Swiss embassy hosts a night of music

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A Swiss-American duo entertained with 19th century songs from Johannes Brahms and Edward Grieg at a Bangkok recital hosted by Swiss Ambassador Christine Schraner-Burgener.  Swiss singer Liv Lange Rohrer, a mezzosoprano, and American pianist Parvati Mani played for two hours at the embassy Sept. 21.

Welcoming guests, Schraner-Burgener – a noted musician herself – said she was happy to have a singer from her homeland as a guest.  She added she hoped to organize more such events.

Swiss ambassador, Christine Schraner-Burgener (3rd left), poses with the two artists and other guests at the conclusion of the concert on Sept. 21 in Bangkok. Swiss ambassador, Christine Schraner-Burgener (3rd left), poses with the two artists and other guests at the conclusion of the concert on Sept. 21 in Bangkok.

Rohrer was born in Luzern into a family of musicians.  She studied at the Luzerner music academy and, between 2008 and 2011, sang in London, the Netherlands and at home.  She and her husband moved this year to Bangkok, where she studies at the Mahidol College of Music.

She has already performed in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s “B- Mass in Moll,” Vivaldi’s “Nisi Dominus,” Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater,” and other operas.

Mani grew up in Vienna – Virginia – and came to Interlochen at age 15 to study at an art academy with Yoshikazu Nagai.  She has won several prestigious awards and played at many festivals including the Bejing International Festival and East Festival.  She has been in Bangkok since 2010, also studying at Mahidol.

Liv Lange Rohrer treats the audience to her full vocal range. Liv Lange Rohrer treats the audience to her full vocal range.

Parvati Mani (left) put in a virtuoso performance on the piano. Parvati Mani (left) put in a virtuoso performance on the piano.