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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Gabriel Fauré’s Nocturnes and Barcarolles - the second concert

Bold as Brass - A superb evening of pure professional entertainment

Hansori Chorale revisits Chiang Mai for “Voices from Heaven” concert

Mother of the Year

Anyone getting married?

Gabriel Fauré’s Nocturnes and Barcarolles - the second concert

Pianist Bennett Lerner joins with tenor Jan-Ate Stobbe

Jan-Ate Stobbe and Bennett Lerner during a recent performance.

During the second concert in the series “Nocturnes and Barcarolles”, pianist Bennett Lerner will be joined by Dutch tenor Jan-Ate Stobbe. These concerts are brought to us by the Duriyasilp College of Music of Payap University, Chiang Mai. In this program featuring music mostly from the years 1883-85, Bennett Lerner will continue his traversal of the complete Nocturnes and Barcarolles of the French composer Gabriel Fauré with Nocturnes Nos. 4 and 5 and Barcarolle No. 2. Jan-Ate Stobbe will perform Mahler’s early song cycle, “Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen”, (Songs of a Wayfarer), together with operatic arias from Verdi’s “Otello”, Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”, and songs from the operettas “Gasparone“ by Millöcker and “Zigeunerbaron”, (“The Gypsy Baron”) by Johann Strauss, Jr.
The concert will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2008, at 7:30 p.m in the Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall, Mae Kao campus, Payap University. Admission is 200 Baht (100 for students). For more information, please call Khun Nok at 081 804 3920.

 

Bold as Brass - A superb evening of pure professional entertainment

Jean-Pierre Kirkland
What a glorious treat we all had on Sunday night, August 17 in the beautiful Luce Chapel at Payap University as we were enraptured by the dynamic performance by the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra’s Brass Quintet. These five very talented musicians, supported ably by two colleagues, gave us an hour of classical, swing and jazz music that was excellent in every way. With firm confidence, the ensemble opened its concert with a fanfare-like short piece by Thai composer Bai - followed by a glorious Rondeau in Baroque style by the French composer Jean Mouret. And so it went on, Brahms, Sondheim and Kamen to name but a few, each member of the quintet taking turns to introduce every piece, translated into English, very much appreciated by much of the audience. The pace of the music ‘hotted up’ as did the whole atmosphere as the concert progressed. Instruments were played with confidence and accuracy and each member of the ensemble was exactly in tune with his colleagues, a real team effort of the highest calibre. Before the last few minutes, the pace was so lively that I half expected members of the audience to be dancing in the aisles, the rhythms and sounds were so inviting.
These young musicians all have distinguished histories, the horn player Akanok, for example, having studied with the celebrated Barry Tuckwell (of Mozart Horn Concerti fame) and one of the trumpet players, Surachaet, having played with the Malaysian Symphony Orchestra and NAFA Symphony Orchestra, Singapore. Satit, the trombonist has played regularly with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Thai Youth Orchestra as well as good jazz bands such as the Little Bigband. Boonchai on tuba has traveled and played in Australia. Sadly, the programme omitted details of the other trumpeter, Alangkorn, but his professionalism and expertise indicates strongly a long and loving association with his instrument. All of them are currently members of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. Their aims are to give occasional concerts similar to this throughout Thailand, to give educational and outreach concerts and present special concerts for larger organizations as well as raising money for Thailand’s elderly people and for orphanages.
The music was so professional and electrifying throughout the hour that it is difficult to pick out individual pieces for additional praise. However, mention must be made of the extra item in the programme when the group was joined by trumpet player Jakapan, who led them into a swinging version of Amazing Grace. This was preceded by a wonderful piece of jazz written by His Gracious Majesty the King, which gave the two trumpeters, Surachaet and Alangkorn wonderful opportunities to show off their talents, as well as for Satit on the trombone to really let himself go as he snatched the melody from the trumpets. And in the final numbers by Glenn Miller and an exciting version of the St. Louis Blues, Rungkiart joined the group to provide substantial backing on percussion.
So popular were the musicians that they were brought back for 2 encores, both of which gave all members of the group good opportunities to show off their talents, including Boonchai, the poor tuba player who always has the dullest score to contend with, but who on this occasion was given a stomping melody all of his own - does anyone reading this remember that wonderful children’s piece, Tubby the Tuba? It was so reminiscent of that! Yes, we are very fortunate to have such talent, energy and enthusiasm amongst our young musicians. Their concentrated efforts left us all in no doubt at all that great music ranging from Brahms to Glenn Miller is in safe hands with professionals like this at the helm. But what a pity that so few people attended - around 80 in total, leaving three-quarters of the Chapel empty. Those who did not come out missed a wonderful evening and a chance to encourage and support these gifted people.


Hansori Chorale revisits Chiang Mai for “Voices from Heaven” concert

Known for their divine voices, the internationally famous Hansori Women’s Chorale from South Korea will return to Chiang Mai at the end of this month to delight their fans with a wide range of solo, duet and choral music. The chorale’s extensive and varied repertoire ranges from Strauss, Rossini, Mozart, Beethoven and other classical composers, through pieces by Korean composers, to “songs from the shows” and versions of popular numbers. In 2004, the chorale visited Los Angeles as part of a larger chorus to perform in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta. The highly-acclaimed chorale also perform regularly in Korea and South-east Asia
The “Hansori - Voices from Heaven” concert will be held on August 30, at Payap University’s Mae Khao campus Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free; profits from the concert will be donated to the underprivileged in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. For reservations and further info, please call Khun Jin on 087 001 0452.


Mother of the Year

The picture says it all. When you spend time with this happy family - Sopha Thavorn, her son, Peung, and her husband, Pon, it becomes very easy to understand why Sopha was chosen Mother of the Year twice in succession at Peung’s elementary school. Sopha and Peung were called on to represent the school on many occasions at conferences and meetings attended by members of the Royal Family, top government ministers, and other high-ranking officials. At one such meeting, Peung was singled out by Princess Ubolratana for a private conversation - in English.

Pictured are Sopha Thavorn with her son, Peung, and her husband, Pon.
This school term, Peung has moved to Junior High at Navamindarajudisphayap School. Out of more than 600 students taking the entrance test, Peung scored highest on his application for admission. Already he and his family have made a very positive impression on the students and staff at the new school. This month, in an impressive ceremony at the school, Sopha was singled out as Mother of the Year to represent Peung’s class group.
Sopha comes originally from Sisaket and has lived in Chiang Mai for almost 20 years. Her husband, Pon, is from Fang. Sopha’s ability to speak fluent English, (and even Australian!), and her generous nature have endeared her to both the farang and Thai communities. The question most often heard among her many friends is,”What would we do without her?”


Anyone getting married?

The Grand Lanna Ballroom at the Shangri La Hotel.

Another sumptuous wedding fair is scheduled for Sunday, August 31, in the Shangri-La Hotel’s Grand Lanna Ballroom, promising an amazing display of everything a bride, (and her mother!), can dream up as an absolute necessity for the great day. For fathers with calculators in their gently shaking hands, the Shangri-La has several very comfortable bars…
For a very “different” wedding dress, designs by the UK fashion designer Lawrence Goldberg will be shown, inspired and themed by elephant-painted silks. Exclusive jewellery by Chiang Mai designers Nok ‘em Ded will complement the outfits; the Shangri-La will provide a display of delicacies for the wedding lunch or supper, and a wedding cake showcase will remind brides that calories aren’t that important on your wedding day! There will be two shows on the day, at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.



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