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Feyenoord

Feyenoord Rotterdam is a Dutch professional football club in Rotterdam, that plays in the Eredivisie, the top tier in Dutch football. Founded as Wilhelmina in 1908, the club changed to various names before settling on being called after its neighborhood in 1912 as SC Feijenoord, updated in 1974 to SC Feyenoord, to Feyenoord Rotterdam in 1978, when it split from the amateur club under its wing, SC Feyenoord. Since 1937, Feyenoord's home ground has been the Stadion Feijenoord, nicknamed De Kuip, one of the largest stadiums in the Netherlands and Europe. Feyenoord is one of the most successful clubs in Dutch football, winning 15 Eredivisie titles, 13 KNVB Cups, 4 Johan Cruyff Shields. Internationally, it has won one European Cup, two UEFA Cups, one Intercontinental Cup; the club has played continuously in the top tier of the Dutch football system since gaining promotion to Eerste Klasse in 1921, more times than any other club in the country, including the likes of Ajax and PSV Eindhoven. Feyenoord is known as a people's club with a huge international support.

Its most successful period was the 1960s and 1970s, when Coen Moulijn and Ove Kindvall led the club to six league titles, two European trophies, an Intercontinental Cup, thereby becoming the first Dutch club in history to win both the European Cup and the Intercontinental Cup. In the 21st century, Feyenoord ended an 18-year league title drought in 2017 and won the 2002 UEFA Cup against Borussia Dortmund in its home stadium. Feyenoord has a longstanding rivalry with Ajax, a clash between two teams from the two biggest cities in the Netherlands, called De Klassieker; the club's anthem is "Hand in Hand". As of 2017, Feyenoord is a multi-sports club, including Sportclub Feyenoord, Feyenoord Basketbal, Feyenoord Futsal and Feyenoord Handball; the football club Wilhelmina was founded in the pub De Vereeniging on 19 July 1908 and played in blue-sleeved red shirts and white shorts. Between 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912, the club underwent a series of changes of name and team colours, becoming Hillesluise Football Club in 1909, RVV Celeritas.

Upon earning promotion to the National football association in 1912, the club renamed to SC Feijenoord, changed uniform once again, adopting the red and white shirts, black shorts and black socks that they still wear today. In 1918, Feijenoord were promoted to the highest level of Dutch football and moved to the ground Kromme Zandweg. After 18 years, the formation of the club and a mere three years after they were promoted to the highest level of Dutch football Feijenoord earned their first honours by capturing the national league championship in 1924; the team enjoyed a string of successes in the latter half of the decade, taking divisional titles in 1926, 1927, 1928 and 1929, winning their second national championship in 1928. Feijenoord won their first Dutch Cup in 1930 by scoring the only goal in a derby final against Excelsior, they continued to dominate their division with three consecutive titles, but were winless in subsequent championship finals. Five years after their first cup win, Feijenoord took the prize for a second time in 1935, by beating HVV Helmond.

Feijenoord started to attract more fans to their stadium at Kromme Zandweg, in 1933, they decided to build a new facility. The club moved to the Feijenoord Stadion in 1937, playing the first match there on 27 March against Beerschot. During this period Feijenoord won three consecutive division titles from 1936 to 1938, with their third and fourth national championships coming in 1936 and 1938. During World War II, Feijenoord played their matches at Sparta Rotterdam's Kasteel, as the Nazis had occupied De Kuip; when Het Kasteel was unavailable due to clashes with Sparta fixtures, Feijenoord played at their former ground, the Kromme Zandweg. Feijenoord again won a division title with a national championship in their fifth Dutch title. During the German occupation of the Netherlands, play continued in Dutch football leagues, though the 1945 championship was cancelled as the war came to its conclusion. During this period, Feijenoord's only trophy was a divisional championship in 1943. After the war, Feijenoord did not perform as well as they had in previous decades, not challenging in their division and so missing the national playoff rounds.

On 30 June 1954, the chairmen of the three biggest Rotterdam teams organised a meeting in Utrecht, attended by several chairmen of other clubs and a delegation of the KNVB to discuss the start of professional football in the Netherlands. The professional era commenced with the first Eredivisie season in 1954/1955. Feijenoord were one of the clubs participating in the inaugural Eredivisie and have never been relegated. One of the most memorable matches in these first years of professional football was the clash between Feijenoord and the Volewijckers at 2 April 1956, which Feijenoord won 11–4, with nine goals by Henk Schouten. Feijenoord would grow an intense rivalry with Ajax. Matches between the two clubs were dubbed as de Klassieker; the first memorable Klassieker from a Feijenoord point of view took place at 11 November 1956, when Daan den Bleijker scored four times to give Feijenoord a 7–3 win over their archrivals. Feijenoord claimed their first professional Eredivisie Championship and their sixth Dutch Championship in 1961.

