Artistry fills the air in Macao

Travel | 11 Sep 2020

Fill your heart with music this autumn as the Culture Affairs Bureau of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government (ICM) is organizing a bounty of mesmerizing events. Check out some of the highlights below.

Macao International Music Festival to enhance the public's interest in music

Bringing relief to the community amidst the epidemic, this year's Macao International Music Festival, themed on ‘For a Special Year’, presents a total of 20 performances by local music groups from August 22, including concerts, and other activities such as ‘Enjoy Music in Cinema: Screening of Musical Movies’, ‘Street Piano Programme’ and the eco-friendly ‘Musical Instruments DIY Workshop’, and more.

Affected by the global outbreak, this year’s Festival will be largely based on local concerts, with community performances presented by with 18 local music groups totalling over 300 musicians, instead of overseas performers.

The Festival has successfully held two community concerts, viz, the ‘Chinese Music Camp’ on 22 August, and the ‘Late-Summer Music Camp’ on 29. In September, the Festival will continue to host a wide range of community activities.

Scheduled for19 September, the ‘Family Music Camp’ concert features the Macao Band Directors Association, the Macau Philharmonic Association, the Macao A Cappella Association and the Dream Project Association, with a number of familiar musical pieces from world famous anime, for instance, Howl's Moving Castle, Frozen and Doraemon.

Another interactive fun-filled concert, named ‘Family Fun Music Day’, will be held on 26 September. Performed by local music groups, including Macao Chinese Orchestra; Macao Percussion Association; Water Singers Vocal Ensemble; Casa de Portugal em Macau; and Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra Association, the concert will cover popular classics such as Peter and the Wolf.

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In addition, the ICM will closely monitor the progression of the epidemic, strictly follow the related anti-epidemic guidelines of the health authorities and implement appropriate measures for cultural activities. All participants must wear a face mask, undergo body temperature checks and present a valid health code.


Macao Orchestra kicks starts the 2020-21 Concert Season

The Macao Orchestra (OM), under the auspices of the ICM, will be inaugurating its 2020-21 Concert Season on October 20. Themed on ‘Footprints of Masters’, the Concert Season this year commemorates the anniversary of the birth and death of numerous music masters from different eras. An array of outstanding musicians and renowned artistic groups are invited to present masterpieces.

Brimming with charms of classical music, the new Concert Season kicks off with the passionate and poetic ‘2020-21 Season Opening Concert - Vadim Repin and Macao Orchestra’, in which OM will joins hands with internationally acclaimed violinist, Vadim Repin.

In commemoration of the 120th anniversary of the death of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, the Concert Season will be concluded with the ‘2020-21 Season Closing Concert - Verdi Opera Gala’.

Drawing OM’s Concert Season to a perfect finale, Italian renowned soprano Maria Agresta and tenor Marco Berti will perform a repertoire of melodious opera arias in the concert.

A variety of captivating performances will also be featured in the new Concert Season. Concerts include ‘Tchaikovsky No. 1’ concert; ‘Starry Vienna - New Year Concert’; ‘The British Echo’ concert; ‘Valentine’s Day Concert - Love in Spring’; ‘Piano Chamber Indulgence’; and ‘The Enduring Memories of Paris, performed by renowned musicians including emerging Chinese pianist Tianxu An who shone in the International Tchaikovsky Competition; internationally acclaimed Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son; and Grammy award winner Sumi Jo.

If you are a fan of the era of silent films, make sure you catch the film concert ‘MGM and Macao Orchestra Special Present: Charlie Chaplin – Modern Times’ held at the MGM Theatre - the first dynamic theatre in Asia. Jointly hosted by OM and its arts partner MGM, the concert, conducted by Timothy Brock, offers music aficionados a superb audiovisual experience.

To develop youngsters’ interest in classical music and ability in music appreciation through a variety of music activities, OM will join hands with Platypus Theatre from Canada, music duo Igudesman & Joo, and renowned local theatre company Little Mountain Arts Association, to present three concerts in the ‘Fun Music’ concert series of the new Concert Season.

Tickets for the first four concerts of the new Concert Season will be on sale from 10 am on 12 September at the Macau Ticketing Network. Enjoy a 40% early bird discount in the first 14 days of ticket sale.

In addition, it is the first time for ‘Agu’, the mascot of ICM’s Cultural Ambassador to join the OM to launch an exquisite limited-edition ticket wallet.

The Macao Orchestra 2020-21 Concert Season

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