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» Around 15 years ago, Somtow Sucharitkul made a promise to Princess Galyani Vadhana that he would endeavour to conduct all of the Mahler symphonies in Bangkok. He now has only Mahler's Symphony No. 2 left to perform. The last work put on at the Thailand Cultural Centre was Symphony Of A Thousand: The Eighth Symphony.
» Since Oct 14, one day after the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the sounds of conch shells, bugles, pipes and drum beats, followed by the melancholic tones of classical music, have been heard from the Grand Palace six times a day. Each session lasts about 15 minutes and often makes many mourners nationwide burst into tears. This royal tradition is called prakhom yumyam.
Published on 07/01/2015
» For the year-end festivity, I treated myself to the Opera Siam production of Mozart's “Die Zauberflöte”, “The Magic Flute”, directed by Somtow Sucharitkul, at the Thailand Cultural Center, which took place at three evenings before the new year. The Siam Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Trisdee Na Patalung provided its usual excellent support for the performers: a mix of Thai and International. Support was provided by a number of local organisations, with the BMA sponsoring the last performance, providing free tickets for senior citizens - and not only Thai.
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