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Mahidol Raises Shostakovich from the Dead

On Saturday, the Thailand Philharmonic gave a visceral reading of the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, by Dmitry Shostakovich under the baton of Principal Guest Conductor Claude Villaret. One of the regrets of expatriate life in Southeast Asia is being far away from the art and culture of Vienna, Berlin, Prague or…

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Czechs in Bangkok Continued: Leoš Janáček

The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra delivered two of Leoš Janáček's most beloved compositions -- Taras Bulba and Sinfonietta -- on Saturday, February 17, in the Prince Mahidol Hall. The reinforced brass section in the Sinfonietta pulled out all the stops to give a shower of stentorian fanfares and sonorous flourishes, reflecting Janáček's dedication of the piece…

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Strašil and Dvořák: Czechs in Bangkok

The flourishing Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra recently performed a standout concert in Prince Mahidol Hall. Last Saturday's program featured Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor and Dvořák's New World Symphony, all under the direction of the Icelandic conductor Gudni A. Emilsson. The centerpiece of the concert was Tomáš Strašil's delicate reading of Schumann's late…

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Madrigals, Madness, and Murder (Expanded)

Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo pursued a lavish love life, enjoyed pain and got away with murder. A brave, pioneering performance of his madrigals mounted in Thailand for the first time by Somtow Sucharitkul and Opera Siam challenged the sensibilities of a nearly sold-out auditorium at the Thailand Cultural Center on Wednesday, January 17. The event…

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Covid-19 Pandemic

We are sorry to inform our members and friends that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the activities of the CTS are suspended until further notice. We hope you are all well and hope to see you soon once the situation normalizes.

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