Arts - Entertainment
A Midsummer Night’s Musical Delight
Teacher Narin plays Elgar’s Salut d’Amour
accompanied by Ajaan Santi Saengthong
By Jai Pee
The Head of the Music School in Sirimangklanjan Soi 5, Ajaan Santi
Saengthong arranged a concert to help some of his recent examinee successes
gain confidence and entertain a good-sized audience at the end of March.
This was a very good opportunity for ourselves the public, plus parents and
relatives, to witness first-hand the prowess and skills of those much
younger than us – and a very good, lively and interesting evening it proved
to be. The range of music was quite incredible dating from Baroque composers
such as Pachelbel and Bach through composers of the Classical period
including Mozart and Dussek, the Romantic period in the form of Beethoven
and Brahms and ending in the more modern period with Shostakovitch. The
pieces performed included dances – minuets and waltzes – the opening of
Mozart’s magical Serenade ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ and lyrical melodies by
Elgar and Torrega for example. This was a golden opportunity for the young
people to excel – which they did abundantly, at various levels of study and
tackling some really challenging pieces on violin and piano. The ages ranged
from 9 to 29 and beyond – since three teachers from the school including
Ajaan Santi himself, presented short pieces to the delight of the audience.
There was some nervousness and hesitation from the performers, all part of
the learning process and the young people managed to overcome these problems
with steady determination and control.
It is always with great pleasure and a great sense of awe and wonder to me
that young people living in a very unique foreign country such as Thailand
can understand and perform music written half-way across the world with such
eloquence and at times, such passion – the great composer Richard Strauss
who was born 150 years ago in Munich, Germany, once said that music was the
noblest of all art forms that bridged the gap between people of all races
and tongues and helped to establish a common understanding that might lead
to peace – what we heard from our young performers and teachers last Sunday
goes a long way to proving that point. The artists came from very different
backgrounds and different schools but all showed confidence and dexterity
achieved through hard work and solid practice. Congratulations go to the
several performers - Sorn aged 15, Preme aged 18, Takato aged 9, Napat aged
15, Napatsorn aged 15, Nasha aged 13, and Maxime aged 12. Teachers Narin on
the violin and Warika (Apple) on the piano gave us robust performances which
were completed by the ‘boss’ himself, Ajaan Santi dazzling us with his
interpretation of Chopin’s remarkable 1834 composition Fantasie-Impromptu.
The musical section of the evening ended with a group ensemble performance
of Pachelbel’s famous Canon arranged for piano and keyboards and a luscious
sound it made too. The young people were then thrilled to be presented with
gifts and certificates from Dr Bennett Lerner, international pianist and
judge and former teacher in Chiang Mai. A strong vote of thanks should also
go to the capacity audience for supporting our young people and for helping
them to go some way to achieving the philosophy contained in the wonderful
words of wisdom from Richard Strauss above.
Gente at Sangdee
Artist Nicolas Luna
and one of his pieces at Sangdee Gallery.
By LiLi Tan
Mexican-American artist Nicolas Luna held his exhibition, titled
Gente at Sangdee Gallery on Sirimangkalajarn Road Soi 5 on April 4, 2014.
The title, which means people in Spanish, was given because Nic has always
found people to be the most fascinating subjects to draw, finding that
people exist and thrive because of a web of relationships. His figures are
often intertwined because we our thanks to the hundreds of not thousands or
millions of people who directly and indirectly help us to live and thrive.
Nic noted that his lines are not perfect because he does not want to present
a false idea that any person is perfect, he added that it is the
imperfections that make people interesting. He also said, “The shaky lines
are due in part to my inexperience and as I grow more skilled they will also
improve, but this must happen with time, I do not wish to belabor upon my
images now just to project something that I am not yet. Or perhaps, may
never be. I prefer to spend that time improving my skills by making more
Nic is a four year resident of Chiang Mai, heading the Art Department at
Varee International Program.
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