Grand Christmas Spectacular


The Concert Poster

Last night we attended the Grand Christmas Spectular of the expats club. at the River Market Restaurant. A very flash name  but it was a most enjoyable evening.


Before the Concert

It was a festive concert featuring the Bangkok Brass Quintet, with program introductions by JP Kirkland, a localmusicologist.
Lertkiat Chongjirajitra, trumpet and leader, is currently a member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra after serving in the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra for 21 years. He has taught in almost every continent including the USA, Japan and Europe. He has appeared as soloist in many kinds of ensemble as well as chamber music all around the world. Apart from teaching and making music, he loves photography.
Alongkorn Kamonngam, trumpet, is currently a member of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Siam Philharmonic and many more ensembles in Bangkok. He is also a trumpet instructor at Silpakorn University Faculty of Music.
Supreeti Ansvananda, horn, is currently a principal horn of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and Siam Philharmonic Orchestra, former member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. He has also been on the horn faculty at Silpakorn University since 2013.
Jirapat Praeprasert, euphonium and trombone, is a member of The Green Brass Band and euphonium instructor of Kasetsart University, Silpakorn University and Thai Royal Navy Music Division. Now he is currently enrolled in the Master degree program in the Mahidol University College of music.
Teerapat Dacha, tuba, is a principal Tuba of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and Siam Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a tuba instructor at Rungsit University and Mahasarakarm University. He has just graduated from National University of Singapore a year ago.
Clarke/Mills: Prince of Denmark’s March
Mahler/Stanton: Blumine from Mahler 1st Symphony
Anonymous/King: Sonata from Bankelsangerlieder
Scheidt/Mills: Galliard Battaglia
Tchaikovsky/Lertkiat: Danse Napolitan
Scheidt/De-Jong: Canzona Bergamasca
Henley and Silbar/Lertkiat: The Wind Beneath My Wings
Morricone/Lertkiat: Theme from Cinema Paradiso
Gershwin/Lertkiat: Bess, you is my woman now
Traditional/Dante: The Little Drummer Boy
Martin/Lertkiat: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Berlin/Lertkiat: White Christmas
Traditional/Lertkiat: Silent Night
Traditional/Holcombet: Deck the Halls
Traditional/Dante: A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

After the program,we enjoyed hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar on the lawn by the river.


The Brass Quintet with Nancy, Expats President and JP Musicologist


During the Concert

American Ensemble


Phillip O. Paglialonga


The Ensemble

Last night I attended a concert by an American Ensemble at CRK Recital Hall,Payap University, Kaew Nawarat Campus featuring Nicole Paglialonga (violin) Phillip O. Paglialonga (clarinet) and Tracy Cowden (Piano). All musicians are associated wih unversities in the U.S.A.

The concert featured 20th and 21st Century compositions as below,


Robert Muczynsk

Time Pieces, Op. 43 – Robert Muczynski (1929- 2010)

Capricious Variations – Daniel Perttu (b. 1979)

Four Souvenirs – Paul Schoenfield (b. 1947)

Imprint – Todd Goodmam (b. 1977)

Slang – Libby Larsen –  (b. 1950)

All a bit too modern for me, although the second half of the programme was a bit more enjoyable.

The embedded video of “Four Souvenirs” by Paul Schoenfield: Samba, Tango, Tin Pan Alley, Square Dance at least had melody!.



Phillip O. Paglialonga (clarinet) and Tracy Cowden (Piano}


Nicole Paglialonga



Trumpet Concert – Dr. Phil Norris

Last night I attended a concert at the CRK Recital Hall of the Payap University, Narawat Campus The guest artist was trumpet player Dr. Phil Norris, from the University of Northwestern, Minnesota. He was assisted by pianist David Wilson.

Many compositions were by Phil Norris himself, and he gave interestng narrations between each item.

The short programme consisted of,

 J. Stanley : Trumpet Voluntary

Phil Norris : Recessional No 1

E. Ewazen : Sonata for Trumpet,  2 nd Movement  

Herbert Clarke : The Maid of the Mist 

Daniel Kollman : Sonata for Trumpet ,1st Movement

E. Ewazen : Impressions on Come  Peach Blossoms are Blooming

Phil Norris : Recessional No 4

Phil Norri : Shen ai shiren

A pleasant well attended recital.

Phil Norris During Performance

David Wilso & Phil Norris


In the video, Wynton Marsalis, plays  Stanley ‘s Trumpet Voluntary


Beethoven – 3 Great Sonatas

Atsuko Seta

Atsuko Seta, a Japanese international pianst, associated with the Payap University, played three great Beethoven sonatas last night.

