Saturday, 2 nd June 2018
Venue: Chulalongkorn University, Music Hall
Time: 19:00 hrs
The BMS Choir was established in 1991 and has provided musical opportunities to people living in Bangkok by performing some of the world’s most beautiful music to audiences across the city. In 2018, about 60 singers of all abilities and nationalities constitute the choir. In this unique concert, organized by the Embassy of Italy to celebrate the National Day, BMS and Immanuel String Orchestra will perform one of Vivaldi’s most renowned pieces, “Gloria”, followed by the chorus from popular Italian operas including “The Humming Chorus” from Madama Butterfly and “Va, pensiero” from Nabucco.
In the framework of the Italian Festival in Thailand 2018 Special Edition, the Embassy of Italy is pleased to introduce this exceptional concert. This year marks the 150 th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Thailand.
The Bangkok Music Society is one of the oldest groups in Thailand and has provided musical opportunities to people living in Bangkok for more than 40 years! It was established by one of Thailand's foremost architects, Amnad Khitapanna – himself an accomplished singer and pianist – to promote classical music of all genres.
The BMS Choir was established in 1991 and has performed some of the world’s most beautiful music to audiences across the city. Open to singers of all abilities and nationalities, the Choir prepares three major concerts per season (August to June) with several smaller and more intimate gigs for charities and our sponsors.
The guiding principles of the choir haven’t changed in 26 years with a continued emphasis on enthusiasm and commitment. Through the BMS, the Choir has formed strong links with the Immanuel String Orchestra as well as the musical ensembles of Silpakorn and Mahidol Universities. The Choir have performed several concerts with these excellent groups, notably Vivaldi’sGloria in December 2016 and a concert dedicated to His Late Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, where we performed Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor.
About the Festival: The Italian Festival in Thailand is organized by the Embassy of Italy and comprises this year 69 cultural events and 5 “weeks” in the biggest Department Stores throughout the year in Bangkok, covering 299 days: classical music, opera, jazz, seminars, cinema, dance, promotion of Made in Italy and a lot more. The Festival is organized with the aim of spreading in Thailand the best of the Italian culture. Indeed, we believe that the cooperation among the two countries develops through the mutual understanding and appreciation of each other’s heritage and cultural identity.
Now at its 13th consecutive edition, the Festival has received positive reviews throughout the years, and an ever growing recognition from the general public. All events are organized thanks to the contribution of many private sponsors and most of them are free entry upon registration.