7th Annual Silpakorn Summer Music School

Okay, you can’t say we didn’t tell you in time!

On 9 April 2011 there will be a full-scale symphony orchestra concert at the Dusit Thani Resort north of the airport, featuring the first-ever performance in Thailand of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major (aka The Titan Symphony), under the baton of Hikotaro Yazaki.

The concert is the culminating event of the 7th annual Silpakorn Summer Music School, which has been held for each of the last several years at the Silpakorn University’s Cha-am campus just off the bypass road. This is a prestigious 10-day ‘master class’ which I’m afraid has up to now gone rather unnoticed locally. But we can fix that.

The school itself will run from 1 April to 10 April. Enrollment is by competitiveĀ  audition, with several hundred music students, serious amateurs, and even professional musicians vying for a maximum of 120 seats. These ‘best of the best’ of upcoming classical musicians spend their 10 days at the campus studying and practicing in sections leading up to the stunning finale concert at the Dusit, which is repeated again following day in Bangkok.

Note that enrollment in this program is not restricted to Thai nationals. Anyone can apply and audition, and acceptance is purely based on merit. So, if these are classical players out there who feel you might qualify, the call is out now! Simply go to the Silpakorn Music Faculty at http://www.music.su.ac.th and download the application.Auditions will take place in January.

Besides the Mahler Symphony, the 9 April concert will feature an original composition by the winner of the 7th SSMS Composition Contest, as well as a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concert in A Major ( K.488). The soloist will be the winner of the Piano Concerto Composition that is also part of the Summer Music School. If last years performance is any indication, it will be stunning.

In addition to the symphony concert, there will be a program of various Chamber Music Ensembles, also at the Dusit on 6 April. All the performances are free of charge. Starting times have not yet been set, but we will be sure to remind you when the time comes. This is simply a remarkable program which we are highly privileged to be able to enjoy here in our city.

It’s still a ways away, but definitely something to put it on your calendar for the coming year.

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