Munich, May 16, 2016
It were the first two public concerts of the Siam Symphonic Band outside of Thailand during the Whitsun weekend in Munich –
and both recorded a complete success! The Royal Thai Honorary Consulate-General of Bavaria and Saxony, Khunying Barbara Riepl, hosted the orchestra to strengthen the cultural ties between Thailand and Germany. Compositions of the His Royal Highness Prince Paribatra Sukhumbhand of Nagor Svarga (1881-1944) were on the program.
The great importance of this exceptional cultural event was highlighted by the attendance of Thailand’s Hon. Minister of Culture, Vira Rojpojchanarat, and Thailand’s Ambassador, Her Excellency Nongnuth Phetcharatana. Prof. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, Governor of Bangkok Metropolitan and President of the Chumbhot-Pantip Foundation also attended the event.
On Saturday, the fabulous scenery of Nymphenburg Palace was the perfect setting for the royal ambience and the brass music with Asian and Western influences. On Whitsunday, the guests celebrated the Thai-Bavarian friendship at “Aumeister“ beer garden in the English Garden and enjoyed regional and Asian culinary delights. The program of the Siam Symphonic Band was complemented by the famous Oktoberfest-band “Alois Altmann und seine Isarspatzen” and the “Goasslschnalzer” entertained the guests during the breaks. As a surprise highlight to all guests, the Isarspatzen and the Siam Symphonic Band played one composition together, so to say a premiere of a Thai-Bavarian brass music band performance.
The Hon. Minister of Culture Vira Rojpojchanarat was accompanied by a delegation of the ministry of Thai Culture and the Chumbhot-Pantip Foundation, representatives from several Thai cultural offices and members of key Thai media. Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat was very pleased with the recognition of the concert and plans to intensify the cultural exchange between Germany and Thailand: “Music is a wonderful means for a cross-cultural dialogue and I would be delighted if we can create many more opportunities like these to learn from each other.“
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Title: The Siam Symphonic Band at Nymphenburg Castle
Text: Khunying Barbara Riepl from Royal Thai Honorary Consulate-General of Bavaria and Saxony with guest of honour and the Siam Symphonic Band in front of Nymphenburg Castle in Munich; Germany
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