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The World of Song

Charity seminar to benefit Baan Pa Kum School

Jean-Pierre Kirkland gave a seminar on a wide range of popular music to raise funds for the Baan Pa Kum School on July 18, 2014 at Santi Music School on Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5.

By Shana Kongmun
Musicologist and occasional Chiang Mai Mail columnist JP took an audience of around 30 people on a musical journey to far off places like New York, Austria, Sweden and even Thailand with his recent video presentation on music at Santi Music School on Friday, July 18, 2014.
JP combed through videos to present his selection, coming up with old favorites and some new. Offering information on the song, the artist and the author, the evening was both interesting and entertaining offering a wide range of “popular” music from Neil Diamond who scored the Jonathan Livingston Seagull film (who knew? As JP pointed out, not sure how much of a blockbuster a film about a seagull can be) to a powerful Miserere by Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti and a gruff voiced Zucchero.

Well-known Chiang Mai personality Dr. Howard was joined by friends at the lecture.

JP threw in classic Thai folk artist Caravan whose music launched a generation of social activists in Thailand with their “Songs for Life” to Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins who did the same in the U.S. Offering titbits of information and background made the songs come alive and the musicians who performed the music and the lighthearted ending with a song by satirist Tom Lehrer “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” was the perfect ending to what was an at times somber and at times lively evening of music.
JP will be offering a second round on the seminar on August 22, funds raised go towards the purchase of music instruments for the remote Baan Pa Kum school in Samoeng whose students as yet, have no musical instruments whatsoever. Reservations are limited for the next event so booking is necessary; [email protected]


Gate Theater readies for the new season

The Gate Theater Group has been bringing live English Language Theater to Chiang Mai since 2007. During that time we have been recognized by local news agencys and organizations as a significant cultural asset to the community while creating an outlet where residents can become involved in the performing arts.
The Gate Theater Group is in the process of recruiting participants, patrons and advertisers for the upcoming season and is interested in hearing from anyone who would like to get involved. An open meeting will be held on Saturday August 2nd at 2:00 p.m. to introduce The Gate steering committee, recruit new members and fill important positions within the group. We will also discuss the upcoming season and set dates for casting.
Among the plays which have been selected for the 2014 – 2015 season are Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, I hate Hamlet, by Paul Rudnick and Rumors by Neil Simon.
The meeting will take place in the 7th floor conference room at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall. To get there, take the elevator on the first floor near the front (main) entrance to 7. Walk across the lobby and turn left through the double doors and then turn right. The conference room will be on your left. Please bring a pen or pencil with you for filling in the necessary forms.
If you are interested in joining The Gate Theater Group but are unable to attend the meeting on Saturday, please contact us at gatetheater and we will be happy to set a time when someone can meet with you to answer any questions and register you as a member or advertiser.

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The World of Song

Gate Theater readies for the new season