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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.

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