May 2019 has been a very significant month for the people of Thailand, as the nation celebrated the most important event of the year — the auspicious coronation of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The first coronation to take place in the past 69 years, the event was for all of us a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle, marked by a stunning unity of royal opulence and ancient tradition. Commemorating the auspicious occasion, the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) hosted a one-of-a-kind concert, under the royal patronage of HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana. Held in the main auditorium of the Thailand Cultural Center, the performance honoured His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn with a special ‘Crown Imperial for His Majesty’.
Under the talented conductor’s baton of world-renowned Greek conductor Stafanos Tsialis, the special performance also featured a solo performance by internationally acclaimed Icelandic musician Dimitri Ashkenazy on the clarinet. Through moving renditions of Mozarts’ Clarinet Concerto, and Beethovens’ Symphony No. 5, the concert was an expression of the loyalty, love, and respect felt by the people towards the new monarch.
The concert was made possible through the collaboration between both government agencies, as well as prominent names from the private sector, including the likes of B.Grimm and the Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Public Company. The evening was graced by the familiar faces in society’s A-list crowd, with influential guests such as Nunthinee Tanner, Prateep Tangmatitham and Sarakit Chutikul. Scroll to see who else was there.