For great Thai kings of the past

'Homage To The Great Thai Kings' concert. photo courtesy of Sala Sudasiri Sobha

To pay tribute to Thai monarchs, piano virtuoso Nat Yontararak will deliver three rounds of a piano performance accompanied by Thai traditional dance by dancers from the Christian Communications Institute of Payap University, at three different venues this week.

The "Homage To The Great Thai Kings" concert will take place at Payap University in Chiang Mai tomorrow at 7pm, Nation University in Lampang on Thursday at 8pm and Sala Sudasiri Sobha in Bangkok on Sunday at 4pm.

The concert is to mark the 120th and 110th anniversary of King Rama V's grand tour to Europe in 1897 and 1907, in remembrance of the late King Rama IX and to celebrate HM Queen Sirikit's 85th birthday and Princess Duangduen Na Chiang Mai's 88th birthday.

Highlights will be selections of King Rama IX's royal compositions, Love In Spring and Oh I Say, arranged for piano solo and Nat's latest composition, Sine Quo Non, an elegy dedicated to the late monarch.

The programme also features original compositions Nat written on numerous auspicious occasions. They include Piano Sonata No.3 Siam Sonata, a solo piano sonata to mark King Rama IX's 75th birthday; Rose Of Love, a musical tribute to celebrate HM Queen Sirikit's fifth birthday cycle in 1992; and Moonlight Reverie written to commemorate the 80th birthday of Princess Duangduen, the last princess of the Northern Kingdom (Lanna) of Thailand.

There is no admission fee to the Tuesday and Thursday performances but donations are welcome. The Aug 27 concert in Bangkok is open exclusively for members of the Royal Orchid Plus of Thai Airways International, with limited seats. Call 02-545-1454 on weekdays between 9am and 5pm.

Visit www.salsasudasirisobha.com or call 02-541-8662 or 080-407-8231.

'Homage To The Great Thai Kings' concert. photo courtesy of Sala Sudasiri Sobha

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