Bangkok Opera Foundation with the generous cooperation of

Ministry of Culture • Office of Contemporary Art and Culture

Siam Commercial Bank • PeopleServe Asia •




SOMTOW SUCHARITKUL, music director


Wagner: Prelude to Tristan and Isolde

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1


Brahms: Symphony No. 3

September 8 at 8 pm • Thailand Cultural Center (Main Hall)

This is a programme of some of the most famed and popular masterpieces of the romantic era.

22-year-old Nadanai Laohakunakorn, brilliant young Thai pianist and Cambridge music scholar, first performed the concerto as a teenager in England. His CD of "Die schöne Mullerin" with singer Harry Sever received rave reviews in England and prompted Sir Charles Mackerras to say, "Nadanai … plays with professional maturity." Roger Norrington called the recording "a remarkable achievement." Nadanai performs frequently in the U.S. and London but this is his Thailand concerto debut.

He has just taken on the position of assistant conductor of the Bangkok Opera.

After its successes with Thailand premieres of Mahler symphonies, Siam Philharmonic Orchestra returns with a populist programme. Brahms’ Third Symphony provided the theme song for the romantic film classic "Aimez-vous Brahms?" while the Tchaikovsky concerto is perhaps the world’s most popular piano concerto even though it is not performed that often in Thailand.

Somtow Sucharitkul’s recent Thai premiere of Mahler’s Third Symphony was praised by Montreal critic Robert Markow thus: "Somtow instilled in his forces the very essence of Mahler’s great hymn to nature and mankind, leading them with a sure sense of pacing and keen attention to the myriad instructional details in the score …  almost continuous flow of magical moments … he is a one-man music factory."

The Siam Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 2002 as the MIFA Sinfonietta, was created as an orchestra that would go back to basics and come to terms with the entirety of the standard repertoire, much of which has never been played in Thailand.  It has garnered international attention and support for its ambitious program to play all the Mahler Symphonies by 2013 and for its attention to challenging works. 

Tickets at user-friendly prices: 1000, 500 and 200 baht.  The usual discounts for students and senior citizens.

Available from (02) 262-3456.  Or send an email to K. Ratana, or call her during business hours, (02) 231-5273.  Also avaiable at the door.


งานคอนเสิร์ตสุดยอดเพลงรักแห่งยุคโรแมนติกจะมีวันนี้แล้วนะครับ การแสดงเริ่มตั้งแต่ ๒ ทุ่ม ที่หอประชุมใหญ่ ศูนย์วัฒนธรรมแห่งประเทศไทย รัชดา ท่านที่สนใจบัตรมีจำหน่ายหน้างานที่ราคา ๑๐๐๐ ๕๐๐ และ ๒๐๐ บาท ราคาลดครึ่งนึงสำหรับนักเรียนนักศึกษา และผู้สูงอายุ


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