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The Sweet Melodious Clarinet

Postponement of the Hillside 4 Charity Rooftop Party from 12th January to 26th January

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.

Charlie 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 the committee.
We need your support more than ever – please pass the word around and tell everyone. Thank you.

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