Music returns to the stage of the National Theatre Bangkok on August 17 as the youth symphony concert Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta comes to Bangkok for a one-night show.
The concert, which is remembrance of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and also marks 130 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Thailand, is being organised by the Embassy of Japan in Thailand in collaboration with the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Wattana Wittaya Academy and Bangkok Christian College.
The 60-member strong Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta was founded by the Keys of Change charity organisation, which works to use music as a medium to encourage and heal disadvantaged youth and children all over the world.
Keys of Change has worked in several underdeveloped and poor areas of many cities in the world such as Amazon Basin, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Kolkata and Fukushima in Japan following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Panos Karan, a Greek-born piano virtuoso and founder of Keys of Change organisation, travelled to Fukushima and began to encourage the children of Fukushima to have hope in their life again by using music. He started to teach music and raised funds to establish a youth orchestra in Fukushima.
The orchestra has performed in front of the Empress Mishiko at Tokyo Opera City as well as at the Boston Symphony Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
The programme will include Glinka’s “Rusian and Ludmilla Overture”, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 with Panos Karan at the piano, Symphony No 5 and the royal composition “Alexandra” performed with members of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and the choirs of Wattana Wittaya Academy and Bangkok Christian College’s Boys’ choir.
Donations of Bt500 in support the children of Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta can be exchanged against a ticket for the performance.
Find out more by calling (02) 255 6617-8 or www.BangkokSymphony.org.