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Singer Frans Bloem to perform in Chiang Mai

The 11th Rincome Angkhang season rally 2007

Teresa Walters captivates her audience with inspired interpretations of the classics

Calling all actors

Singer Frans Bloem to perform in Chiang Mai

Frans Bloem in
New York

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 cabaret vocalist.
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 University.

Jan Verwers
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 Classical Music.
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 Assisi”.
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 through 30.
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 fascinating.



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