The concert grand piano, believed to be one of only two in Chiang Mai, was set up in the elegant surroundings of the 6th floor Lobby of the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel.The piano was described by Atsuko as “the best in Chiang Mai”

The 3 Sonatas were , The Pathetique in C-minor Op13,The Moonlight in C-sharp minor Op27, and The Appassionata in F-minor Op57. It was a wonderful evening of beautiful music.

During the Performance

Sue S. Som

Atsuko has great stage presence and a bright personality. When some audience members, inappropriately started clapping after the first movement of The Pathetique, she graciously acknowledged them.

At the concert I sat next to a young Thai girl (Sue), who is a fan of Beethoven music, and her mother. She is also interested in art. Have a look at her Facebook page. Her English was excellent.

.After the concert, I went to a bar in Haew Kaew Road for a few drinks. Later while waiting on the footpath for a tuk tuk to take me home, a car pulled up beside me. It was Atsuka! She kindly offered me a lift home and drove me to my appartment block in Green Hill 2. That’s what I call customer service. She told me that i August next year the Chiang Mai Symphony Orchestra would be performing Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and on the same programme she will be the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto 5 (The Emperor).

It was a memorable evening. The cost for the magnificent concert in elegant surroundings was 300 baht (A$10.50) and reminded me once again how wonderful it is to live in Chiang Mai.

In the video, Yundi Li plays the 2nd Movement from the Pathetique Sonata



Piano Recital – Roberto Villa

Last night at the AUA Aditorium, a piano recital was presented by Roberto Villa.The programme and his picture and biograohy are on the left and right. Click on both to enlarge.I personally did not enjoy his choice of music, but each to his own, I guess.

A large auaience attended. I did not recognise all that many people, so I suspect he was supported by his friends and restaurant patrons.

Darunee & Roberto at their Restaurant

Jan Vevers Introduces Roberto

Roberto and his wife Darunee have a restaurant, Locanda, in Doi Saket.

Roberto Takes a Bow


Beethoven’s Symphony No.9

On Saturday night at the impressive Kad Theatre,The College of Music, Payap University,The Chiangmai  Symphony Orchestra, and the Payap Choir, presented Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 ”The Choral Symphony” . The concert was part of Payap’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, and included a song especially written for the occasion.

Chaipruck Mekara

Ayu Namtep

The orchestra was conducted by the popular Chaipruck Mekara and the choir director was the equally popular Ayu Namtep. Soloists for the choral finale were,
Kingkarn Uprajong: Soprano
Naprang Manator: Alto
Rungsun Poonsup: Tenor
Tarit Phonjarernrat: Baritone

This wonderfu concert was a credit to Chiang Mai and all concerned. It was a huge undertaking for a city of this size. The performers were drawn from uviversities and schools throughout northern Thailand.


Subito Trio Ad Libitium Concert

Last night I planned to attend the Ad Libitium concert of the  Subito Trio, at the CRK auditorium of the Kaew Nawarat Campus, of Payap University. The Trio is comprised of Natnaree Suwanpotipra: Piano,Sakkan Sarasap: Violin, and
Arnik Vephasayanant: Cello.

When I was about to leave the apartment, it looked like rain. I don’t like driving at night much so I decided to give the concert a miss. I had this blog already written in anticipation of my attendance, so I decided to publish it anyway.

All the Trio’s members have studied at the Chopin Music University in Warsaw and they have performed in many of Poland’s most prestigious philharmonic and concert halls.

Although each of the Trio’s members each have very intensive musical career away from ensemble, and live far apart, they regularly keep their passion and pleasure in making music together.

Debussy: Estampes L.100
– Pagodes
– La Soirée Dans Grenade
– Jardins Sous La Pluie
Kodaly: Duo for Violin and Cello Op. 7, 1st Movement
Beethoven: Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 3, 1st Movement


Bach: Double Concerto for 2 Violins, 2nd Movement
Piazzolla: Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (Four Seasons)
– Verano (Summer)
– Otoño (Autumn)
– Invierno (Winter)
– Primavera (Spring)

Violin and Piano Duo Recital

John Lindsey

Shuenda Wong

Last night at the AUA Auditorium in Rachadamneon Road, D & M Music Studio presented a Violin and Piano Duo Recital by Violinist John Lindsey and Pianist Shuenda Wong.

Their bios from the programme notes are below,

John Lindsey is SUNY Distinguished Service Professor on the violin faculty at the Crane School of Music since 1981. In 2003 he was awarded the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mr. Lindsey is in great demand as a concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, violin teacher, and chamber music coach. He has been the Concertmaster of the Orchestra of Northern New York for the past 25 years. Mr. Lindsey has appeared in solo recitals in many locations. Among them are New York City’s Carnegie Recital Hall (twice) and The Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center (five times) as well as in Boston, Montreal, Dallas, and in Chicago on the Dame Myra Hess Series at the Chicago Public Library. Professor Lindsey has presented master classes in numerous locations for many years..

