The year 2021 marks the 230th anniversary of the death of the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. To commemorate this great composer and legendary figure of classical music, the Macao Orchestra (OM, from the Portuguese acronym), will join hands with internationally renowned Chinese conductor and pianist Xu Zhong to present the concert “The Legend of Mozart” on 23 January 2021, at 8pm, at the Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium. Moreover, three spectacular concerts with free admission will be held in January, welcoming the New Year with music aficionados and injecting vitality to the city.
The concert “The Legend of Mozart” will feature Mozart’s famous works, including Overture to Don Giovanni, K.527 and Symphony No. 41 in C, K.551 “Jupiter”. Conductor Xu Zhong is the first Chinese conductor ever to serve as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Italy and is the current Principal Director of the Fondazione Arena di Verona and Arena di Verona Festival in Italy. In this concert, Xu Zhong will personally perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat, K271 “Jeunehomme”, offering a true musical feast to music aficionados. The concert “The British Echo”, scheduled to be held on the same day, will be cancelled due to the fact that overseas artists will not be able to visit Macao.
More performances will also be presented by OM in January. The concert “Flourishing Arts”, will be held on 9 January, at 8pm, at the University Hall (N2) of the University of Macau, providing a platform for young musicians. Award winners of the 38th Macao Young Musicians Competition, including Leong Ieng Ieng, Che Chong Hei, Kong Kit Man, Ou Hoi Kuan, Wang Iat Fan, among others, will join OM on stage and perform under the leadership of the Assistant Conductor of the Macao Orchestra Francis Kan. The violinist from Singapore, Chloe Chua, will not be able to visit Macao due to the epidemic.
The concert “When Music Speaks – Discover Mozart”, one of the concert season’s highlights, will be held on 16 January, at 8pm, at the University Hall (N2) of the University of Macau, in which the Music Director of the Macao Orchestra Lu Jia will talk about Mozart’s life and lead the Orchestra to perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 1 written at the age of eight, as well as Mozart’s refined excerpts from Symphony No. 33 written in the later period. In addition, the concert “Music at World Heritage” will be held on 30 January, at 8pm, at the Dom Pedro V Theatre, featuring wind repertoire composed by Mozart, Haydn, Poulenc and Bach. The audience will be able to enjoy the beautiful classical music and experience the history in a world heritage building which has a history of more than 160 years.
Tickets for the concert “The Legend of Mozart” are available from 26 December through the Macau Ticketing Network at www.macauticket.com or outlets and are priced at MOP250, MOP200 and MOP150, with various packages available. Ticketing hotline 2855 5555. The duration of the concerts “Flourishing Arts”, “When Music Speaks – Discover Mozart” and “Music at World Heritage” is approximately 1 hour. Admission to the concert will be made with free tickets. Limited tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 12pm on 18 December for registration through the Macao Orchestra’s website at www.icm.gov.mo/om or the official WeChat account “MacaoOrchestra”.
The Macao Orchestra sincerely thanks music aficionados for their support, strictly follow the relevant guidelines of the Health Bureau, implement appropriate measures for all performances and activities and continue to present high-quality classical music performances. For more information and updates on the concerts, please visit the Macao Orchestra website and its official WeChat account. For enquiries, please contact the Macao Orchestra’s hotline through tel. no. 2853 0782 during office hours.