Voices raised in celebration

music May 29, 2018 13:45

By The Nation

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The Italian embassy in Bangkok celebrates National Day this Saturday (June 2) with a concert by the Bangkok Music Society Choir who will perform “I Grandi Maestri: A walk through the centuries of Italian Composers” at Chulalongkorn University’s Music Hall starting at 7pm.

The concert, which falls within the framework of the Italian Festival in Thailand 2018, will see the choir accompanied by the Immanuel String Orchestra performing one of Vivaldi’s most renowned pieces, “Gloria”, followed by the chorus from popular Italian operas including “The Humming Chorus” from “Madama Butterfly” and “Va, pensiero” from “Nabucco”.

The Bangkok Music Society is one of the oldest groups in Thailand and has provided musical opportunities to people living in Bangkok for more than 40 years. It was established by one of Thailand’s foremost architects, Amnad Khitapanna – himself an accomplished singer and pianist – to promote classical music of all genres. The BMS Choir was launched in 1991 and has performed some of the world’s most beautiful music to audiences across the city. Open to singers of all abilities and nationalities, the Choir prepares three major concerts per season (August to June) with several smaller and more intimate gigs for charities and its sponsors. The guiding principles of the choir haven’t changed in 26 years with a continued emphasis on enthusiasm and commitment. Through the BMS, the Choir has formed strong links with the Immanuel String Orchestra as well as the musical ensembles of Silpakorn and Mahidol Universities. The choir has performed several concerts with these excellent groups, notably Vivaldi’s “Gloria” in December 2016 and a concert dedicated to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, where they performed Mozart’s “Requiem in D Minor”.

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