The lights were dimmed. The noise subsided. And in the silence that enveloped the iconic Chaktomuk Theater, the sounds of roneat phlua, kong phlua, tro, sralai and skor reverberated inside the symbolic venue. And with their most graceful movements, five women – all dressed in Apsara costume – performed the ‘Robam Choun Por’. The spotlight then turned to the orchestra, positioned just below the stage, as they played the ouverture. The beautiful exchange of music from the two groups created the perfect start of “A Cambodian Magic Flute”.

Agnes Alpuerto, Khmer Times March 16, 2018