A First Recital
to Remember – Siwasak
Piampanyasilp on Trumpet
On Friday September 19, the Duriyasilp Music School of Payap
University gave us another delightful opportunity to witness a young 20 year
old in command of his trumpet. Siwasak opened his program with a charming
and tuneful trumpet concerto by 18th century composer Neruda; he played this
piece with confidence and firm control and allowed the tender moments of the
central movement to shine through. Breathing a huge sigh of relief after
each cadenza, all of which he played with considerable skill, Siwasak showed
us just how important frequent and concentrated practice can be. In all of
his chosen pieces, he had obviously spent a large amount of time in practice
and rehearsal. Nowhere was this more evident than in his rendition of Hook
and Steibel’s ‘Minuet and Ballo,’ played flawlessly and with sensitivity and
In the second part of the recital, Siwasak very bravely gave us an
unaccompanied version of Stephen Bulla’s ‘Requiem’ which came across clearly
and forcefully. He manages to produce a clear almost pure sound which
carefully balances the power of the instrument with its more lyrical and
tender facets. After two ‘Concert Duets’ by Antony Plog when Siwasak was
joined by one of his fellow students, the evening ended with a fanfare-like
‘Suite for Five Trumpets’ as the now enlarged group played together
extremely well and with verve and obvious enjoyment. Throughout the recital,
this young man gave us a performance that showed confidence, concentration
and skill. Yes, there were some tricky moments, but undaunted and very
determined, this promising young trumpeter overcame these quickly, played on
and gave us an impressive evening of interesting, enjoyable and stimulating
music. This was most definitely a first recital to remember.
Let us Entertain You!
On November 22 the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children
(FERC) will hold its annual fund raising party entitled ‘Let us Entertain
You’ at the Shangri La Hotel on Changklan Road.
The evening’s entertainment will feature the musical talents of Tangerine
Blue and a backup chorus of ten local singers, and will showcase music from
some of the most popular Broadway musicals, old and new.
Tickets are 1000 baht per person and will include wine, hors d’oeuvres
prepared by the Shangri La chefs, and homemade desserts. There will be
auctions and raffles during the evening.
Money raised will benefit the children of Baan Huay Pa Hon by means of FERC
Scholarship Funds. The FERC Scholarship Fund distributes two types of
scholarships to children in the rural areas of Thailand – emergency and
supplementary scholarships are given to students who have unforeseen
emergency needs as well as special needs for extra funds. FERC has awarded
92 of these scholarships thus far in 2008, providing assistance to students
in purchasing uniforms and school supplies as well as paying for extra
educational opportunities such as computer studies, science laboratories,
art music and sports. FERC also offers scholarships to students who are
eager to continue their high school (matayom) educations but need
financial assistance in order to do so.
Tickets can be obtained from any FERC board member or by contacting www.
Thailand roadshows to restore foreigners’ tourism confidence
Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports has dispatched a team of officials
to China for a ‘roadshow mission’ to clarify the real political situation in
the kingdom after the government lifted the State of Emergency decree in
Bangkok on Sunday, according to Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak
Weerasak said the team of ministry officials would focus on three aspects,
including the lack of violence in the demonstrations, that the State of
Emergency decree has been lifted and that there was no longer a blockade at
any airport. The decree was imposed by former PM Samak Sundaravej on
September 2 following clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters in
The aim of the mission is to give prospective Chinese tourists correct
information and the full understanding that Thailand is a safe place to
visit now, just as it had been in the past. In addition, similar roadshows
are expected to be held in Japan, Korea, India, Russia and various European
countries to help restore confidence among foreign visitors. Last Thursday,
the ministry wrote an official letter to 26 embassies, all of which earlier
issued warnings to their citizens to avoid visiting Thailand, to inform them
of the current situation.
In relation to the Thai Hotels Association’s proposal concerning the “Visa
on Arrival” project to be launched for worldwide tourists during the period
October to December, Weesarak stated he was open to the private sector’s
opinions, but that he would review the proposal’s details and discuss them.
The minister added that new tourism policies will focus more on high-end
tourists who are more desirable visitors, and not emphasise quantity, as the
former are more likely to create sustainable tourism and value for
investment. Weerasak said he is confident that international tourism revenue
will increase by 5 per cent from the total balance of 600 billion baht.
Regarding the domestic market, income is expected to rise 5 per cent from
the equivalent returns of 380 billion baht. Due to earlier skyrocketing oil
prices, domestic market growth has declined from last year, during which it
grew 10 per cent.
In order to support more Thai tourism, the ministry will negotiate with
airlines and travel agencies, asking them to reduce airfares, as fuel costs
have already declined. (TNA)
Sarah of Care for
Care for Dogs is highly regarded in the community for the work it
does in caring for, rehoming, and looking after both the dogs at the shelter
and the homeless dogs so common in this city. A year or so ago, a new
volunteer arrived, who is now the mainstay of the operation, working from
Monday through Saturday and developing the centre’s services in every way.
This is Sarah – who, when recently asked, told us more about herself and her
commitment to Care for Dogs.
