On The Auspicious Occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother’s Birthday

“The Queen Mother Concert”

Saturday 15 August 2020

Venue: Thailand Cultural Centre, Main Hall at 7.30pm

Conductor: Vanich Potavanich

Soloists: Apichai Leamthong, Cello


Borodin: Prince Igor Overture

Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major

Mussorgsky: Picture at an Exhibition (Orchestrated by Ravel)


The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya together with Department of Cultural Promotion, Ministry of Culture and Tourism Authority of Thailand with the support of B.Grimm, BDMS, Muang Thai Insurance and SCG Foundation is looking forward to another night of beautiful music in celebration of the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother’s birthday on August 12. The concert, entitled Queen Mother Concert, will be held on August 15, 2020 at the Main Hall of the Thailand Cultural Center.

HRH Queen Sirikit has long been a supporter of music and the arts in Thailand and around the world. HRH’s love of music started at a young age. After her father was appointed Ambassador to the UK and France, she continued her studies in Europe with a focus on music and languages. She was such a talented musician that at one point, she considered becoming a concert pianist herself. Music runs in the family, King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, was an accomplished and passionate musician in his own right as is her granddaughter, the current patron of the RBSO. Despite her love of music, when once asked by an American journalist what her hobby was, the Queen Mother replied, “Looking after my children.” The RBSO is honored to perform this concert for Queen Sirikit, the mother of Thailand, in celebration of her birthday and Mother’s Day.

The program for the evening includes three carefully chosen pieces which will certainly showcase the talents of the RBSO on this auspicious occasion. On the podium for the evening will be Dr. Vanich Potavanich, Director of the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation and RBSO Resident Conductor. In addition, solo cellist Apichai Leamthong will be perform. Mr. Leamthong is one of the founding members of the Bangkok String Quartet and has been featured by orchestras around the world.

The first piece of the performance is Russian Romantic composer Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture. Interestingly, Borodin’s primary occupation was as a chemist and doctor, founding the School of Medicine for Women in St. Petersburg. It is well known that Queen Sirikit is a dedicated supporter of breast cancer awareness and other women’s health issues in Thailand. Borodin’s overture is quite popular among modern audiences.

The next piece is Josef Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1 in C major which will feature Mr. Leamthong as the soloist. Haydn is one of the most prolific composers of his time with 104 symphonies, 83 quartets, 16 operas, plus countless divertimenti, sonatas, duos, trios, masses, oratorios, Te Deums and cantatas to his credit. He was a professional in the highest sense of the word.

The concert will close with Modést Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a beautifully diverse piece which flows like a Russian storyline, one of Mussorgsky’s perpetual themes. He was considered an innovator in Russian music and sought to establish a uniquely Russian musical identity.

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50% discounts for students and seniors


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