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The Maestro – The Genius – and Youth: An Extraordinary Combination!

Maestro 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 orchestras:
· 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 standing ovations.
· 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)

Somtow conducting the orchestra performing in Berlin.
 


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