“I am originally from New Zealand – I left when I was 26 to do the big
“Overseas Experience” thing. I met my partner Julian whilst I was banqueting
manager for a London hotel. After 5 years, we moved to Malaysia, where I
volunteered with an animal shelter and stayed for 2 years, doing very
similar things in terms of medications and vaccines, although I was mainly
based around coordinating volunteers.
After 2 years we moved to Chiang Mai and finally I was able to do a little
more of what I really wanted to do – nursing and medical care. I am
absolutely loving it! I come in at 8 a.m. and help with the feeding and
cleaning for around 3 hours. There are always cases requiring extra feeding
and nursing. I check that all medications are being given correctly, and at
11 a.m. we dress wounds; at any one time we have between 3 to 8 dogs
For the vet runs, I need to co-ordinate which dogs are to go and know what
treatment changes they need. Usually this is done Mondays but sometimes we
have 2 or 3 medical runs dependent upon how many cases we have in.
Sterilisation runs are done Tuesdays and Wednesdays as we are increasing
sterilisation numbers. TvT cases are Saturdays. Currently, a vet comes in to
do these, which is wonderful. All the above before lunch!
After lunch, I instruct volunteers on the day’s tasks. Additional medical
care may be needed if they find a problem with a particular dog. I spend a
lot of time dealing with visitors who arrive at the shelter unannounced.
Gill is a great help – if they only speak Thai, Gulab will interpret.
Sometimes visitors want to adopt a dog or make a donation. Sometimes they
just want to be with the dogs for a while. Most days are pretty busy but
what I love to do is sit with the dogs and give them love and cuddles! Now
things are more organised with more volunteers, I have more time for this!
That’s Sarah – a tremendous asset to Care for Dogs, someone who not only
commits 200% but has also helped the organisation to grow. For more info, to
volunteer, adopt or donate, please visit www. carefordogs.org.
Alliance Francaise presents its films for October
Friday, October 3, 8 p.m.
LES MAUVAIS JOUEURS (2005)
by Frédéric Balekdjian with Pascal Elbé • Simon Abkarian • Isaac Sharry • 85
min • Eng. sub titles
Vahé, Sahak, and Toros run a bonneteau game on the streets of Paris. They’re
Lebanese French. Vahé also works with his father, a cloth merchant, and is
in love with Lu Ann, Chinese French, who’s broken off their affair. Vahé
wants to make things right: with Lu Ann, with his father’s business, and
with Yuen, Lu Ann’s younger brother, who’s on the edge of delinquency and
owes money to the gang who arranged his passage from China. Vahé tries to be
like a father to Yuen, teaching him a work ethic. When Yuen impetuosity puts
his own life in jeopardy, Vahé tries to save him. Are Vahé’s impulses and
hopes to die on the streets of Paris?
Friday, October 10, 8 p.m.
TRAVAUX, ON SAIT QUAND ÇA COMMENCE... (2005)
by Brigitte Roüan with Carole Bouquet • Jean-Pierre Castaldi
Aldo Maccione • Didier Flamand • 95 min • Eng. sub-titles
Chantal Letellier is a “wonderful woman.” She’s a lawyer and she always wins
her cases. In her professional life she’s a heavyweight, but in her private
life she’s a pushover. She’s divorced - and didn’t even litigate - and is
saddled with two teenage kids who are very well brought up in a bad kind of
way. When it comes to love, think “desert” - she’s got no time. But flesh is
weak and one night she lets loose with a client. He falls madly in love with
her and settles in. To get rid of him, she undertakes major renovations with
the intention of making the house unliveable in. To top it all, she employs
a young Colombian architect, an immigrant worker whose illegal status she’s
just rectified. Eternally grateful, and taking advantage of the situation to
spruce up his press-book, the architect gives her house an entire makeover
with the help of illegal workers. She didn’t request that much!
Friday, October 17, 8 p.m.
COUP DE TORCHON (1981)
by Bertrand Tavernier with Philippe Noiret • Isabelle Huppert
Guy Marchand • Jean-Pierre Marielle • Stéphane Audran • 128 min • Eng.
“A bid for survival” located in Bourkassa, a small village in French Eastern
Africa, Lucien is a policeman embroiled in a series of murders. Ridiculed by
his fellow whites, he is going to take revenge… in his own way.
Friday, October 24, 8 p.m.
MADAME BOVARY (1991)
by Claude Chabrol with Isabelle Huppert • Jean Yanne • Christophe Malavoy •
140 min • Eng. sub-titles.
A famous Gustave Flaubert novel adapted yet again to the silver screen by
Chabrol after Renoir, 1933, Minnelli, 1949. Emma is a country girl who has
married out of gratitude a doctor who has cured her father. Romantic and
dreaming of luxury, she becomes quickly bored with the monotony of their
lives. Having met a dashing but penniless aristocrat, she becomes his
Friday, October 31, 8 p.m.
LES SŒURS FÂCHÉES (2004)
by Alexandra Leclère with Catherine Frot • Isabelle Huppert • François
Berléand • 93 min • Eng. sub-titles
Louise, younger sister, natural and straightforward, lives in province;
Martine, older sister, beautiful and aloof, lives in the Parisian upper
middle class. Louise has written a novel. On Monday she will go for an
appointment with a publisher in Paris, which may change her life. She comes
to live with Martine for three days. During three days, Louise and her
obvious happiness exasperate Martine and set her life in glares...