Saturday, February 21, 2009
Getting a Handel on Things
I saw Nick Wilgus's charming pic of Nancy Yuen from our Handel gala on Facebook and didn't think he'd mind if I stole it, especially since I'm crediting him here....
I'm very excited to have discovered the most charming and wonderful concert venue at the Thailand Science Park. The only problem is that it's an hour's drive from Bangkok. Of course for an Angeleno such as myself this shouldn't really mean anything, and yet in Bangkok one measures such things completely differently ...
The Handel Gala! Well, the first night, the orchestra's dinner was contaminated and they all had upset stomachs during the concert. Still, the audience had a good time and the Hallelujah Chorus singalong was pretty amusing. Once at the TSP for the second performance, stomachs had settled (delicious food was catered) but out there, the audience was a little different ... they didn't sing along as raucously, except for some students (mostly Indian, I think) who were in the top row, conducting along as well as singing. Trisdee became disgruntled because the audience didn't realize that the person at the harpsichord was in fact conducting ... well, conducting from the harpsichord is rather a new concept for the exurbs of Bangkok ... considering there's only one working double manual harpsichord in the whole country....
It was a pity I missed being able to watch my own show, Somtow's Theatre of Horror, because I was directing some concert, but I guess that is the catch when you have two careers (and the income of none).
Posted by Somtow at 2:45 PM
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