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“The Glorious Kingdom” On the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King’s Birthday 28 July 2021

Compositions by the finest Thai composers are presented here in celebration of the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King of Thailand’s Birthday. Much admired musician Admiral ML. Usni Pramoj was a ‘founding-father’ of Western music in Thailand, influential on all that have followed in his footsteps as pedagogue, performer, and composer. First performed in 1986 by the ASEAN Youth Orchestra, Sri Praj is a musical portrait of the famed poet of old Ayadhya, who was appointed Court Poet by King Narai due to his remarkable genius. The talented younger generations are represented here by Narong Prangcharoen’s colourful Illuminations and Vanich Potavanich’s Suriya from his Devas Suite. The former was commissioned for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics ceremony, whilst the latter takes as its theme the Hindu God of the Sun, considered by the religion as the creator of the universe and the source of all life. Narongrit Dhamabutra’s compositions have been championed many times by the RBSO over decades. His latest opus, Symphony No. 9 - The Glorious Kingdom, is a mighty forty-three minute symphonic poem commissioned specifically for this occasion. Unfolding majestically over four sections without a pause, it portrays distinct areas of Thailand with the ingenious use of regional folk melody – The Hilly Terrain (Northern); The Fertile Basin (North Eastern); The Golden Peninsula (Southern); The Great Plain (Grand Palace and Bangkok). To magnify and enhance the geographical associations through multi-media, stunning visual images of notable landmarks will be projected throughout the performance.

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Compositions by the finest Thai composers are presented here in celebration of the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King of Thailand’s Birthday. Much admired musician Admiral ML. Usni Pramoj was a ‘founding-father’ of Western music in Thailand, influential on all that have followed in his footsteps as pedagogue, performer, and composer. First performed in 1986 by the ASEAN Youth Orchestra, Sri Praj is a musical portrait of the famed poet of old Ayadhya, who was appointed Court Poet by King Narai due to his remarkable genius. The talented younger generations are represented here by Narong Prangcharoen’s colourful Illuminations and Vanich Potavanich’s Suriya from his Devas Suite. The former was commissioned for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics ceremony, whilst the latter takes as its theme the Hindu God of the Sun, considered by the religion as the creator of the universe and the source of all life. Narongrit Dhamabutra’s compositions have been championed many times by the RBSO over decades. His latest opus, Symphony No. 9 - The Glorious Kingdom, is a mighty forty-three minute symphonic poem commissioned specifically for this occasion. Unfolding majestically over four sections without a pause, it portrays distinct areas of Thailand with the ingenious use of regional folk melody – The Hilly Terrain (Northern); The Fertile Basin (North Eastern); The Golden Peninsula (Southern); The Great Plain (Grand Palace and Bangkok). To magnify and enhance the geographical associations through multi-media, stunning visual images of notable landmarks will be projected throughout the performance.

Date

17 July 2021

Time

7:30 PM

Venue

Thailand Cultural Centre, Main Hall

Orchestra

RBSO

Conductor

Michel Tilkin

Programme

Admiral ML. Usni Pramoj: Sri Praj
Narong Prangcharoen: Illuminations
Vanich Potavanich: “Suriya” from Devas Suite
Narongrit Dhamabutra: Symphony “The Glorious Kingdom”

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