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    Symphony of a Thousand at Thailand Cultural Center, Bangkok


    G. Mahler: Symphony of a Thousand / July 23 and 24, 2013 / Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok


    Opera Siam and Siam Philharmonic, with the cooperation of the Department of Cultural Promotion (Thailand Ministry of Culture) announce a major cooperation with Festa Musicale in conjunction




    with choirs from around the world and the Siam Philharmonic Orchestra and Siam Sinfonietta and internationally renowned operatic soloists from four continents conducted by Somtow Sucharitkul Thailand Premiere


    Date: July 23-24, 2013


    Gustav Mahler's


    Symphony of a Thousand


    Opera Siam, Festa Musicale, and the Department of Cultural Promotion present


    Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat
    “Symphony of a Thousand”


    Thailand Cultural Center


    Tickets THB 300 / 600 / 1,000 / 5,000


    Available from Thai Ticket Major


    Choirs are invited to participate in a thrilling four-day workshop culminating in two performances of Gustav's Mahler's masterpiece in the Thailand Cultural Center, one of the most prestigious venues in Southeast Asia, under the baton of Maestro Somtow. Adult and children's choirs are invited. It is a chance in a lifetime to participate in one of the iconic works of the repertoire


    Participating choirs pledge to work on the music before arrival and will then spend several days refining the interpretation under the Maestro. There are plans for optional voice workshops for choirs and soloists in addition to the rehearsals for Mahler's Eighth Symphony.


    Nancy Yuen, Nadlada Thamtanakom, Grace Echauri, Emanuela Barazia, Israel Lozano, Phillip Joll, Kittinant Chinsamran


    Orpheus Choir of Bangkok - Fairhaven Singers (Cambridge, England) - Bonifantes Choir (Pardubice, Czech Republic) - Chinese University Choir (Hong Kong) - Bangkok Music Society - Orpheus Choir of Bangkok - Montfort Children’s Choir - Gli Orfini Children’s Choir - and many other choristers from around the world


    Performing in Mahler's massive Eighth, with its setting of the hymn "Veni Creator Spiritus" and the climactic final scene of Goethe's Faust, is one of the ambitions of choristers around the world. Performances are rare because as many as one thousand performers may be called for.


    Siam Philharmonic Orchestra
    Siam Sinfonietta
    Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra
    leader Vilmos Olah
    conducted by Somtow Sucharitkul


    Full contact details for


    BEC-Tero Entertainment PCL
    3199 Maleenont Tower
    Rama IV Road
    Klongton, Klongtoey
    Bangkok 10110
    Tel: 02 262 3456

    Participate in Mahler 8 in Thailand this summer!


    July 23-24, 2013


    Dear Choirmaster, Voice Teacher or Individual Singer:

    The performance of Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” taking place in late July in Thailand is an incredibly historic event. With already about ten choirs from four continents sending representatives, it is the first performance of the largest work in the standard classical repertoire in Thailand. Singing in “Mahler Eight” is a life’s dream for many choristers around the world and it is only possible in Thailand because we are working with the Festa Musicale’s international choir festival in Pattaya, and are able to bring choirs participating in this festival into our concert.

    We currently have about 250 singers, local and international, involved, with a core group of around 75 plus a large children’s choir rehearsing regularly each Thursday. But I could use about 100, or even 200 more local singers in order to make sure that we have enough to balance the 130-piece orchestra that Mahler has written for.


    In view of this I am writing to heads of music departments, music schools, and choirmasters in Bangkok to invite your participation.

    This concert is undoubtedly the most ambitious classical music event in Thailand’s history. People who love to sing often dream of participating in the “Symphony of a Thousand” and this would be the first time the opportunity is ever made available in Thailand.

    We would very much love to have you on board whether you are in Thailand or from abroad. Many choirs have already joined or are sending representatives choirs from as far away as England, Czech Republic, Indonesia, and the United States. We’re working on trying to get singers from every continent to make this a true reaching across the globe.

    If you are an international group or outside Bangkok, the idea is that you would study the work in advance and arrive in Bangkok in time for the final rehearsals. These rehearsals will take place in the last week, from July 20th onward. We can give you access to all sorts of aids to help you learn the work, such as learning mp3s and so on.

    Because the performances of the Symphony of a Thousand are in part subsidized by the Department of Cultural Promotions of Thailand’s Ministry of Culture, we are able to offer an extremely cheap land package, based on double occupancy, at a convenient hotel in Bangkok. The first hundred people to sign up will receive their land package gratis; for the rest we ask for a contribution of only 100 Euros, which includes your hotel, transportation to and from the rehearsals, and most meals.

    If you are local to Bangkok, you will have the ability to rehearse along with the Orpheus Choir, which meets every Thursday evening in a convenient location next to the Thong Lo BTS station.

    A children’s choir is also being formed in Bangkok which will join with children of the Montfort School in Chiengmai and the Bonifantes choir from Pardubice, Czech Republic, to sing the children’s choir sections of the work, so children from age 8 or so may also join this group.

    An online form is available to join up at www.mahler1000.com. Or you can write directly to Athalie de Koning, the choir master of the Orpheus Choir, at athalie@bangkokopera.com.

    Please join us and become part of this historic event. We look forward to hearing from all of you!

    Best wishes, Somtow Sucharitkul
    General and Artistic Director
    Bangkok Opera Foundation/Opera Siam

    Source: For more details and booking tickets


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