Dr. Pawasut Piriyapongrat In this week's column I'm pleased to introduce Dr. Pawasut Piriyapongrat, a professor of music at Chulalongkorn University and Thailand's premier choral conductor.  I've been privileged to attend several of her concerts and have always been more than impressed.  When she offered to put a few photos together with a narrative I gladly accepted.  I hope you enjoy her input as much as I do.

 

I have been meaning to send pictures from my concert for a while but have not had time to do it until it has been well over a month.  Pictures I am sending here are taken by Susunt Pattaratammas, my Thai friend who is an amateur photographer with quite expensive gear.  He bought his Canon 5D Mark II in June and used it for my June concert for the first time.  Back then he was still playing with the camera and see what it does.  My concert was his guinea pig!  

These pictures he took in our concert in late October look much nicer so I think I would show you and your audience some of them.  We, Chulalongkorn University Symphony Orchestra and Choir, were performing Thailand premiere of a great choral work Dona nobis pacem, composed by a great English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams.  It was a great experience for all of us.

 

Chulalongkorn Universiry Choir

University seal in the back of the stage

 

Chulalongkorn Choir takes a breather

What singers concerned the most!

 

Chulalongkorn University Symphony Orchestra and Choir

One hundred singers in the choir warming up before the concert

 

Dr. Pawasut Piriyapongrat

Conductor looking all mean making sure all the singers are there and ready to go

 

Music sheets and instruments

More timpanis than what are conventionally used

 

Suvipa Prompiriya, a very promising soprano soloist.  She’s a third year student at Chulalongkorn University.

Suvipa Prompiriya, a very promising soprano soloist.  She’s a third year student at Chulalongkorn University.

 

Our baritone soloist, Manit Thuwassethakul, in front of 170 musicians and singers

Our baritone soloist, Manit Thuwassethakul, in front of 170 musicians and singers

 

Taken from balcony

Taken from balcony

 

Dr. Pawasut Piriyapongrat

 

Dr. Pawasut Piriyapongrat

 

Thailand best choral conductor Dr. Pawasut Piriyapongrat

 

Singing in progress

Action Shots

 

Dr. Piriyapongrat -

I want to thank you for sharing this concert with our readership.  This bordered on the right size for a readers submission but I decided to make it a feature because frankly we don't get much material from Thai readers, much less someone so accomplished.  Thank you.

Steve