Classical music event in Bangkok

With violinist Jonathon Glonek (Chulalongkorn) and pianist Eri Nakagawa (Mahidol).


The photo above is of Violinist and Chulalongkorn University lecturer Jonathon Glonek.

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Playing for the love of music

The Neilson Hays Library will be the venue for a wonderful celebration of love entitled Salut D'Amour on Feb 10 at 7:30pm.

A charity concert with all proceeds going to the Neilson Hays Library Repair Fund, Salut D'Amour will be performed by two of Bangkok's most well-known musicians - violinist Jonathon Glonek and pianist Eri Nakagawa.

Jonathon Glonek is passionate about bringing quality classical music to the public. He is a lecturer in Violin Studies at Chulalongkorn University and a well-known figure in Bangkok's music scene. Glonek has performed Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Bach concertos in Thailand and specialises in solo performance of Paganini and Bach.

Eri Nakagawa trained in Japan and the US, is an instructor at Mahidol University and has released two CDs of her piano music. She has been an instructor at the College of Music, Mahidol University since 1995. The pair will combine their talents to present Salut D'Amour, promising an evening of exquisite and emotional music appropriate to the Valentine's Day theme and to the library itself.

The works of composers Beethoven, Kreisler, Dvorak, Gershwin, Debussy, Heifetz, Svendsen and Elgar such as Romance in F Major, Liebeslied, Schon Rosmarin, Caprice Viennois, Danse Espagnole, Romance in F minor, Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair, Estrellita, Beau Soire, Sea Murmurs, Bess You Is My Woman Now, Salut D' Amour, La Fille Avec Cheveux De Lin and Romance will be played

Built nearly 90 years ago by a grieving husband to commemorate his wife, today the Neilson Hays Library is looked after by teams of volunteer expat women and dedicated Thai staff.

Entering the building from hectic Surawong Road is truly like stepping back in time - not only have the ornate neo-classical stucco details been preserved but also the intricately carved teak fittings, elegant furniture and original glass-fronted bookcases.

But no one reaches the age of 90 or thereabouts without needing a little extra loving care. The library requires some urgent repairs, particularly to the teak floor, which in recent times has developed some alarming cracks. All proceeds raised from Salut D'Amour will go to the library's repair fund.

Salut D’amour will be performed at the Neilson Hays Library on Feb 10 at 7:30pm. Tickets are 500 baht; visit, call the library on 02-233-1731, or simply drop in. Fine wine will be served, with the first glass free for library members.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Playing for the love of music, 25/01/2011, link

Neilson Hays Library -
a library built in memory of the deceased wife of an expat doctor living in Bangkok and opened in 1922 (See website, map and  
venue - the place where an activity or event happens สถานที่ที่จัดงาน
celebration - a party, an event to have fun (celebrate) something special happening such as a birthday or religious holiday งานฉลอง
entitled - having the name

charity - involving giving money or help to people who are poor or ill, or who need advice and support การกุศล
proceeds - money that an organization makes from some event or activity to raise money

(noun) - an emotion of great love for something
(adjective) - showing and expressing strong emotions in your beliefs, showing great interest and enthusiasm

classical - of recognized authority or excellence because it came from the most highly developed stage of an earlier civilisation and its culture, examples: classical literature, classical architecture, in the West refers to the Greek and Roman eras
classical music - western art music from roughly the year 1000 to 1900 including such well-known names as Bach, Mozart and Beethoven (See Wikipedia)

figure - someone who is important in some way บุคคลสำคัญ
performance - how well or badly something works (or whether an investment provides a reasonable return)

Brahms - (1833 – 1897)  "a German composer and pianist, and one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria, where he was a leader of the musical scene. In his lifetime, Brahms' popularity and influence were considerable; following a comment by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow, he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the Three Bs" (See Wikipedia)
Tchaikovsky -
(1840 – 1893)[a 2] "a Russian composer of the Romantic era. His wide ranging output includes symphonies, operas, ballets, instrumental and chamber music and songs. He wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, the 1812 Overture, his First Piano Concerto, his last three numbered symphonies, and the opera Eugene Onegin" (See Wikipedia)
Mendelssohn -
(1809 – 1847) "a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period" (See Wikipedia)
Bach -  (1685 – 1750) "a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he did not introduce new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France" (See Wikipedia)

concerto - music for an orchestra and a soloist (See Wikipedia)
orchestra - a large group of musicians playing different kinds of musical instruments including string (violin, cello, bass), brass (horns, trumpets), woodwind (flute, clarinet), and percussion (drums, xylophone) (See Wikipedia)
solo - done by one person
solo performance - when one person plays music for an audience
Paganini -
(1782 – 1840) "an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was one of the most celebrated violin virtuosi of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His Caprice No. 24 in A minor, Op. 1, is among the best known of his compositions, and has served as an inspiration for many prominent composers" (See Wikipedia)

released - made available to the public  
promising - likely to be successful มีแนวโน้มที่ดี
exquisite - very beautiful; delicate สวยงาม, วิจิตร, งดงาม, อ่อนช้อย
theme - the main subject of something ใจความสำคัญ, ประเด็นหลัก

