NAKHON PATHOM — A Chinese conductor will lead the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in debut compositions recalling Thailand’s past kingdoms of Ayutthaya and Thonburi this weekend.
It’s been 250 years since the Thonburi kingdom was established as the capital of Siam after the sacking of Ayutthaya before crossing the river to Bangkok in the 19th century.
To revisit the history, new compositions were written by renowned Thai and international composers to symphonize Ayutthaya’s Golden Age through the rise of Thonburi’s King Taksin the Great.
Composer Narong Prangcharoen will premiere his 30-minute piece “Poem Ayutthaya” after Col. Prateep Suphanrojn’s “The Ramayan,” while award-winning Russian composer Marcus Tristan will premiere “Ode for King Rama IX” and end the show with “Ayutthaya Symphony.”
“The Endless of Ayutthaya” will be conducted by Zhang Guoyong, artistic director of the Shanghai Opera House and a dean at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Tickets are 300 baht, 500 Baht and 100 Baht for students up to the undergraduate level. They can be bought at the venue or reserved at 02-849-6565-6 Ext. 6603, 6609.
Pre-concert talks will be held 45 minutes before each show.
The concerts will start at 7pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday at the Prince Mahidol Hall at Mahidol University in Salaya. It can be reached by taxi or shuttle bus from BTS Bang Wa exits No. 1 or 2.