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    A multi-national musical feast

    Life, Published on 23/08/2017

    » The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra will present a feast of Austrian, French, Italian and English opera to mark HM Queen Sirikit's 85th birthday, at the Main Hall of the Thailand Cultural Centre, Ratchadaphisek Road, on Friday at 8pm.

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    RBSO's principal clarinettist takes centre stage

    Life, Published on 08/02/2018

    » The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) opened their 2018 season brilliantly with "Classical Concert No.1" inside the Small Hall of the Thailand Cultural Centre on Jan 25, showcasing a star player from their own ranks -- principal clarinettist and esteemed soloist Yos Vaneesorn. The return of much-admired visiting Japanese conductor Hide Shindori was also a welcome choice, inspiring the RBSO to perform with much energy and commitment.

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    Three is the magic number

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 30/01/2018

    » This week World Beat considers three stringed instruments from Africa: the valiha from Madagascar, kora from West Africa and oud from North Africa (which may have originated in what was Persia). All these instruments are plucked and 10 years ago, a bright spark in the music business thought it would be a good idea to bring together three master pluckers of these three instruments to see what music they might create. The result was the 3MA project release back in 2008.

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    Rhapsody in Bangkok

    Life, Published on 29/01/2018

    » West End celebrities will join the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra for "The Great American Songbook" at Thailand Cultural Centre's Main Hall, Ratchadaphisek Road, on Wednesday at 8pm.

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    Feeding The Beast

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 17/09/2017

    » The National's latest album captures themes including the political climate and a relationship about to collapse.

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    Music fit for a Queen

    Life, Tretip Kamolsiri, Published on 29/08/2017

    » Under the baton of National Artist Rear Adm Veeraphan Vawklang, The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) last week performed "Thai Classical Music" to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's 85th birthday at the Main Hall of the Thailand Culture Centre. The programme consisted of works from different genres that reflected Her Majesty's great benevolence to the country during the reign of the late King Bhumibol.

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    Magnificent molam rides again!

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 26/12/2017

    » This year's party at the Jim Thompson Farm in Pak Thong Chai, held each year at the same time -- the farm opened to the public for six weeks -- was a fun affair. The Farm Tour for 2017 is about the importance of water in the country's northeastern region, as reflected in the title, "Rushing Water -- The Life Force Of Isan".

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    Sisters are doin' it for themselves

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 22/06/2017

    » Call it teen power. Or the epitome of kawaii culture. Or a great marketing idea. Some may also detect a strange, Lolita-tinted vibe. But with their own TV, anime and manga series, as well as the record for "highest selling musical act in Japan in terms of singles sold", AKB48, with 48 members, are a long-standing Japanese idol girl-group known for their super-cute style and catchy tunes. It has been described as a national phenomenon in its country of origin, with a devoted fanbase that has followed the band's songs and merchandise since its inception over a decade ago in 2005.

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    Mesmerising molam

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 09/05/2017

    » Twenty-five years ago I joined a team from the Japan Foundation on a tour of Isan to meet and talk to molam artists, as part of a project on Lao music in the region. We met up with the then-president of the Molam Association, National Artist Kane Dalao, and his two female molam partners, Boonpeng Faiphewchai and Chaweewan Damnoen (both later awarded national artist status), and joined the trio as they performed concerts in villages for social ceremonies like weddings in and around Khon Kaen.

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    RBSO shines with rendition of Sibelius

    Life, Published on 05/12/2017

    » Joined by the Russian-born violin virtuoso Boris Belkin for a memorable performance of Sibelius' Violin Concerto In D Minor, the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) excelled once again at the Thailand Cultural Centre last Tuesday. The orchestra also gave a rousing performance of Tchaikovsky's ultimate orchestral warhorse, his Fifth Symphony In E Minor.

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