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Siam Sinfonietta Visit to Chiang Mai
By Jai Pee
Siam Sinfonietta, the youth orchestra founded in 2553 by
Thai/American composer Somtow Sucharitkul, and with resident conductor
Trisdee na Patalung, will be visiting Chiang Mai in early October.
There will be one public performance by
this highly acclaimed and prize-winning orchestra scheduled for Thursday
October 10th at the Chiang Mai University Auditorium Fine Arts Building.
This will be a free public concert with a selection of well-known pieces
taken from the following list:
· Rossini’s Thieving Magpie Overture,
· Haydn’s 101st Symphony, (The Clock)
· Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije Suite
· Somtow’s own Opera-Ballet Suite, Suriyothai
The Sinfonietta was created in order to provide intensive training for young
Thai musicians intending to have a serious career in classical music. The
performance here in Chiang Mai is not only a ‘first’ for the city but it
heralds the start of the fourth year of this highly successful Orchestra. It
has toured extensively in Thailand and in its second year it started on
ambitious and highly successful foreign tours.
On July 8, 2555, the two-year-old orchestra won first place at the Summa Cum
Laude International Youth Music Festival in the symphony orchestra category
in the Grand Hall of the prestigious Vienna Konzerthaus in Austria. Since
then it has made two highly successful tours to Germany and a further one to
California. In both places the orchestra received standing ovations
following its performances of works such as Mahler’s 1st Symphony and
Somtow’s Suriyothai Suite. In November 2555 the orchestra under the baton of
Maestro Somtow, gave a moving performance of the fully restored Mahler 10th
symphony, largely unfinished on his death in 1911 but carefully
reconstructed and pieced together by British musicologist Derek Cooke. In
July this year, the orchestra combined with musicians from various
orchestras including performers from Malaysia and inside Thailand, plus
three choirs and eight soloists, to present the highly successful Thailand
premiere of Mahler’s mighty 8th symphony – with a total of 400 performers.
Further details of this long-awaited visit with a finalized program will be
published in the next edition of this newspaper but meanwhile if you require
more information, then please email local contact and musicologist JP on
Please do not try to contact either the orchestra or Chiang Mai University
and also please note that since this is a free public concert there can be
no reservation of seats in advance.
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The brutal torture and murder of the young University of Wyoming student
spawned books and this moving play. The play will be shown at October 17 –
20 by the Gate Theater Group at the 7th Floor Studio Theatre, Kad Suan Kaew.
Gate Theater is Chiang Mai’s first English language theater group, operating
in Chiang Mai since 2007 and is expanding its goals in an effort to become a
cultural assets to Chiang Mai. The group is working to engage more
residents, both Thai and foreign to become involved, increase the number of
productions and to translate Thai works into English for production. Tickets
will be on sale at the Information Desk from 23 September. Info from