Not often does our community get to experience world class classical concerts in our town and when these chances occur, you can be sure that these events are received with open arms.
Such was the classical concert under the name “The Sublime art of the Viola” featuring two violists from Chicago, Roger Chase and Yukiko Ogura, as well as Jun Komatsu on pianoforte, and the famous Richard Harvey on clarinet, which took place at the Silver Lake Vineyard on the 2nd of December 2011.
The packed audience was captivated by the beautiful musical pieces, including Sonata number 1 E flat Opus 20 non. 2 by Johannes Brahms, followed by Frank Bridge’s Lament of the two violas played by Roger Chase and Yukiko Ogura, and Berceuse for viola and piano by Gabriel Faure.
And before the interval, Richard Harvey on clarinet, Jun Komatsu and Yukiko Ogura brought out the beautiful sounds for Two Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano Opus 83 by Max Bruch.
A few more glasses of wine and a break later, Praeludiam and Allegro in the style of Pugnani Fritz Kreisler commenced, followed by Four Duos by Bela Bartok, played by Roger Chase and Yuiko Oguras on violas.
The highlight and the finale of the program was the sublime Kegelstatt trio KV 498 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for viola, clarinet and pianoforte, enchantingly played by the four artists.
The fund raising musical evening ended with a presentation of a viola by Roger and Yukiko to Witaya Tumornsootnorn, representing the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra, as a gift from the MAE foundation. (For more information, go to www. maefoundation.org.uk.)
Check with the Pattaya Mail on a regular basis for details of up-coming concerts at Silver Lake.
Jun Komatsu plays pianoforte.
Su K (left) talks to violists Yukiko Ogura.
A packed audience awaits the concert at Silver Lake.