Villa Darakorn and it’s botanical garden were built 24 years ago by Khun Saewt Piamphongsant, a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. He was an enthusiastic garden lover who. during his lifetime, collected flowering plants and exotic plant species from all over the world and planted them at this private botanical garden.
The Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra performed. Players are drawn from schools in the area and their ages range from 12 to 18. Le Petit Band consists of the younger kids aged 6 to 12. They practise every Sunday for their 7 minutes of fame at the concert.
The Silapakorn Repertory Wind Ensemble, led by, oboist, Damri Banavithayakit, gave a special guest performance at the concert.
The theme this year was “Magic Beam”, named after one of compositions of H.M. The King. The concert featured two guest conductors – the rising Singaporean star, Kah Chun Wong, now residing in Berlin and Damri Banavitaykit (Principal obist and guest conductow of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra) – alongside CYO’s Music Director and conductor, Pramet Lertkasem.
Along list of guest artists included Damri Banavitayakit (oboist), Daniel Hudson (English violinist), Daniel Riley (trombonist), Nutapon Wanvinyou, Vanisa Busakorn, and Malakul Na Ayughya’ (all vocalists). A very talented group.
The first half of the concert consisted classical pieces (including a spirited version of Brahm’s Hungarian Dance No. 5) and after intermission the orchestra played lighter songs, mainly with vocalists.
The second last item was a beautiful Thai New year Greeting Song applied from a Thailand traditional song arranged by His Majesty the King. A YouTube version is embedded.
The last item was the compulsory Radesky March, with hand clapping led by conductor Wong. The embedded video is from a previous concert where the conductor leaves the stage and leaves the orchestra to conclude.
An audience of 200 – 300 people enjoyed fantastic evening of entertainment.