Grand Concert BosbaPANH on Friday 9th October 2009 at Chaktomuk Hall




at 7:00 - 9:00 PM

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Phnom Penh, 27 August 2009 - bosbaPANH, Khmer coloratura soprano age 12, will give a unique two-hour performance at Chaktomuk Hall, Phnom Penh, on Friday 9th October 2009. She will launch her third CD Album "La Vie en Rose". This is the third concert of bosbaPANH, after the Raffles Hotel Le Royal in 2006 to launch her first album "Phnom Penh" at the age of 9 and Chaktomuk Hall in 2007 for her second album SrorMae when she was 10 years old. The Concert "Our Mothers" is celebrating the love and dedication of mothers. 

As bosbaPANH enters adulthood she remembers her grand mother's role in her family, is called to observe the life and responsibilities of Cambodian women. Set in the mid 20th century, the story starts with an exploratory journey of a family of teachers from their province to the capital city of the Kingdom. The French are debating about their civilizing mission in Indochina and this family will need to relocate. This is the first time the Mother has travelled, and her discoveries in Phnom Penh are relived in a number scenes through pictures, music, dance and song that recreate what the Mother experienced in travelling up the slow-moving Mekong to Kampuchea Achariya, the Kingdom of Wonder. At the end of the journey, the Mother will need to decide if the family will start a new life in Phnom Penh. 

bosbaPANH interprets a repertoire of songs, images and dance to describe the mother's first journey. The scenes evolve from the hopelessness of war to the slow-moving river and stately sugar palm trees, to happy children singing on their way to a rural school. As the boat moves upstream, she is charmed by the tranquillity of lush, green rice fields. On arriving in Phnom Penh, she glances at the beautiful women dancing the ramvong in a park, on a Sunday afternoon. She sees how love can transform women and also shatter them when it fails. Through these different portraits, the concert is finally a tribute to mothers, the foundation of our families and our society. The concert will include a range of classical pieces such as Concierto Di Aranjuez, Ave Maria; the elegant songs of King Father Sihanouk; traditional mohori Khmer lullabies, and other eternal songs from an international repertoire such as la La Vie en Rose. 

The highlight of the concert is a piece of Ramayana dance where her brother Sibxy Na Panh dances the Yeak, the evil giant, while bosbaPANH sings. The act tells the story of Krong Reap, abducting Princess Sita to be his wife. Sibxy Na Panh expresses the violence of the Powerful when they want a woman or gain more power. The concert features also happy scenes with songs from the legendary Khmer musicians Sin Sisamouth, Pen Ron, Ros Sereysothea. Among the eternal Khmer pop songs are Mlop Po Bakheing (Under the Banyan Tree of Bakeng), Vea Cha Chab Meas (Golden Bird), Apsara (King Father Norodom Sihanouk). bosbaPANH surprises with her dramatic rendition of foreign songs interpreted in Khmer. Among these: La Vie En Rose, a 1946 love song by the French singer Edith Piaf which has been interpreted by famous artists worldwide from Louis Armstrong to Luciano Pavarotti and Grace Jones. Piaf's life symbolizes both resilience in the face of adversity and the triumph of talent and love; and Summertime, an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The song soon became a popular jazz standard. 

bosbaPANH uses this languid jazz melody for a daughter crying over her mother who left to be a bar girl. The two-hour performance is organized by La Compagnie bosbaPANH with the support of Cambodia Mekong Bank Public Limited (MekongBank) and American Express Company. Our thanks also go to Almond Hotel, Feeling Home, DYSCOPE design; InnoAds, Magazine la Reine Fashion and Lifestyle, International Institute of Cambodia, Canadia Bank, T&C restaurants, Somarita Restaurant, Naga World, PPMl outdoor advertising, Kambuja Fashion, Societe Concessionnaire des Aeroports, Phibious Advertising Company. 

Tickets for the concert are available at Monument Books, T&C outlets, BB World, Pizza World. Exclusive seating 15$; Premium Seating: 10$ and general seating $5. 

More about our partners: 

MekongBank has been an important member of the Cambodian financial community since 1994. With branches and offices in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, and Siem Reap, we provide a full range of banking services to businesses and individuals throughout the country. MekongBank was the first financial institution in Cambodia to issue credit cards in its own name and remains a leader in that fast-growing sector of the banking business. MekongBank is the exclusive issuer of the American Express Card in Cambodia and the only commercial bank in the country to offer all four major international cards. MekongBank is also a founding member of the Easy Cash domestic ATM network, which provides convenient access to banking services for a large number of Cambodian banking customers. 

American Express is a diversified worldwide travel, financial and network services company, founded in 1850. It is a world leader in charge and credit cards, Travelers Checks, travel and business services. Since 1996, American Express has been pursuing a strategy of opening its merchant network and card product portfolio to third party issuers around the world. By leveraging its global infrastructure and the powerful appeal of the brand, American Express has gained an even broader reach for its network worldwide. American Express has now established 129 partnerships in 129 markets across the world.

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