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Thai Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) performs concert in Mandalay

Tai Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) seen performing. Photo: Thiha Ko Ko (Mandalay)
Tai Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) seen performing. Photo: Thiha Ko Ko (Mandalay)

The  Thai Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) gave its performance at the Mandalay National Theatre in Mandalay on 27 August with the attendance of Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung and members of Mandalay Region Government.
At the concert, the Thai Ambassador to Myanmar delivered formal words of greeting before the  TPO played the  Myanmar National Anthem, Myanmar oldies, Beethoven symphonies popular in the Western countries and works by the Russian composer Tchaikovsky. Female dancers from the Fine Arts Department performed Myanmar traditional dances. The Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr Zaw Myint Maung and his wife presented a bouquet of flowers to Thai orchestra.
The TPO is considered one of the best ensembles in South East Asia.
Over the past 10 years, TPO, which was founded by Director Dr. Sugree Charoentra of Mahidol University Musical College in Salaya near Bangkok, is under the patronage of the Royal Thai Government.
The TPO had its first international appearance at the Asian Orchestras Festival in the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in 2009. Its second appearance was at the gala concert for the 15th ASEAN Summit in Thailand. It has since performed in New Zealand in 2012, and Vientiane, Laos in 2013.—Thiha Ko Ko (Mandalay)

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