Weekend of classical music awaits

photo courtesy of Neilson Hays Library

Neilson Hays Library is hosting evenings of classical music by two groups of performers this weekend.

The show is "Shostakovich: Fascism And War", an unconventional performance that combines electronic music, poetry reading and Shostakovich's String Quartet No.8, on Saturday at 7pm.

Hailed as a masterpiece of the 20th century that transcends individual pain to address all human despair as a result of fascism, war and personal bereavement, the five-movement quartet will be performed by Pro Music Quartet which comprises Leo Philips (violin), Jirajet Jesadachet (violin), Tasana Nagavajara (viola) and Noa Chorin (cello).

Reading the poetry will be Wesley Hsu, Ying Kiratibhongse, Sasapin Siriwanij and Akkarasorn Opilan. The show is curated by Somrak Sila from WTF Gallery, with electronic sound delivered by Nutchapon Choosakul.

On Sunday at 6pm, "The Septet" concert will be held to mark Beethoven's 250th birth anniversary. It is organised by Tanyawat Dilokkunanant, an associate professor of clarinet at Zhaoqing University, China, along with friends and colleagues from Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand Philharmonic, and other leading Bangkok-based musicians.

Together, they will perform Beethoven's Septet Op 20 in full on violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, bassoon and French horn.

Tickets for the first concert cost 800 baht (600 baht for members and 200 baht for students) while tickets for the second performance cost 600 baht (500 baht for members and 300 baht for students).

Tickets can be purchased online via neilsonhayslibrary.org/product-category/concerts-in-october, at the library or by calling 02-233-1731. They will not be available for purchase at the door.


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