TPO to make hot music in three ways

Delta David Gier and Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. Mahidol University's College of Music

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra will present three composers from wildly different backgrounds who share the goals of combining musical styles into a fresh and individual voice in the next concert at Mahidol University's Prince Mahidol Hall, Salaya campus, tomorrow at 7pm and Saturday at 4pm.

Chinnawat Themkumkwun. photos courtesy of Mahidol University's College of Music

Entitled "Rhymes Of Fire", the concert will feature Chen Yi's Rhyme Of Fire, commissioned by the BBC to celebrate the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. The Chinese-American composer has developed a unique voice of blending abstract contemporary sounds with the language of classical Chinese opera. The repertoire includes Concierto Del Sur written by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce for the great Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia in 1942. Much of Ponce's music springs from the music of Mexico and Spain, and he used elements of native, folk and popular music. This piece is an excellent example of his charming and inventive compositions.

Performing the guitar concerto will be Chinnawat Themkumkwun, winner of last year's Taiwan International Guitar Competition. Considered among the most brilliant Thai instrumentalists from his generation, the 23-year-old talent brings a unique expressivity to his performances. In the symphonic work on the programme, Delta David Gier will conduct the orchestra in Robert Schumann's exuberant Symphony No.3, Op 97. Schumann was a musical experimentalist whose compositions combined conservative methods with the exuberant passion of Romanticism. His third symphony is an imaginative homage to the Rhineland region of Germany.

Tickets cost 300 and 500 baht (100 baht for students up to bachelor's degree). Visit or call 02-849-6565/6 ext 6603 and 6609.



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