Somtow with the orchestra in Berlin.
By Jai Pee
Chiang Mai is about to welcome two giant personalities in the world of music
and a fabulous new orchestra! Maestro Somtow Sucharitkul, Trisdee na
Patalung and the Siam Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra will present one – and
only one – free public concert at the Chiang Mai University Auditorium in
the Arts Building, Nimmanhaemin Road on Thursday October 10th at 8.00pm.
The concert will be conducted by the orchestra’s permanent conductor Trisdee
na Patalung with some works conducted by the founder of the orchestra,
Maestro Somtow Sucharitkul himself. The really attractive program below is
bursting with wonderful tunes and melodies as well as exciting rhythms that
will have you all wanting to join in!
Rossini: Overture La Gazzra Ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
Haydn: Symphony No 101 in D major (The Clock)
Somtow Sucharitkul: Suriyothai Suite
Johann Strauss: Thunder and Lightning Polka
Johann Strauss: Radetzky march
You are cordially invited to attend and reservations for seats – which are
limited and going fast – can be made by following the instructions at the
bottom of this article!
So what’s so special about this orchestra then?
On approaching their fourth birthday, this very exceptional set of young
performers has fairly dazzled the world of music when it comes to youth
· They won the very coveted first prize at the International Youth Orchestra
competition in Vienna last year. How’s that for rapid progress for an
orchestra that was then just 2 years old?
· Adding to that glory, they went on to win another prestigious
international music festival earlier this year, this time in Los Angeles,
California. Each concert in the USA was greeted with rapturous applause and
· On a recent tour of Germany, following a performance of Gustav Mahler’s
mighty First Symphony, the orchestra received a 10-minute standing ovation.
There was nothing but ecstatic applause and great critical acclaim for all
their performances in Berlin, Munich and Dresden.
· The youngest players are just 12 years old, and the upper age limit is 25.
· The permanent conductor, Trisdee na Patalung has already been described as
a ‘genius’ at 27 years old!
· The founder of the orchestra is none other than world-wide renowned
Maestro Somtow Sucharitkul, prolific author, composer and conductor.
Trisdee na Patalung was born in 1986 and began his musical education at the
age of 13 before being ‘discovered’ at 15 by Somtow Sucharitkul. Trisdee is
currently the Siam Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra’s resident conductor. Of
Trisdee’s conducting of Mozart’s great opera Die Zauberflöte in the UK,
OPERA magazine commented, “If the word ‘genius’ still has any meaning in
this age of rampant hyperbole, Trisdee is truly a living example.” Another
UK music magazine OPERA NOW stated “Trisdee na Patalung ... received the
warmest applause, a revelation for his understanding of the subtleties of
Rossini and for his constant, neck-cricking attention to the singers.”
Somtow Sucharitkul is the founder of the Bangkok Opera – he is a world
famous author with approaching 50 books to his name, a celebrated conductor
and renowned composer, as well as the founder of this wonderful Sinfonietta,
now critically acclaimed to be “one of the best youth orchestras in the
world”. If you don’t believe me then come and judge for yourselves – in
making its Chiang Mai debut, the orchestra is offering you all free seats!
But do reserve your places as there is limited seating! Reservations and
enquiries: 02 231 5273 or [email protected]
Or: Pom - 084 043 4554 (Thai) or JP - [email protected] (English)
conducting the orchestra performing in Berlin.