Pisco comes to Chiang Mai
The Ambassador of the Republic of Peru, H.E. Mr Carlos M. Velasco and Mrs.
Simona T. Velasco hosted a glamous reception at The Chedi Hotel last
Thursday, February 28 called ‘Peruvian Pisco Night’.
Luang Preeyapun Sridhavat admires the national dress of Peru.
The Achirana Canal built by the Incas, provided the European invaders with a
sufficient water source to plant vineyards with the Negra Corriente grape in
1547. The vineyards thrived and within ten years, Peru was exporting wine to
Argentina, Chile and back to Spain. The Europeans craved their native
brandies. Eventually they found a grape called the Quebranta which produced
a pure, highly potent, aromatic brandy which eventually became known by the
port from which it was exported to grateful drinkers abroad, ‘Pisco’.
Pisco is now the national drink of Peru and comes in two sorts - ‘sipping
Pisco’ for the palate without additives, and ‘rough Pisco’, best used for
the famous Pisco Sour.
Thomas Fernandez, Iceberg-Thai Co. Ltd., hosted a demonstration and a Pisco
Sour tasting at the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort on Friday February 29.
Horeca is the supplier of Pisco to Northern Thailand.
Guests of honour meet His Excellency Mr Carlos
Ambassador of the Republic of Peru (4th from the right).
H.E. Mr Carlos Velasco Mendiola, The Ambassador
of the Republic
of Peru invites the ladies to sample Pisco Sour. How could they refuse?
Dr George Sioris (Ambassador of Greece a.h.),
Eleanor Hardy (G.M. The Chedi) and Nick Bauer (G.M. The Imperial Mae
Lubosh Bahta, Resort Manager Four Seasons,
Mr Carlos Velasco Mendiola, The Ambassador of the Republic of Peru,
and Luis Felipe Llosa, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Peru (left).
Lots of different nationalities met at the Pisco
night at the Chedi;
Arvind, Heather, Naina and Shannon (l/r).
Chiang Mai Music Festival - a mesmerizing performance
No longer a well-kept secret!
The success of the third Chiang Mai Music Festival Concert, held
on Saturday, February 23, assured all concerned - performers, organizers
and the audience - that it can no longer be considered, in the words of
co-founder Anne Murase, ‘one of the city’s best kept secrets’. On this
occasion a large crowd of music lovers turned out to hear what must be
considered music making of the highest quality.
Chang, 8th grade, plays Schumann’s Allegro in B Minor, Op. 8.
Although the highlight of the evening proved to be the finale, a
mesmerizing performance of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 3 for Cello and Piano,
played by Dong-Oo Lee, (cello), and Tong-Il Han, (piano), all that
preceded it was of fine quality.
The opening pieces were played by students, and brilliant they proved.
Jae-Hee Chang gave us Schumann’s sprightly Allegro in B Minor, followed
by Seol-Hwa Kim tackling Brahms’s virtuoso Paganini Variations (Book 2).
Chung-Ho Lee ended the first half with a memorable performance of
Schumann’s substantial work, Carnaval, Op. 9.
In a judicious piece of programming, their teacher, Sun-Kyung Lee,
herself a former pupil of Tong-Il Han, gave an elegant rendition of
Chopin’s Ballade No. 3, Opus 47. Like all the players, she battled
successfully against the open air elements at the Ban Wangtan Resort,
including the odd aircraft. The mood of the concert was, however, so
relaxed that any distractions were readily forgiven. This was in large
part due to the infectious enthusiasm of the principal performer,
Tong-Il Han, whose love of the music and unforced admiration for his
colleagues and students spilled over to the enthusiastic listeners.
The performers had the advantage of an excellent Yamaha piano,
generously transported by the makers from Bangkok, just one aspect of
the material help on which the growing success of the festival depends.
Amazingly, admission was free and the whole evening was run by voluntary
organizers. Chiang Mai is lucky to have a festival of this quality
amongst its cultural highlights, so let’s hope that this now regular
event builds on its current success.
Further information can be found on www.chiangmai musicfestival.com,
where details of the festival’s short history and its other activities
in local schools are given.
Yosuke Harima, vice-president of Yamaha
Thailand, with Prof. Anne Murase,
co-founder and planning director of the CM Music Festival.
Tong-Il Han, piano, with Dong-Oo Lee, cello.
Page turning is Sun-Kyung Lee,
pupil of Tong-Il Han, and graduate Doctor of Music,
herself a noted soloist and University Dean.
Tong-Il Han, Dong-Oo Lee, Jae-Hee Chang,
Chung-Ho Lee, and Sun-Kyung Lee.