Zubin Mehta led the Israel Philharmonic in a magical evening of music with the Grand Palace as his backdrop
After thrilling classical music fans with his extravaganza outdoor performance at the Forbidden City in Beijing in 1999, maestro Zubin Mehta scored another first earlier this month, conducting the Israel Philharmonic for 2,000 invitation-only guests with the Grand Palace as his backdrop.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the spectacular concert.
Continuing the celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen's 80th birthday, Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music was responsible for bringing Mehta back to Bangkok.
The orchestra performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s Overture Leonore No 3 from “Fidelio”, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for violin, viola and orchestra and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol”. After a short intermission, they played Brahms’ “Symphony No 1 in C minor” and Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony”.
VIP guests included the Queen’s secretary Thanpuying Jarungjit Thikara, Dr Chirayu and Thanpuying Oranuch Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya and Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand Suraphon Svetasreni and his wife Kannikar.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand and Siam Cement Group presented the concert, with support from Bangkok Bank, B Grimm, Bangkok Hospital, Dusit Thani, Nation Multimedia, Mercedes-Benz, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, PM Group and Singha Corp.
A DVD of the historical performance is scheduled for release in the near future.
For more information, www.BangkokFestivals.com.