The Sweet Melodious Clarinet
Charlie Suriyakhum and David Wilson at the AUA
The intimate setting of the AUA auditorium on Rajadamnoen
once again played host to some wonderful music on Wed 2 January.
Suriyakham (Clarinet) with (l-r) Miriam. Boomtrika, Boomjira (Charlie’s Mum)
and Linda (Charlie’s wife).
Charlie Suriyakhum was born in Chiang Mai and currently plays with the U S
Coast Guard band, one of the premier military bands in America. Wednesday’s
programme was varied, ranging from the well-loved Rossini and Schumann to
some splendiferous Widor, some jazzily captivating D’Rivera and a fiendishly
virtuoso performance of contemporary Graham Fitkin. Charlie’s flair and
flamboyance in the more showy pieces – such as Béla Kováks’ Sholem-alekhem,
rov Feidman! – had the audience delightedly yelping for more. His dedication
of Massenet’s Meditation from Thaďs to his father emphasised the emotion he
poured into his performance of the well-loved piece. His range of talent
also made for a masterly performance of the quieter and more classical end
of the repertoire, such as Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces, op. 73, where
Charlie’s dynamic range and sensitivity shone through.
Pianist David Wilson teaches piano at Payap University, having escaped here
from icy Michigan. He is a highly experienced performer and accompanist,
managing expertly to draw that fine line between support (am I too loud?)
and virtuosity (it’s my bit here!). David was imperturbable throughout,
whether his part called for finesse, (as in the Massenet) or in rock-solid
reliability and technique, (as with the Fitkin).
After the encore, Charlie announced how much he had enjoyed performing for
us and came close to promising to perform here again in a year or two. We’ll
be holding him to that. So, if you missed it this time, don’t do so again.
Members of the audience with
David Wilson were (l-r) Thomas, Gene,
David Wilson (piano), Ricki, Tony and Brian.
Postponement of the Hillside
4 Charity Rooftop Party from
12th January to 26th January
Period of mourning to be observed
The Governor of Chiang Mai has requested that due to the recent death of
HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana, the Rooftop Charity Party scheduled for
this coming Saturday be postponed until Saturday 26th January. Our
condolences for their sad loss go to His Majesty the King, the Royal
family, and to the Thai people.
On the new date, events at the Charity Party will be as originally
planned, with only a few minor alterations. We are truly sorry for any
inconvenience the change of date may cause to our guests, but are sure
that the reason will be understood. Your tickets will still be valid on
the new date; we are not planning to issue replacements. If any guests
are not now able to attend due to prior commitments on the 26th and
would like a refund, we ask them to return their tickets to the
reception desk at Hillside 4. An immediate refund will be given.
If anyone is now able to attend, due to the change of date, tickets can
still be purchased at the Hillside 4 reception desk, or from members of
We need your support more than ever – please pass the word around and
tell everyone. Thank you.