Singer Frans Bloem
to perform in Chiang Mai
Frans Bloem in
Dutchman Frans Bloem lives in New York and
for over 30 years he has filled his life with his passion: singing. Don’t
look for him at Carnegie Hall or at the Met. Frans prefers the intimate
ambiance of small theaters and bistros. With chansons of Piaf and Aznavour,
and songs by American and Dutch composers his performances all over the
world brought him the prestigious New York Bistro Award 2002 for outstanding
At this Funky Cabaret Jazz Night we will listen to Frans Bloem, Lauren
Brown, Maya Aliman, Ong-Ard Kanchaisak and Bernard Wintner. This Friday,
March 23 at 20:30 PM at the Chiangmai Gate Hotel, Suriyawong Road.
Tel.053-203-895. Tickets: 100 Baht. Proceeds go to the Lanna Dog Rescue.
For more information, please contact Frans Bloem at 087-303-3574.
The 11th Rincome Angkhang
season rally 2007
This Saturday March 24th the Rincome Angkhang Rally
will start at the Amari Rincome Hotel Nimmanheiman Road. All
participating drivers should be there by 0630 for documentation and
registration. Breakfast followed by the opening ceremony at 0800
presided over by Prince Bhesadej Ratchanee the Royal Project President.
The cars will head towards Mae Ngad Dam Mae Tang District (coffee break
at 9.30). The rally is due at the Hill tribe school in Chiang Dao at
1100hrs; host lunch for 130 students and donate computers for their
education. The Rally group will have a buffet lunch (by My Frenzel Chef
of the Amari Rincome Hotel) followed by a break before heading off to
Angkhang Nature Resort. During the day there will be check points and
games to keep all amused.
The Rally participants will stay overnight at the Angkhang Nature
Resort. At 1830 a BBQ dinner, including the Rally Prize announcements
will be presented by Prince Bhesadej, together with a lucky draw.
For more information contact: Kaiwala Luangtoomma, Amari Rincome Hotel,
053-22 1130 or 053-22 1044. Email: [email protected]
Teresa Walters captivates her audience with inspired interpretations of the classics
Pianist Teresa Walters
receives flowers from her fans following her performance at Payab
The “Cascades of Luminescence” which the Washington Post reported earlier,
was clearly audible at the beginning of Teresa Walters’ recital at Payap
early this month. She played three short pieces for piano, written around
1900 by Lili Boulanger. This French composer, who unfortunately died at the
young age of 24, was the first female musician to be given the prestigious
Prix de Rome. Her music, filled with tranquility and sadness, got a
beautiful interpretation by Teresa.
She then followed with George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” which was
somewhat remarkable. This monument for later American music is sometimes
seen as a first link between Jazz and what was traditionally called
The main part of this recital was dedicated to Franz (Ferencz) Liszt. Liszt
was born in Hungary in 1811, the year of the Great Comet. He also started
his career as a pianist in Vienna, which lasted for over 50 years, and where
his fabulous performances at one time were rewarded by Beethoven with a
public kiss. He gave recitals in almost every country in Europe and became
an idol, even in the rather conservative salons in Paris.
Equally important was his career as a composer. He wrote over 400 original
compositions and about 900 ‘transcriptions’ for piano of concertos, opera
arias, etc. This evening we were listening to one of his “Sonnets”, inspired
by Petrarca and a melodious “Romance”.
Liszt retired to Rome in 1861, and joined the Franciscan order in 1865. From
1869 onwards Abbé Liszt wrote mainly religious music. Of this part of his
oeuvre, Teresa chose 6 Preludes to German chorals, clearly written for the
organ, and to be used during church services. The evening was completed with
an impressive rendition of the “Canticle of the Sun of St. Francis of
Teresa Walters likes to give her public relevant information about the
different parts of her program. She developed her Keynote Comments several
years ago in response to the need to more fully share her music. An
attentive audience clearly appreciated this.
Calling all actors
The Gate Theater Company of Chiang Mai will hold open
auditions for its first play, The Dodo Bird, By Emanuel Fried. The play will
be staged at AUA Language School, in Chiang Mai this May and June.
Auditions will he held at AUA Language School, 24 Rajadamnern Road, Muang,
Chiang Mai, on March 17th from 4:30pm until 6:30pm., in room number 5.
Performance dates will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm from June, 1
Technical Rehearsals are May 28 and 29. Dress Rehearsals are May 30 and 31.
To schedule an audition please call 08-71772195.
Needed are 3 men who can play characters age 30 or above. Nationality is
unimportant. However, all characters must be fluent English speakers.
Experienced actors should prepare a 2 minute monologue (serious) and be
prepared to read from the script. Those without experience will be expected
to do a cold reading from the script or another piece of dramatic material
which will be supplied at the audition.
The Dodo Bird is that rare combination- a play which is both educational and
entertaining. It is a long one act piece about a long evening in a
workingman’s bar. The three chief characters work at the foundry across the
street. By the time the bar closes we know more about the foundry and the
guys who work there than we ever thought we’d want to know. And it’s