- (1770 – 1827) "a German composer and pianist. He is considered to have been the most crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time" (See Wikipedia)
virtuouso - an person who has outstanding technical ability at playing a musical instrument (or singing, art, etc) (See Wikipedia)
Kreisler - (1875 – 1962) a virtuoso violin player, "an Austrian-born violinist and composer. One of the most famous violin masters of his or any other day, he was known for his sweet tone and expressive phrasing. Like many great violinists of his generation, he produced a characteristic sound which was immediately recognizable as his own. Although he derived in many respects from the Franco-Belgian school" (See Wikipedia)
Dvorak - (1841 – 1904) "a Czech composer of Romantic music, who employed the idioms of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. His works include operas, symphonic, choral and chamber music. His best-known works include his New World Symphony, the Slavonic Dances, 'American' String Quartet, and Cello Concerto in B minor" (See Wikipedia)
Gershwin - (1898 – 1937) "an American composer and pianist...composed music for both Broadway and the classical concert hall, as well as popular songs that brought his work to an even wider public. His compositions have been used in numerous films and on television, and many became jazz standards recorded in numerous variations" (See Wikipedia)
Debussy - (1862 – 1918) "a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music...His music is noted for its sensory component and how it is not often formed around one key or pitch"  (See Wikipedia)
Heifetz - (1901 – 1987) a violin virtuoso "widely regarded as one of the greatest violinists of all time" (See Wikipedia)
Svendsen - (1840 – 1911) "a Norwegian composer, conductor and violinist. Born in Christiania (now Oslo), Norway, he lived most his life in Copenhagen, Denmark" (See Wikipedia)
Elgar - (1857 – 1934) "an English composer...Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924...In musical circles dominated by academics, he was a self-taught composer" (See Wikipedia)

Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
- very popular song from 1854 by American songwriter Stephen Foster (See Wikipedia)
Bess You Is My Woman Now - lyrics from Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess (See Wikipedia)
Salut D' Amour - music for piano and violin by the English composer Elgar (See Wikipedia)
grieve -
feel very sad, especially after the death of someone เศร้าโศก, เสียใจ
commemorate - to remember officially and give respect to a great person or event, especially by a public ceremony or by making a statue or special building ฉลอง (เพื่อเป็นการระลึกถึง)
look after - care for
volunteer - someone who is not paid for the work that they do อาสาสมัคร
expat - a person who lives for a long period of time outside of their own country in another country
dedicated - believing that something is very important and giving a lot of time and energy to it ซึ่งอุทิศตัวเพื่อ
dedicated - spending much time and effort on something อุทิศให้ (a dedicated teacher ทรงเป็นพระอาจารย์ซึ่งทรงอุทิศพระวรกายในการให้ความรู้กับนักเรียน)
staff - workers, employees พนักงาน

hectic - very busy and fast วุ่นวาย
stepping back in time - going back into the past
ornate -
decorated with a design having complicated patterns and shapes
stucco -
a substance used for covering walls, usually on the outside of a building, to give them a rough surface ปูนฉาบผนัง
ornate neo-classical stucco
preserved - kept in good condition, not damaged or destroyed, kept something as it is, especially in order to prevent it from decaying or being damaged or destroyed ซึ่งปกป้องไว้ คงอยู่, สงวนไว้
carved - cut from something like stone, wood, or in this case, bone แกะสลัก
carved - cut from wood or stone แกะสลัก ทำให้เป็นลวดลายหรือรูปภาพด้วยวิธีใช้สิ่วสกัด ตัด ตอก ดุน เป็นต้น หรือใช้สิ่งอื่นขูด ขีด ให้เป็นตัว
intricate - very detailed and complicated in design and structure
teak - an increasingly rare and expensive hard wood ไม้สัก (See Wikipedia)
fitting - a small part that you can connect to something else
intricately carved teak fitting
elegant - looks high-class (with grace and dignity) ที่สง่างาม ที่หรูหรา

age - grow older
urgent - must be done quickly เหตุเร่งด่วน
alarming - makes you worried, surprised or shocked (that there may be something wrong or a problem)
cracks - lines on a surface where something is beginning to break apart; divisions รอยแยก ส่วนที่แยกออก
repair - to fix something that is broken or damaged ซ่อมบำรุง
fund - to provide money for something เงินทุน กองทุน

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