On Sunday 8th March Pattaya will be in for a rare treat when the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) will be performing a live concert at the Phornphrapa Botanical Gardens that are situated close to the Soi Country Club in East Pattaya. Not only is this a fantastic and rare opportunity to see the Philharmonic Orchestra play in Pattaya but the event is totally free!
The organisers of the concert have ask for a small donation to be made to cover the expenses of advertising the event with any excess proceeds being kindly donated to Hand to Hand Foundation. Food and drinks will be available to buy at the venue although you are welcome to bring along a blanket and food to enjoy your own picnic whilst taking in the sounds.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with TPO they first performed way back on 23rd June 2005 at the Royal Thailand Navy Auditorium. Ever since the first performance the orchestra have been wowing audiences with many highly regarded conductors leading the TPO such as Dariusz Mikulski, Gudni Emilsson and Ligia Amadio.
It is not unusual for soloists from around the World to join the TPO and all have praised the performances of the orchestra. The list of guests is quite simply too many to name everyone but have included Lambis Vassiliadis, Ara Malikian and Henri Bok with a great many other big names in the World of classical music also appearing.
In October 2009 the TPO played their first international concert in the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall after being invited by the Japanese Association of Orchestras. The same year saw the orchestra play at the 15th ASEAN summit in Cha-Am where they performed for 10 Prime Ministers. In 2012 the TPO again played in Tokyo and also in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2013 they played in Vientiane in Laos.
The high point for the orchestra perhaps came on 29 September 2010 when they were given the honour to give a command performance for the King of Thailand, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the Royal Medical College Auditorium in Siriraj Hospital. The concert was to honour the 37th anniversary of a concert that the King played at the same venue and on the same date as the King is well renowned for his musical talent.
If you are looking to take in the concert why not consider renting a car from Pattaya Rent a Car located on the Pratamnak Hill.