Chiang Mai, 3 Choirs

In the opening Feature Photograph section the week before last (June 20th) I showed a soloist and her choir and talked a bit about my trip to Chiang Mai and how much I’ve enjoyed covering these concerts both as a guest and as a photographer.  Today I’d like to show you some images from this show and introduce you to all three choirs, their conductors, and respective programs.

 

Every performance has a host who introduces the choir(s) and tells you which conductor and which piece will be next.  

Every performance has a host who introduces the choir(s) and tells you which conductor and which piece will be next.

 

This is perhaps the best choir in Thailand, the Thai Youth Choir, composed of kids from the age 14-25 all from the Bangkok area.  This choir regularly performs at the Thailand Cultural Center, Bangkok, at the highest levels.   

This is perhaps the best choir in Thailand, the Thai Youth Choir, composed of kids from the age 14-25 all from the Bangkok area.  This choir regularly performs at the Thailand Cultural Center, Bangkok, at the highest levels.  Wearing their “away” uniforms they’re not much to look at photographically, but listening to them perform is pure pleasure.

Thai Your Choir

Conductor: Pawasut Piriyapongrat

Program:
Blow! Blow! -- Composed by Theron Kirk, Words by Shakspeares
Revecy venir le Printemps -- Composed by Leonard Bernstein

Ubi caritas et amor -- Composed by Morten Lauridsen
Plaudite manibus -- Composed by Branko Stark
Sakura -- Japanese traditional song, arranged by Toru Takemitsu
Loch Lomond -- Scottish traditional song, arranged by Jonathan Quick
Pasigin -- Visayan Fishing Song, arranged by Eudy Palaruan
Alexandra -- Composed by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, arranged by Robert Walker
Loy Kratong -- Thai traditional song, arranged by Kauval  Kulwattanothai

 

This choir is from Mr. Fort College.  Not as large as the TYC, but they love what they do and it was evident in their enthusiasm and efforts.  Everyone enjoyed their performance.  

This choir is from Mr. Fort College.  Not as large as the TYC, but they love what they do and it was evident in their enthusiasm and efforts.  Everyone enjoyed their performance.

Mt. Fort College

Conductor: Ezra Sittan

Pianist:  Weerawan Muangsuwan

Program:
How Do I Live?  -- Words and Music by Diane Warren, arranged by Jeff Funk
He's Got the Whole World (In His Hands) -- Spiritual, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram
Love Songs from the Beatles -- Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney, arranged by Ed Lojeski

 

The surprise of the evening came from the Dara Wittayalai School in Chiang Mai.  Small, amplified, and armed with a brilliant program and superb effort they captured the hearts of the audience this night in Chiang Mai.  

The surprise of the evening came from the Dara Wittayalai School in Chiang Mai.  Small, amplified, and armed with a brilliant program and superb effort they captured the hearts of the audience this night in Chiang Mai.

Dara Wittayalai School

Conductor: Anusit Kethom

Program:
Harmony -- Composed by Norman Simon and Artie Carplant Sofa Calypso -- Composed by Jack North and Walter Rodby
Song Tor Kwam Rak (Pass on the Love) -- Composed by Boyd Kosiyabhong
 

Soloist  Tanut Ruengwimolwet sang the Scottish traditional song “ Loch Lomond” and every young lady in the audience swooned.  Tanut is a 12th grader from Bangkok Christian College, the first private school in Thailand.

Soloist  Tanut Ruengwimolwet sang the Scottish traditional song “ Loch Lomond” and every young lady in the audience swooned.  Tanut is a 12th grader from Bangkok Christian College, the first private school in Thailand.

 

Solist Prangsuwan, a 12th grader sang “How Do I Live” and the audience showed their appreciation through a loud and sustained applause.

Solist Prangsuwan, a 12th grader sang “How Do I Live” and the audience showed their appreciation through a loud and sustained applause.

 

The choir from Dara Wittayalai School had their own guitarist and drummer to accompany them.

The choir from Dara Wittayalai School had their own guitarist and drummer to accompany them.

 

The TYC were all business as they went through some very complex pieces.

The TYC were all business as they went through some very complex pieces.

 

Mt. Fort College was relaxed and at ease during their performance.

Mt. Fort College was relaxed and at ease during their performance.

Dara Wittayalai School incorporated choreographed movements in time to their pieces to great effect.  Great showmanship!

Dara Wittayalai School incorporated choreographed movements in time to their pieces to great effect.  Great showmanship!

 

Conductor Ezra Sittan from Mr. Fort College receives a bouquet of flowers in appreciation for the fine performance of her choir.  

Conductor Ezra Sittan from Mr. Fort College receives a bouquet of flowers in appreciation for the fine performance of her choir.

 

A bouquet of flowers is given to Conductor Anusit Kethom for Dara Wittayalai School’s outstanding performance.  

A bouquet of flowers is given to Conductor Anusit Kethom for Dara Wittayalai School’s outstanding performance.

 

Conductor Dr. Pawasut Piriyapongrat, a professor of music from Chulalongkorn, is presented a large bouquet of flowers for her Thai Youth Choir's wonderful performance and in appreciation for their long travel to Chiang Mai.  

Conductor Dr. Pawasut Piriyapongrat, a professor of music from Chulalongkorn, is presented a large bouquet of flowers for her Thai Youth Choir's wonderful performance and in appreciation for their long travel to Chiang Mai.

 

All three conductors face the audience and receive great applause for a truly entertaining evening!  

All three conductors face the audience and receive great applause for a truly entertaining evening!

 

After the concert the three choirs posed for pictures together (taken from the seat I shot all the pictures from).  It should be noted that no choir had a bigger cheering section than the other two choirs watching them perform.  Their support and praise for each other was extraordinary.  

After the concert the three choirs posed for pictures together (taken from the seat I shot all the pictures from).  It should be noted that no choir had a bigger cheering section than the other two choirs watching them perform.  Their support and praise for each other was extraordinary.

Take the time to look at your local cultural center for the schedules of performances.  The cost is minimal and the enjoyment great.  This is truly something different to do in Thailand and you’ll really be glad you made the effort.