Classic concert to stir minds of the young

Friday, 04 November 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 44

An enthralled audience in Bangkok was treated to the first performance by the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck from Germany at the ‘Philharmonic Orchestra Charity Concert’ on Friday, October 7 at the Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok.

The concert was attended by over 600 VIPs, dignitaries and orchestra fans, including H.E. Rolf Schulze, the German Ambassador to Thailand and Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the board of partners of E. Merck KG.

The Deutsche Philharmonie Merck orchestra has the audience enthralled at the charity concert held at the Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok on Friday, Oct. 7. The Deutsche Philharmonie Merck orchestra has the audience enthralled at the charity concert held at the Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok on Friday, Oct. 7.

The aim of this charity concert was to raise funds to support the Little Scientists’ House Project, an initiative under the Royal Patronage Foundation of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.  The project aims to get children, some as young as pre-school age, interested in science and technology and, in doing so, strengthen and develop the nation in the long term as a country of innovation.

For this year, the Little Scientists’ House project plans to awaken the spirit of scientific minds in more than 3,000 kindergarten schools and to arouse the kids’ enthusiasm for natural phenomena, technical and mathematical questions across Thailand.

On the night of the event, the 64-professional orchestra members had the audience gasping for the breath with the beautifully performed music, including famous popular classics by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Strauss, Tschaikowsky and more.  Conductor Wolfgang Heinzel, widely regarded as one of the most creative musician of his generation, led the evening along with flute soloist Henrik Wiese.

The final song was ‘Sweet Words’, a musical composition of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej to commemorate the auspicious occasion of His Majesty’s 84th birthday this year.

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