Hikotaro Yazaki returns for PILC charity orchestral concert

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Conductor Hikotaro Yazaki headlined a charity concert featuring two orchestras, organized by the Pattaya International Ladies Club to raise much needed funds for the Mercy Center.

The Thai professional orchestra Promusika and the SSMS Orchestra, organized by Silpakorn University, shared top billing for the May 2 concert at the Tiffany Theater attended by 100 foreigners and Thais.

Hikotaro Yazaki conducts the SSMS Orchestra from Silpakorn University for the PILC charity concert.Hikotaro Yazaki conducts the SSMS Orchestra from Silpakorn University for the PILC charity concert.

The famed Silpakorn student orchestra performed opuses by the great composers, including Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5”, Paul Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes”, and Koussevitzky’s Double Concerto. The solo double bass of the “Double Concerto” was performed by Kunakorn, the champion of a National Beethoven Competition in 2014.

Yazaki is well-known in the classical music community in Thailand as a world-famous and international conductor, having won many awards and performing both here and abroad. He is best known for conducting the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.

PILC President Helle Rantsen (4th left) is among well-wishers thanking conductor Hikotaro Yazaki after the concert.PILC President Helle Rantsen (4th left) is among well-wishers thanking conductor Hikotaro Yazaki after the concert.

His Promusika orchestra performed the opuses of ML Asani Pramote, Mozart, and Bela Bartok. The concert presented the songs in two styles, Divertimento and Diversions.

The song “Diversions for Strings” by Asani was composed to test the abilities of the young Promusika musicians.