Mendelssohn Double Concerto

On Thursday  night I attended a concert in the Pa Sak Luang Room of the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel. The concert was by the Chiang Mai Symphony Orchestra which is part of the Chiang Mai Youth Philarmonic Band. Members are made up of youth from schools in and around Chiang Mai.

The beautiful room was quite large and the orchestra performed from a specially built stage. Unfortunately the air conditioning was a bit noisy.

A large audience containing many Thais supported the performance.

The programme for first part of the concert was concertos by Antonio Vivaldi and Felix Mendelssohn.

The first was Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto in D Major, No, 10, No 3, RV 428 with soloist Xavier Vichitporn who is also a member of The Chiang Mai Ensemble.

Senond was the Mendelssohn’s Double Cncerto in D Minor with distinguished North American soloists, Rebecca Hunter (violin) and Lynn Kompass (piano).

After interval the orchestra played some contemporary music and Thai traditional music and finished the evening with a not so rousing Radetzky March. This is better.

Four young conductors shared duties.

I  enjoyed the evening. While I normally love to watch young people making music I though their performance was very conservative and lacking the enthusiasm usually associated with youth.


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