“From Classical to Next Normal”
The inauguration of Princess Galyani Vadhana International Music Festival explores classical music from early era to music of the future. Each evening represents a brief journey of musical celebration: a complete set of Brandenburg Concertos approaching its anniversary in 2021, a brief journey of Hans Gunther Mommer and his legacy to Thai musicians, and a brief journey to what might be the future of classical music.
Wednesday 25 November 2020
19:00 hr – From Classical to Next Normal #1 “The Brandenburg Concertos”
The Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach is a great example of a classical composition that became classic. Approaching its 300th anniversary in 2021, it couldn’t be more fitting to start off the festival with the complete performance of the Brandenburg Concerto.
The performance features international artists such as Paul Archibald, Akos Szilagyi, Alberto Ferrincelli, and led by Sittichai Pengcharoen.
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051
Paul Archibald (Trumpet), Akos Szilagyi (Recorder), Damrih Bannawitayakit (Oboe), Chanannat Meenanan, (Oboe), Kalaya Pongsathorn (Flute), Thanida Iamsirikulmitr (Flute), Alberto Firrincieli (Harpsichord), Chanyapong Thongsawang (Harpsichord), Sittichai Pengcharoen (Violin/Director), and PGVIM String Ensemble
Thursday 26 November 2020
19:00 hr – From Classical to Next Normal #2 “Mommer: His Legacy”
Hans Gunther Mommer was highly influential in the history of classical music in Thailand. He helped found the original Pro Musica in 1969, a string ensemble that would expand into the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (now the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra), and laying the foundation of strings playing to the musicians who would become important Strings pedagogues in Thailand.
Bawornpong Supasopol will lead the evening which will remember Hans Guther Mommer’s legacy and influence through conversation with those who had worked with him ,and through performances of his arrangements for string ensemble.
Panel Discussion and Performance on Hans Günther Mommer and His Legacy to Classical Music in Thailand
Artists and Speakers
Khunying Malaival Boonyaratavej, Rear Admiral Veeraphan Vawklang, Phukorn Srinarong, Witaya Tumornsoontorn, Sittichai Pengcharoen, and PGVIM String Ensemble
Friday 27 November 2020
18:00 hr – Pre-concert Talk “Classical Music Next Normal”
19:00 hr – From Classical to Next Normal #3 “Next Normal?”
Classical Music has been through many different changes. New musical genres, musical forms, and new types of performances emerged. If obstacles are the path, what would be the result from the current situation we all faced?
The final performance of PGMF 2020 will provide a glimpse of the possibility to the future, whether it be reverting back to pre-pandemic or moving ahead with new innovations which will be preceded by a pre-concert talk discussing “Classical Music Next Normal” led by Damrih Bannawitayakit
Natsuki Kandatsu: Sound of the Last Train for ensemble (2020)
Shin Mizutani: Harpocrates for ensemble (2019)
Masafumi Oda x Piyawat [LCW]: The Festival of Things in Themselves VII for ensemble, live electronics and multimedia (2020)
Shin MIzutani*, Masafumi Oda*, Piyawat Louilarpprasert*, Natsuki Kandatsu*, Tanasit Siripanichwattana, TACET(i) Ensemble, and PGVIM Percussion Ensemble
*Supported by the Japan Foundation, Bangkok