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First Class all the way
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: May 29, 2013 at 8:09 am
The Nat Studio’s First Class (1984) concert for charity will take place at Sala Sudasiri Sobha on Sunday at 4pm.
Ajarn Nat Yontararak is Thailand's first Steinway Artist and a renowned contemporary pianist, but when he formed a studio in 1984 he may not have imagined his first batch of students would be quite this successful.
From the first 20 students, eight are continuing with their passion for music and most have become professional musicians or teachers in major institutes in Thailand.
Now, nearly 30 years later, they are coming together for for the Nat Studio's First Class (1984) charity concert. Presented by the Gift of Life Foundation, it will be the next performance in the "Sunday 4 O'Clock at Sala Sudasiri Sobha" series this Sunday.
The performers are Dr Tretip Kamolsiri, Sabrina Alexander, Niramit Thanthranond, Sasi Pongsarayuth, Lt Cmdr Nob Pradipasen, Tongjai Thanachanan, Asayuch Chamroon and Dr Indhuon Srikaranonda Balakauskas with Artas Balakauskas and their daughter Asta.
The programme will feature a variety of works, and will include classical pieces such as Chopin's Nocturne In E Flat Major Opus 9 No.2, Bach's Toccata (from Partita No.6), Scriabin's Etude In D Sharp Minor, Opus 8 No.12, Liszt's Liebestraueme No.3 and Schumann-Liszt's Widmung. The programme also features some four hands pieces, such as Handel's Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba from Solomon and Thomas A Johnson's Lady Of Brazil, and a jazz arrangement of Beethoven's Ode To Joy by Nob and Asayuch.
The concert will conclude with Nob's composition, The Portraits, The Sculptor, dedicated to Ajarn Nat.
The winner of the Silpathorn Award in 2006, Ajarn Nat started the Nat Studio 30 years ago. The concert starring the first graduates is the first programme in celebration of the anniversary.
The Sala Sudasiri Sobha concert hall is on Lat Phrao Soi 41 and it's advisable to get there through Lat Phrao Soi 35. There is no admission charge but donations are welcome. Proceeds will go to the Gift of Life Foundation to help needy blood disease patients.
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