In Loving Memory of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana
Department of Cultural Promotion and Opera Siam present:
Thailand Cultural Center
Wednesday, September 10
at 8 pm
For tickets see below
Somtow once promised HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana that one day, Thai orchestras would be able to play the complete symphonies of Gustav Mahler. Of the 11 symphonies, 9 have now been performed in Somtow's massive Mahler project, with only two remaining: The Resurrection Symphony (No. 2) and "Das Lied von der Erde", The Song of the Earth (between No. 8 and No. 9, unnumbered.)
The fear of the "curse of No. 9" prevented Mahler from numbering this, which is chronologically his ninth symphony, and is also a fusion of Mahler's two greatest achievements, the symphony and the orchestral song. The work strings together poems of the great Chinese poet Li Po in a German translation (or perhaps 'reinterpretation') and is a stunning evocation of the seasons, of the joy and pain of life and the bittersweet longing of death. This "unnumbered" symphony is considered by some to be the greatest Mahler symphony of all.
The Siam Philharmonic Orchestra led by its permanent guest concertmaster Vilmos Olah, with mezzo soprano Grace Echauri and tenor Javier Agulló, are conducted by Somtow Sucharitkul. Somtow is one of Asia's premier interpreters of the Mahler symphonies, favorably reviewed in publications world-wide. He has conducted Mahler in many international music centers like Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Hong Kong, the Czech Republic, and the United States. Of his interpretation of Mahler, the French conductor Chaslin once said, "I never knew that a non-Jew could interpret Mahler so perfectly."
You need not pay to come to this concert, but apart from seed money from the Department of Cultural Promotion the Mahler Project is funded entirely by audience donations at the door and through social media.
Special VIP seats are reserved for members of "Gustav's Angels", who donated 5,000 baht or more to the project. Gustav's Angels members receive many other special perks. Gustav's Angels is a world wide club whose members include conductors, professors, and music lovers from four continents.
Special premium seats are also reserved for those who make a donation of 1,000 baht or more to help make the concert possible.
If you are unable to donate, you are absolutely still welcome to attend the concert. The Mahler series is a public service, and your seat is subsidized by those who do choose to contribute.
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