Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra 13th Season Concert 13th Season Concert “Hungarian Textures ”

by Expat Life
Hungarian Textures

The music of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók are staples of the modern orchestra repertoire. Conductor Delta David Gier leads TPO in Bartók’s last completed work, Concerto for Orchestra. Thai saxophone soloist Supat Hanpatanachai makes his TPO debut with a performance of Tomasi’s Saxophone Concerto. The program also features the work “The Immortal” by prize-winning Chinese American composer – Zhou Long.


  • 4 May 2018 / 7.00 p.m. / PMH (Pre-Concert Talk 6.15 p.m.)
  • 5 May 2018 / 4.00 p.m. / PMH (Pre-Concert Talk 3.15 p.m.)

Conductor: Delta David Gier

Soloist: Supat Hanpatanachai, Saxophone


  • Thai Traditional Music
  • Zhou Long: The Immortal
  • Henri Tomasi: Saxophone Concerto
  • Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra


After the extended April break, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Prince Mahidol Hall for a concert that includes two concertos: Henri Tomasi’s Saxophone concerto and the tragic yet majestic Concerto for Orchestra by Bela Bartok.

A tour de force that requires expert technical command from every section of the orchestra, Bartok’s Concerto is one of the Hungarian composer’s most popular and accessible works. Written in New York in 1943 and premiered in Boston a year later, the piece broke new ground in many ways. Bartok used the title “Concerto” rather than “Symphony” because of how the instruments in each section are treated in a soloistic manner. Each individual movement is a aural world in its own way but also contributes to the grand finale in the fifth and final movement – dancelike and complete with flourishes and colors that reflect Bartok’s love for the folk music of eastern and central Europe.

The French composer Henri Tomasi wrote several wind concertos that have endeared him to players and audiences alike. Tomasi’s Concerto for Saxophone is in two movements. With its mysterious and foreboding opening the music evolves into a rhythmically rich piece. Thai saxophone soloist Supat Hanpatanachai makes his TPO debut with this unique contribution to the saxophone repertoire.

Commissioned by the BBC World Service and premiered in London in 2004 Zhou Long’s “The Immortals” is a musical tribute to Chinese artists and intellectuals of the 20th century. American conductor Delta David Grier leads the TPO in these expressive 20th and 21st century pieces on May 4 at 7PM and May 5 at 4PM at Prince Mahidol Hall.

Tickets Price: 1500, 1000, 800, 600, 400 Baht
50% discount for Children and students below the age of 25 (or currently studying in an undergraduate program)

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