Grande dame of jazz and her family promise a musical extravaganza jam-packed with entertainment from the movies
The grande dame of jazz, Kamala Sukosol, will perform songs from movie soundtracks alongside her musical family members at their annual charity concert entitled "Hollywood, Hollywood". It will be staged in the Kamolthip Ballroom of Siam City Hotel from Nov 25-27 at 8pm.
Organised by Siam Hotels & Resorts, the Thai Red Cross Society and Singha Corporation, the concert aims to raise funds for the Thai Red Cross Society's Chulalongkorn Craniofacial Center, which provides free care for underprivileged children with facial deformities.
The extravaganza charity concert will be jam-packed with entertainment by Kamala and her daughters Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi and Daranee Sukosol Clapp; granddaughter Natalia Sukosol Briones; and sons Kamol 'Sukie' Sukosol Clapp and Krissada 'Noi' Sukosol Clapp.
Joining the Sukosol family on stage will be the 20-member Prachin Songpow Big Band Orchestra, under the direction of Piti Kayoonpan, with special guest Dolchai Boonyaratavej and spectacular dancers from the Aree School of Dance Arts.
Highlight of this year's concert will be soundtracks from Hollywood's most memorable, beloved and inspirational films and televisions shows.
The repertoire will range from the classics like Get Happy (Summer Stock), From Here to Eternity (From Here to Eternity), Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany's) and All That Jazz (Chicago) to modern hits such as Don't Rain On My Parade (Glee), One Night Only (Dreamgirls), Love Is Forever (Twilight: Eclipse), Club Can't Handle Me (Step Up 3), Fame (Fame) and Je Ne Regrette Rien (Inception).
The ensemble will also perform the signature Sukosol classics, such as Live & Learn and I Dreamed a Dream. As an added bonus, Siam City Hotel staff will also give a spirited rendition of Sorry, Sorry, the Korean pop song gone viral on YouTube.
Regarded as one of Thailand's leading jazz vocalists, Kamala, also president and owner of Siam Hotels & Resorts, has her inimitable style showcased in over 20 recordings. She is equally an entertainer as she is a singer and has an uncanny ability to make audiences feel right at home with her humorous remarks, ad-libbed stories and engaging personality.
She has for many years used her flair as an entertainer and businesswoman to help Thailand's underprivileged. Her first charity concert was in 1982 and since then she has gone on to make the event an annual institution in Bangkok.
To date, over 30 million baht has been raised, going to charities like the Oncology (Cancer) Society, Chai Pattaya Foundation, Unicef, Rajaprachanukroh Foundation for Tsunami Victims, Thai Red Cross, Ramathibodi Foundation, Chulalongkorn Craniofacial Center and Breast Cancer Foundation.
Kamala's charitable deeds have been so magnanimous that in 2009 she was named as one of Forbes Asia's 48 Heroes of Philanthropy.
Tickets for the Nov 25 and 27 shows cost 1,000/1,500/2,000/2,500 baht (400 baht for students), while tickets for the gala dinner night on Nov 26 are priced at 35,000 and 40,000 baht per table. They are available from Siam City Hotel. For more information, call 02-247-0123 ext 1928. RT
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