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A full orchestra salute to the silver screen

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The Thailand Philharmon­ic Orchestra will salute the silver screen in music made noteworthy in blockbuste­r films during “TPO At The Movies” at Mahidol University’s Prince Mahidol Hall, Salaya campus, this Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 4pm.

The programme includes music from some of Thailand’s most enduring film scores, many of which will be performed live for the first time in a concert setting.

The art of synchronis­ing image and music began in Hollywood during the 1930s. Composers were tasked with providing an emotional backdrop that reflected the action on the screen.

John Williams has proved to be one of the best composers for film in the last several decades. His soundtrack­s for the classic Star Wars films and more recently the Harry Potter series will be performed alongside John Powell’s selections from the animated feature How To Train Your Dragon, whose music was nominated for Best Original Score at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Klaus Badelt’s electrifyi­ng score for Pirates Of The Caribbean, which successful­ly captures the swashbuckl­ing adventures of the anti-hero Captain Jack Sparrow, has also been selected for the show.

For the first time, the orchestra will perform music originally composed for some of Thailand’s most popular movies, including the historical adventure King Naresuan 5. The programme will also include music from the movie that introduced the College of Music to a wider audience, Seasons Change, and the touching 2004 musical drama The Overture, which describes the life of l egendary palace musician Luang Pradit Phairoh.

Leading the orchestra will be young conductor Thanapol Setabrahma­na, an alumni of Mahidol University’s College of Music who won second place in the conducting-band/ wind-ensemble division of the American Prize in 2013.

He has been invited to participat­e in several internatio­nal conducting masterclas­ses and performanc­es in Europe and the US, and has worked with several prominent conducting teachers. Currently, he is a doctoral conducting associate at the University of Cincinnati College Conservato­ry of Music in the US.

Tickets cost 300 and 500 baht (100 baht for students up to bachelor’s degree) and can be purchased from www. thaiticket­ or by calling 02-849-6565/6 ext 6603 and 6609.

 ??  ?? Thanapol Setabrahma­na.
Thanapol Setabrahma­na.

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