The event “Art Macao” continues to offer the public multiple artistic experiences with a festive atmosphere throughout the city. In addition to organizing art exhibitions and outdoor large-scale installations in all different corners of Macao, this summer will bring even more brilliant concerts and performances, including the 2019-20 season opening concerts of the Macao Orchestra and the Macao Chinese Orchestra, as well as the Haojiang Moonlight Night – Dance Drama “Thangka”, showcasing different forms of art that should not be missed by art aficionados.
The Macao Orchestra 2019-20 Season Opening Concert “Alban Gerhardt and Macao Orchestra” will be held on 31 August at 8pm. Under the baton of the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Macao Orchestra Lu Jia, the Macao Orchestra will present three masterpieces, with the cooperation of internationally acclaimed cellist Alban Gerhardt. The masterpieces are Dvořák's Carnival Overture, which celebrates the eternal flame of life; Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 in E major, which uses the clash between cello and ensemble as a metaphor of the conflicts of the individual against the society; Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor, unveiling a drama that combines sadness and happiness and demonstrates the composer’s confrontation with his destiny.
On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Macao’s Handover to China, the Macao Chinese Orchestra will kick off its new music season with the concert “Festival” on 1 September, at 8 pm. Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Macao Chinese Orchestra, Liu Sha, will join hands with the Head of the Guangdong National Orchestra, Chen Zuohui, to perform the percussion classic Flying Dragons and Jumping Tigers. Accomplished pianist Yuan Fang was also specially invited to perform the “Yellow River” Piano Concerto. The programme of the concert also features the commissioned work Macao Impressions by famous composer Zhao Jiping, and Journey to Lhasa by master Kuan Naichung, as well as other classics.
In order to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, the dance drama Haojiang Moonlight Night – Dance Drama “Thangka” will be staged on 13 September at 8pm, promoting the art of Thangka painting. This dance drama featuring historical and humanistic sentiments integrates local folk customs, music, dance, architecture, painting and other elements of Qinghai, presenting the local customs, and inheriting and preserving intangible cultural heritage. The widely acclaimed dance drama Thangka is jointly organized by the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs Office of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China and the Cultural Affairs Bureau, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China and the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, co-organized by the Qinghai Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism and presented by the Qinghai Province Performing Arts Group Co., Ltd.
The above performances will be held at the Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium. Tickets are available at the Macau Ticketing Network, with various discount packages available. 24-hour ticketing hotline: 28555555. Online ticketing: www.macauticket.com. For more information about “Art Macao”, please visit the respective page at www.artmacao.mo, its official Instagram account “artmacao”, “IC Art” page on Facebook and WeChat account “ICmacao”, or download the application “Art Macao”.