Last night the Silpakorn University Brass Ensemble performed for The Friends of Music Making in Chiang Mai at Krua Siam Restaurant in San Sai. The ensemble was led by Lertkiat Chongjiajitra, a principal trumpet with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. He founded the ensemble in 1999.
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The venue was an open sided building with a high ceiling which seemed ideal for the brass quintet. A heavy rainstorm just before the concert did not mar proceedings. It was still raining lightly as I drove home.
The Ensemble played a classical repertoire as well as other lighter pieces. Their enthusiastic attitude was very refreshing and I appreciated the insight they gave into what they were playing, in Thai and English. Their introductory item, The Prince of Denmark’s March , by Clarke, set the tone for a great evening of music. They played amongst other items, a moving rendition of Danny Boy, and finished the programme with a suite of music from Porgy and Bess.
I dined with a few other members of the Friends group at the restaurant before the concert. Unfortunately they did not have wine, only beer! The restaurant venue was quite a way out of town, a few kilometers north of Ring Road 3.
In the first video below ,Silpakorn University Brass Quintet performs during a Southern Concert Tour (October-November 2011). Lertkiat and Sasis on Trumpets, Navi on Horn, Nath on Trombone and Poumpak on Tuba.
The second video is another version of The Prince of Denmark’s March.