Arts - Entertainment
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
If you are interested in joining The Gate Theater Group but are unable to
attend the meeting on Saturday, please contact us at gatetheater @gmail.com
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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