Compositions of the East (Orient) and West (Occident) meet in this exploration of the positive symbiotic relationship which has developed over time between the contrasting, geographically separated cultures. 19th Century Paris in particular embraced all things exotic, and three French composers are presented here, starting with Saint-Saëns, whose operetta La Princesse Jaune displays the most charming oriental influence with its evocative Japanese theme. Meanwhile, world premieres by two eminent Thai composers of today - Fantasia on a theme of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej by Vanich Potavanich & Fantasy on Chandrahu for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra by Narongrit Dhamabutra – exemplify just how significant the orchestral repertoire of Eastern nations has become in the world of music at large. The latter piece will feature Greek saxophone virtuoso Theodore Kerkezos as soloist, an exceptional artist who has been described as “one of the most astounding performers of today”. In addition, he will perform the brilliant Scaramouche Suite by Darius Milhaud.
British maestro Douglas Bostock was one of the last private students of the legendary conductor Sir Adrian Boult, and has already forged a very strong mutual bond with the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. He is currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Southwest German Chamber Orchestra and Honorary Conductor of the Argovia Philharmonic in Switzerland. Truly authoritative in his technical mastery and interpretative insight, this concert’s performance of César Franck’s mighty Symphony in D minor will end in jubilant style. A marvellous way to conclude the 2023 season.
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