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  • Tom 8:26 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Dusit Thani Hotel, , Narathiwat Rajanakarin, , , restaurants, , shops, Silom, Silom Road, , , , traffic, walking street   

    Silom Road closes for stint as walking street; 55 shops participate 

    stretch of Silom Road

    A stretch of Silom Road, in the heart of the Thai capital’s business district, is closed to traffic Sunday from 10am to midnight to allow people to freely wander and shop in the area.

    More than 100,000 people are expected to roam the usually busy road as the stretch of it between the Sala Daeng intersection in front of the Dusit Thani Hotel and Narathiwat Rajanakarin intersection closed to traffic during the period for a distance of two kilometres. (More …)

  • Tom 8:11 pm on August 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Bangkok Opera, British opera, Cambridge, Chorus, , Heather Harper, Mahler, Mahler symphonies, , musician, philosophies, Raimond Heryncx, shops, , Siam Philharmonic Orchestra, symphonies,   

    Mahler in Thailand – then and now 

    classical music command central

    Everything happened in that room, from rehearsals of the brand new Chulalongkorn University Chorus to penetrating midnight discussions about the philosophies of post-serial music.

    One evening, I was looking through Ajarn Piya’s extensive LP collection when I discovered, unopened, the Mahler symphonies. You must understand that Ajarn Piya had a huge LP collection because he simply ordered everything that came out. He was more complete than any record shop in Thailand. What am I saying? There weren’t any such shops in Thailand, really.

    Being newly arrived from Cambridge, of course, I was a product of the 1960s Mahler revival. I had been living and breathing the Mahler symphonies for years, and had worn out all my own LPs; I’d just had the incredible experience of singing in Mahler’s “Eighth” in the Albert Hall with an astonishing array of soloists which were a sort of who’s who of British opera, from Heather Harper to Raimond Heryncx, in a concert which was David Willcocks’s farewell to Cambridge. So I cried out, “Look, look, Mahler, Mahler!” (More …)

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