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
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
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
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
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.
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
Anyone getting married?
The Grand Lanna Ballroom at the Shangri La
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
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.