Milestones in the history of a long-running artistic organisation such as the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation are hugely significant, not only as a means to reflect upon and take stock of developments and achievements, but also to envisage what might be possible in the future.
The high musical standards on display at the 30th anniversary concert held at the Thailand Cultural Centre on March 10 were very well received by a capacity audience which was treated to an impassioned performance by an orchestra which currently finds itself in good artistic shape.
As a tribute to visionary beginnings, the first half of the romantically themed programme was identical to that of the very first BSO concerts on Nov 26 and 27, 1982. Beethoven's Egmont Overture is a continual and indeed ultimate symbol of uncompromisingly positive human spirit in the face of adversity, and a highly charged interpretation got the proceedings off to a flying start.
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