On the road to the title Ajax was beaten 9–5 in De Kuip, four of Feijenoord's goals were scored by Henk Schouten. The following season, they played their first European Cup match facing IFK Göteborg; the Swedes were beaten 8 -- 2 in Rotterdam. Feijen

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra

The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra gave its inaugural performance at the Royal Thailand Navy Auditorium on 23 June 2005, in a gala concert for the International Trumpet Guild Conference. Over its first six seasons the TPO has impressed and inspired audiences with its performances. Many conductors have led the TPO including Gudni Emilsson, Claude Villaret, Delta David Geir, Leo Phillips, Michalis Economou, Jeannine Wagnar, Dariusz Mikulski, Ligia Amadio, Christopher Hughes and Jeffery Meyer. Soloists from around the world join the TPO for performances and have praised the orchestra for its growth and development in such a short period of time; those guests have included Jens Lindemann, Lambis Vassiliadis, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexandros Economou, Tomas Strasil, Reinhold Friedrich, Cristina Bojin, Karina Di Virgilio, Mischa Maisky, Yoon Jin Kim, Jura Margulis, Christopher Espenschied, Dimitry Ashkenazy, Ara Malikian, Serouj Kradjian, Robyn Schulkowsky, Lucia Aliberti, Otto Schilli among others. The first International appearance by TPO occurred in October 2009 when the Japanese Association of Orchestras extended the invitation to perform at the Asian Orchestras Festival in the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall.

In the same year the Royal Thai Government invited TPO to play at the gala concert for the 15th ASEAN Summit held in Cha-Am in front of 10 Prime Ministers from the 10 ASEAN countries and six from China, Japan, S Korea and New Zealand. On September 29, 2010, TPO had the distinct honor to give a performance for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at Royal Medical College Auditorium, Siriraj Hospital. In the concert TPO paid tribute to His Majesty’s considerable musical talent; the concert served to honor the occasion of the 37th Anniversary of a special concert that His Majesty played for students at the Royal Medical College’s auditorium on September 29, 1973. TPO performs for major national events for the Royal Thai Government, the most recent being to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 84th Birthday Celebration Concert on December 3 at Sanam Luang in downtown Bangkok; the 2014–2015 season was Gudni Emilsson’s tenth season as Chief Conductor of the TPO. He continues the work of attracting a loyal and appreciative following in Thailand, while helping the TPO to build a reputation for performing excellence.

Its annual schedule of more than 70 performances draws from over three centuries of orchestral repertoire as well as chamber and specially-commissioned new music. Early in 2015, the TPO collaborated with American conductor Jeffery Meyer in its international debut album, recording the complete orchestral works by renowned Thai composer, Narong Prangcharoen; the recording will be released by Albany recordings in mid-2015. The TPO is proud to have the patronage of the Royal Thai Government and Mahidol University and enjoys a burgeoning multicultural tradition; the 95-member symphony orchestra is made up of musicians from more than 19 nations. The TPO has been active in recording many traditional Thai songs, has produced 10 CDs of those works. In addition, the TPO has several new projects and collaborations on the horizon including recording sessions, concerts throughout Thailand, several international performances. A list of the principal players of the TPO as of 2015: Sittichai Pengcharoen, concertmaster Inga Causa, principal second violin Colin Wrubleski, principal viola Juris Lakutis, principal cello Maris Arents, principal bass Hiroshi Matsushima and Yu Jin Jung, co-principal flutes Cooper Wright, principal oboe Le Dai and Worawut Khamchuanchuen, co-principal clarinets Christopher Schaub and Patrawut Punputhaphong, co-principal bassoons Nantawat Waranich and Suparchai Sorathorn, co-principal horns Surasi Chanoksakul and Somjate Pookaew, co-principal trumpets Philip Brink and Satit Chomchewchan, co-principal trombones Kitti Sawetkittikul, principal tuba Thayarat Sopolpong, principal percussion Kyle Acuncius, principal timpani College of Music, Mahidol University Official website Facebook Fan Page of the TPO College of Music, Mahidol University - TPO host institution

Merchant Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

The Merchant Hotel known as the Merchants' Hotel, is a historic former hotel building in Portland, United States. It is located at 121 N. W. Second Avenue in Old Town Chinatown, it is a contributing property in the Portland Skidmore/Old Town Historic District, listed on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1977, it is one of the few remaining examples of Victorian Italianate, cast iron architecture on the West Coast. It occupies half of a city block along the south side of N. W. Davis Street from Second to Third Avenues. Brothers Louis and Theodore Nicolai were original owners of the hotel, it took four years to build, the Second Avenue section was completed in 1880. The Third Avenue section opened in 1884. A luxury hotel, it boasted one of the first hydraulic elevators in the city and by 1889 had grown to take up half of the city block; the hotel was purchased by musician Eugene Stebinger in the 1890s. In addition to its use as a hotel, the building "has housed a bar, billiards hall, most notoriously, a cracker factory", wrote author Bart King in 2007.

The last use of any part of the building as a hotel ended in mid-1967. In late 1967 or early 1968, Skidmore Development Company purchased the building along with two adjacent buildings. Ground-floor space along the N. W. Third Avenue side was being used by an appliance store at that time. A renovation and restoration was carried out in 1968–1969. In December 1968, a furniture store became the first post-remodel tenant, occupying one-quarter of the ground-floor space; the upper floors were remodeled as office space. In 1971, the building was repainted in bright green with white trim; the renovation was deemed a success, the shops were described in 1972 as "thriving". In a 1979 article, The Oregonian wrote that the "former Merchants Hotel in Old Town went from abandoned building to cornerstone of Old Town business district, thanks to vision of Bill and Sam Naito," of Skidmore Development Company; the building received a $2 million seismic upgrade in 2004. Among the current tenants are Old Town Pizza and the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, which includes the Japanese American History Museum.

The Faux Museum is in the corner storefront at N. W. Second and Davis; the building is haunted by a ghost called Nina. Haunted locations in Oregon Images of Merchants Hotel from the University of Oregon Digital Archives Images of Merchants Hotel from Flickr