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    RBSO indulges in central European warmth

    Life, Published on 09/03/2018

    » 'German Romantics" was the theme of the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra's latest concert at the Thailand Cultural Centre on the last day of February, called the "Suzuki Plays Mendelssohn Violin Concerto".

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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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    Tremendous trombone

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 30/01/2018

    » 'Never look directly at a trombone player," said the great composer Richard Strauss. "It only encourages them." Then again, the German composer was hardly being honest about an instrument which Felix Mendelssohn called "the most sacred and noble instrument in the orchestra".

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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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The music of James Bond

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 02/11/2017

    » If you want to win a sure-fire bet, just ask any moviegoer, any fan of the James Bond films: "Who composed the theme that goes through every single James Bond movie? The one that goes dum di-di dum dum dum?

  • OPINION

    A modest, model life

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 16/10/2017

    » When I was a little girl, I loved fairy tales about a handsome prince and a beautiful princess falling in love and living happily ever after. In fairy tales, kings and queens live luxury lives in castles. That didn't happen in Thailand throughout the 89-year lifetime of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away last year.

  • OPINION

    Royal transition explains military's grip

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 13/10/2017

    » Hindsight will look back at Thailand's prolonged political interregnum after the military coup on 22 May 2014 with perplexity and astonishment. It will be remembered as a time of junta rule in a country that had overthrown military dictatorships repeatedly in 1973 and 1992. This time, the self-styled strongman from the barracks was Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, who would end up in office for longer than most elected leaders before him. There will be many questions and criticisms of Gen Prayut's tenure and rule but undergirding them will be his unrivalled role a year ago today, on 13 Oct 2016, with the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The consequent royal transition is likely to be viewed in posterity as the principal reason why the Thai people have had to put up with Gen Prayut.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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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    Magisterial, Yet intimate

    Life, Published on 25/07/2017

    » To celebrate the auspicious occasion of His Majesty King Mahavajiralongkorn's 65th birthday this Friday, the "Royal Celebration Concert" earlier this month by Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra at Thailand Cultural Centre attracted an enthusiastic audience for an evening which ranged from moments of intimacy to outpourings of brilliance.

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    Soulful, sad, but celebratory

    Life, Tretip Kamolsiri, Published on 11/07/2017

    » Chulalongkorn University Symphony Orchestra expressed the university's deepest gratitude to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej with the remarkable concert "In Praise Of The Musical King". Through the music that signified heartfelt compassion to the late king for his contribution, troops of musicians devoted the afternoon programme on July 2 to remember his kindness. Behind the meaningful music, the performance also symbolised and expressed the sorrow for the country's great loss after the king's passing last October.

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