In 2008, Mr. Lindsey and his wife Amornrat founded the Thailand Chamber Music Festival, which was held in Thailand during the winter holiday season.


Malaysian born, Shuenda Wong studied at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK,  where he gained a Masters in Piano Performance. He has performed extensively across Asia and Europe and won many Prizes and awards at international and national piano competitions.

In demand as an adjudicator in piano competitions in and by invitation from Trinity Guildhall, Shuenda gives regular seminars across the country and the ASEAN region. His students have won many prizes as well aided by a teaching philosophy based on his training as a concert pianist – which places an emphasis on technique as an integral part of musical expression, communication and personality in music performance, and strong stylistic awareness and artistry.



Sonata in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1             Ludwig van Beethoven      (all 3 Movements)

Meditation from Thaïs                             Jules Massenet

Variations on a Theme by Corelli            Giuseppe Tartini (Solo Violin only)

Ashoken Farewell                                   Jay Ungar (Solo Violin only)

Mazurka                                                  Emil Mlynarski

Playera                                                    Pablo de Sarasate

Giga                                                        Johann Sebastian Bach (Solo Violin only)

Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100                  Antonin Dvorak    (all 4 movements)

The well constructed programme was a repeat of a concert held in Bangkok on 01 August and Hua Hin a couple of days later. These were accomplished musicians. Their rendition of the beautiful “Meditation”, from the otherwise boring opera, “Thais”, was played with great sensitivity and was a delight.

Before each item on the programme, John gave a brief background to the music, which added to the understanding and appreciation of the music.

Shuenda & John Taking a Bow


John Chatting with a Member of the Audience


In the embedded YouTube, Itzhak Perlman plays Meditation, live at the Lincoln Center in September 2012

Piano Recital – Katarzyna Wieczorek

Katarzyna Wieczorek

Last night at the AUA Auditorium, in Ratchadamnern Road, D & M Music Studio presented  a Piano Recital by  Katarzyna Wieczorek.

The programme consisted of

Fr Chopin

Fr. Chopin

– 4 Mazurkas op.17
– Etudes no.8 op.10 and no 12 op.10 the “Revolutionary”
– Nocturne C sharp minor op.posthume
– Scherzo in b minor

W.A. Mozart- Rondo in D major

S. Rachmaninow – 1st mv from the 2nd Piano Sonata

G. Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

She played the same concert at the Goethe Institute in Bangkok on March 15 and at the British International School Phuket on 10 March.

Katarzyna During the Performance

The well constructed programme was played with much flair and ranged from the gentle Mozart rondo to the more boisterous Rachmaninow and a rousing version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Katarzyna’s bright personality shows through and she has a great stage presence.

The small but enthusiastic audience was rewarded with two encores!

Out of Germany, but Polish born, “pianist Katarzyna Wieczorek studied with Professor Matti Raekallio (of the Juilliard School in New York) at the University of Music and Drama in Hanover,  wherefrom she graduated with honours.

She has won many national and international competitions and participated in numerous master classes.
As a pianist she has performed at many festivals including the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Rheingau Festival, Braunschweig Classix Festival, Spanish Brass Festival and Bebersee Festival and given concerts in Europe, America, Asia and Antarctica.
She has worked with notable professors such as Ana Chumachenko, Wolfgang Boettcher and Krzysztof Wegrzyn and played chamber music with Janusz Wawrowski, Agata Szymczewska and Claudio Bohorquez.
Katarzyna Wieczorek is the official accompanist for such international competitions as the ARD Wettbewerb München, Aeolus Wettbewerb Düsseldorf, Buenos Aires International Violin Competition and Jeju Festival in South Korea She is the collaborative pianist at the University of Music and Drama in Hanover (since 2005) and Folwang School of Music in Essen (since 2009).

Paul Presents Flowers Katarzyna to after the Performance

Apart from classical works, Ms. Wieczorek also plays jazz and improvised music.”






On Tuesday night, The College of Music, Payap University presented a Guitar Recital  at CRK Recital Hall  Payap University Kaew Nawarat Campus by Kla Rerkkriangkrai. He titled the recital “My Music My Inspiration”

Augistin Barrios

The music ranged from Baroque (Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring) to contempory. While classical guitar is not my favourite music,  I particularly enjoyed Vais Op. 8 No. 4 by Paraguayan composer Augistin Barrios.

Kla During his Performance

Kla was born in Chiang Mai and started playing the guitar at the age of 10. He studied at the Prince Royal’s College here and more recently in the for a Bachelors degree in the Performance Programme of the College of Music at Payap University.

An appreciative audience enjoy the recital.

In the video Denis Azabagic plays the third movement from Agustin Barrios’ most well known work: La Catedral,