The 3rd “Perng Jai Contemporary
Performing Thai Arts” was held on July 17 at Chiang Mai University’s Arts
and Cultural Centre with the show “Anodard: Mythical Pond a highlight.
Luang Kledkaew, a mixture of the Chinese dragon and the
Thai Naga was one of the performances given at the CMU Arts and Culture
Centre on July 17.
With performances by the Norsilp Group and alumni of the
Thai Arts Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts at CMU, the show featured
Lanna contemporary performing art, with 9 shows in all.
Scholarships for students at the Faculty of Fine Arts
will benefit from the funds raised from the show that featured performances
from Asst. Prof. Manop Mansaem, Asst. Prof. Thitipol Kanteewong, Waewdao
Sirisuk, Opas Yakhammee, Nalintha Kittiwan, Theerayuth Nilmoon, Ronarong
Khampha, and Kiartkong Silapasonthayanon.
CMU ‘s Faculty of Fine Arts held the show to promote the
performing arts and to help encourage the growth of modern interpretations
of Lanna culture.
A-songkhai shows the different times of day
and night in a
contemporary arts performance.
The Anodard Mythical Pond show presented traditional Lanna
in a more contemporary light.
Silpakorn University Woodwind and Strings Ensemble Concert
On Friday evening July 16th in the
New Arts building of Chiang Mai University, a friend of mine sitting next to
me after hearing this remarkable concert whispered “Where in the world would
you go to hear musicianship of this high quality?” Well, here it was right
in the heart of Chiang Mai. The Woodwind and Strings Ensemble from Silpakorn
University astonished a good-sized audience by delivering an incredible
display of masterful technique in a concert of chamber works by Johann
Christian Bach (son of the greater Johann Sebastian), Beethoven and Weber.
Each piece featured strings and one woodwind instrument. The ensemble could
not have been more together – from the first note of the Bach to the last
note of the Weber they were in total unison and produced an amazingly clear
sound with subtle variations in tone that brought out the wonderful nuances
of these three remarkable pieces.
The oboe playing in the Bach Oboe Quartet by Damrih
Banawitayakit was beautiful and captured the sultry tones of this chirpy and
melodic composition admirably. Worapon Kanweerayothin handled the flute with
a high degree of professionalism in the delightful Beethoven Serenade in D
and his performance in the higher register was quite outstanding. The
celebrated Weber Clarinet Quintet concluded this adventurous and
inspirational program and the playing by the Chiang Mai born clarinetist Yos
Vaneesorn was excellent throughout. The entry of the clarinet in the first
movement of this delectable composition is one of those rare and
intoxicating moments in musical composition, and Yos achieved this with
great skill and beauty.
The three soloists were accompanied by the now most
famous string ensemble in Thailand – Leo Philips and Anawin Sawattabovorn on
violins, the effervescent and charming Tasana Nagavajara on viola and the
indomitable Kittikhun Sodprasert on cello. What a magnificent combination
this is and what inspired musicians they are – they play together with the
highest degree of professionalism imaginable; their love of their
instruments and of the music they are playing radiates through like sunshine
after a thunderstorm; their ability to engage with the audience at the very
start is a remarkable achievement in its own right. This was an
extraordinary concert in that it combined musical compositions rarely heard
in concert halls worldwide with superb musicianship. How fortunate we are to
have such opportunities and let us hope that these fine exponents of
classical music will grace our city again very soon.