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Now that was entertainment!

Now that was entertainment!

The Chiang Mai Choral Society entertained to a sold out performance at the Sofitel Hotel.

The Chiang Mai Choral Society International again proved its performance versatility to a sold out audience on June 9th. Opening with a beautiful and moving rendition of HM the King’s Anthem followed by the Society’s theme song, It’s a Grand Night for Singing, the first act created laughter, foot-tapping and smiles with songs from the movies. We “sha-la-la-la-ed” with Richard Dixon’s rendition of Yesterday Once More, and laughed with Mark Walder’s delightful spoof in That’s Entertainment. The mood was romantic when Becky Lomax and Frank Weicks sang The Way You Look Tonight, and quickly changed to lighthearted as they followed with Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head. Somewhere Out There, was sweetly yearning, but Glynn Morgan’s delightful Cockney rendition of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious brought back the magic of Mary Poppins and an innocent time. Sharon Landwer-Johan’s beautiful alto voice told us about The Last Time I Saw Paris, and the romantic mood continued in the choral rendition of Isn’t It Romantic.

Mark Walder and the chorus all join in to salute the Master of the House.

One of the most striking choral pieces of the evening was Moon River, then Mark and Becky changed the mood into laughter with their pseudo-French dialogue between a love-struck couple. Becky and Frank again took the stage for a medley of You Made Me Love You and Happy Trails to You, and the chorus completed its walk down memory lane with Cheek to Cheek and the Flintstones. The group then made a light hearted visit to The Blue Danube, performing in German, and The Vienna Woods with a piano duet featuring Sid Richardson and Namiko Yamamoto before ending the first half of the program with a stirring rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water, featuring soloist Ong-Ard Kanchaisak. Narrator Rachel Cox reminded the audience that this piece symbolizes the Choral Society’s commitment to international friendship.

Frank Weicks and Becky Lomax together on stage singing The Way You Look Tonight.
The second act began with four lovely Liebeslieder Waltzes sung in German by Julia Schönhärl, Karis Pratt, Glynn Morgan and Ong-Ard Kanchaisak and accompanied by the piano duet of Sid Richardson and Piyakamol Vanichmongkol. A collective intake of breath could be heard throughout the room as pianist Sid Richardson began the dramatic introduction to a medley from Phantom of the Opera. Satomi Kimura and Masakatsu Kimura were the featured soloists in this well-known musical, and their voices perfectly fit their parts. David Geddes then verbally set the stage for the transition to Les Misérables, the epic saga of revolution. Sharon led the soloists with I Dreamed a Dream, followed by Masa with Castle on a Cloud and Glynn with Do You Hear the People Sing? Mark again proved that he was Master of the House with a delightful, crowd-pleasing version of the song. Karis’ lovely interpretation of On My Own followed, as did the soulful yearning expressed by tenors David and Ong-Ard in Bring Him Home. The final number was reminiscent of the stage show as the people of the chorus literally rose up to the inspirational Do You Hear the People Sing? The evening ended with the group honoring its director, Pitijet Vichitporn, Music Director/Pianist Sid Richardson, Founder/Sponsor Waranan Pongcharoenkul and student helper/pianist Piyakamol Vanichmongkol.
If you missed this concert, you missed an evening of entertainment that took us from the movies to the French revolution, from romance to farce. You should definitely reserve your seats for the next show. (CMM Reporters)