This year is the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Goethe Institute, the cultural outreach program of the German government. Currently there are 13 institutions in Germany and branches in 128 countries around the world. Many events have been held worldwide to celebrate the occasion. One of those was the invitation of honored guests to visit Germany in the
"Berlin Revisited: Trip on the occasion of the Goethe-Institute's 60th anniversary" on 2-11 July 2011
Dr.Sugree Charoensook, Dean of College of Music, Mahidol University was one of those special invited guests. During the trip, he toured various concert halls, watched a performance of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, gave interviews to German television programs, took a hydroplane flight, visited the German Government House, etc. The primary activity was to participate in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Goethe Institute, held at the Berlin Gemäldegalerie. There were approximately one thousand guests from the arts and politics there including Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe Institute and Guido Westerwelle. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany.
For this occasion, the Goethe Institute selected 13 people who work closely with the Institute. The awardees were selected out of approximately 1,300 people. Asia had 3 representatives selected (the others from South Korea and Sri Lanka). Dr. Sugree Charoensook was the awardee selected from Southeast Asia.
The award was 100,000 Euros per year for a period of 3 years, to support a special arts program in the region. Dr. Sugree has announced that with the award he will support the founding of a Chamber Music Training Program for Southeast Asia. "The goal of this project” Dr. Chroensook said “is for young people from ASEAN countries coming to live together, learn together with the same teacher, playing the same song, working with the same conductor, and then creating something new”.
When asked about the schedule for the program, Dr. Sugree replied, "I will do it immediately." he said, "We will audition musicians from the southeast Asia region for chamber music, beginning in March. They will come to Thailand to participate in a music camp for 10 days, and after that, go to perform in the major cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, Yangon, Bangkok, etc."
Date : July 19, 2011