10 Kamphaengdin Rd., Soi 3, T.Haiya, announced an opportunity for CEC members who are interested in expressing their artistic and drawing skills to drop by the place “Where the Art Community Meets”. Laura stated that art classes are for beginner and intermediate levels, focusing on a variety of oil painting techniques. Not only are you able to express your talents on paper and/or canvas, but you may also wish to volunteer as a live model. Contact Laura at 0-4041-7982 for additional information.
The next CEC meeting will be held on Saturday, June 24, and will feature Dr. Carolina Thompson, a wonderful lady who is devoted to assisting and helping children who need the caring and understanding every child should have. Dr. Thompson will provide names of worthwhile organizations through which CEC members are able to share a portion of their time.


Payap Sacred Music Singers to perform June 24

Payap University invites everyone to see the concert of Payap Sacred Music Singers before the international competition in China.

Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Payap University invites everyone to see the choir of the Music Department on Saturday June 24, 2006 between 7–8.30 p.m. at the Great Hall, Somsawalee Building, and Payap University, Kaew Nawarat Campus.
Aryoo Namthep, the choir’s conductor announced that this concert will given by the choir from the Music Department of Payap University called “Payap Sacred Music Singers” made up of teachers, students, and alumni of Music Department. This choir has been chosen by the Choir Association of Thailand to be one of four choirs competing in the 4th Choir Olympics/World Choir Games at Xiamen, People’s Republic of China on July 15-16, 2006. It is considered a great honor for Payap University to spread its reputation further afield than Chiang Mai and Thailand. Every singer is practicing hard everyday at both singing and dancing to create a good impression to the referees and audiences.
Before going to China, Payap University will hold this concert for the choir as a dress rehearsal in front of an audience, to gauge the reaction from Chiang Mai people. The concert, is called “Lanna Choral to Xiamen Olympics 2006”. Those who are interested in this event and want to be with your children, reserve your seats at the Public Relations Office, Payap University, Tel. 0-5385-1478 Ext. 240, 241.
The Payap Sacred Music Singers was formed in 1999 by Ajarn Ayu Namtep to study and perform polyphonic sacred music from various periods and other choral pieces, both classical and popular. Every year during their Christmas vacation, they go on tour to sing Latin mass in churches, and perform Charity concerts for audiences in different provinces all over the country. Last year they passed the audition to represent Thailand in the Choir Olympics 2006 (World Choir Competition), which will take place in Xiamen, China in July, 22-26.



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