Two brilliant and internationally renowned Italian musicians will join the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra to present a special "Great Melodies from Popular Music's Golden Age" concert to celebrate HM the King's 84th birthday anniversary on Dec 5. The concert will take place at Thailand Cultural Centre, Ratchadaphisek Road, on Dec 8.
Conductor Federico Mondelci.
Presented by the Ministry of Culture and the Department of Cultural Promotion, in association with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation, B. Grimm, Credit Suisse AG and Bangkok Hospital Group, this will be the culmination of the "Great Artists of the World 2012" series.
The concert will feature saxophone virtuoso Federico Mondelci conducting the evening's programme as well as being a featured soloist alongside his compatriot, the amazing jazz and contemporary-music singer Cristina Zavalloni.
The programme features Leonard Bernstein's explosive Candide overture, followed by Jerome Kern's I'm Old Fashioned, Duke Ellington's Solitude and George Gershwin's Someone To Watch Over Me, with a medley-suite for saxophone and orchestra. Round Midnight will be rounding off the first half. Arranged by Stefano Nanni, this is a potpourri of jazz standards culminating with the music of Thelonius Monk.
Singer Cristina Zavalloni.
Proceedings will continue with another showcase for solo saxophone, Sentimental Evening by Roberto Molinelli, after which Zavalloni will return for Cole Porter's Every Time We Say Goodbye and I Get A Kick Out Of You, and Billy Strayhorn's Lush Life. The concert will conclude with Mondelci conducting Gershwin's orchestral masterpiece An American In Paris.
Zavalloni is distinguished by her impressive vocal versatility. Having performed at numerous prestigious jazz festivals, not least at Montreux, this is the side of her artistic personality which will be on display that night. However, she is equally well respected in the field of cutting-edge avant-garde classical music, having established a particularly close working relationship with pre-eminent composer Louis Andriessen, and has appeared at leading venues including Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.
Mondelci likewise champions both popular and contemporary classical styles, and has performed as soloist with the orchestra of La Scala Opera House under the baton of Maestro Seiji Ozawa, amongst others.
This concert marks his return to Bangkok, having received a rousing standing ovation in the 2007 Great Artists of the World series as saxophone soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets priced from 500 to 2,500 baht are now available at all ThaiTicketmajor outlets (www.thaiticketmajor.com). For further information, call Chantima at BSO Foundation on 02-255-6617-8, 02-254-4954, firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.bangkoksymphony.org.