Organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, the special edition of the Macao International Music Festival, themed “Music October”, will be held from 3 to 31 October. Tickets will be on sale simultaneously through the Macau Ticketing Network outlets, telephone and online booking from 10am on 25 September (Saturday). In order to cooperate with the epidemic prevention and control measures, and to reduce crowd gathering, an online reservation system has been set up for the first day of ticket sales. Members of the public who want to purchase tickets at the outlets from 10am to 12pm on the first day of ticket sales are required to reserve their ticketing slots and outlets through the online reservation system.
Vacancies are still available in the online reservation system (www.macauticket.com/2021fimm_quotasystem) for the first day of ticket sales. The public can take the opportunity to register and is welcome to purchase tickets through telephone and online bookings. Due to the fact that many parts of the world are still affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Festival will continue to focus on concerts by Chinese performers and local rising musicians. This year marks the 110th anniversary of the death of Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler. World-renowned bass-baritone and winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, Shenyang, will join hands with four young musicians, namely Liao Xi, Liu Liyuan, Zhang Jingzhuo and Wei Yun, to present the concert “Dreamful Youth”, featuring classical pieces by Gustav Mahler. Violinist Chen Xi, cellist Zhu Mu and pianist Jaya Sun will present the concert “Tribute to the Classics - Piano Trio to Commemorate the Centenary of Saint-Saëns’ Death”, featuring romantic works such as Saint-Saëns’ Piano Trio No. 2. The concert “Bravo Macao!” offers local young musicians a platform to showcase their talents and artistic achievements. Six rising music stars, namely Wong Sin I, Melody Ho, Chio Chin Hou, Ha Iek, Cheong Tin Ut, and Ng Sok Kun, will share the stage to show their talents. The concert “Contemporary Meets Tradition – Cantonese Music Assembly” will gather young musicians from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to present a combination of traditional Cantonese music and new arrangements of compositions and singing. Several famous Cantonese music pieces will also be presented.
Various types of discounts are available in this year’s Festival. Early bird discounts of 30%, subject to certain criteria, are available from 25 September to 2 October, and a 20% discount will be offered from 3 October onwards. A 25% discount will be offered from 25 September to 2 October on tickets for all shows for purchases with the “CCM Friends”, “OM Friends”, “Friends of the Macao Chinese Orchestra” and “Friends of the Macao Museum of Art”, and a 20% discount on tickets from 3 October. Members of the public who purchase their tickets with BOC Credit Card or BOC Card will receive a 30% discount on tickets for the concerts Chen Sa Piano Recital and East-West Connection in Music, as well as a 20% discount on all other shows. A 20% discount on tickets for all shows is also available for purchases with MasterCard, Visa Card or UnionPay Card from BNU, OCBC Wing Hang Bank, BCM Bank or Tai Fung Bank. A 50% discount on tickets for all shows to holders of Macao Senior Citizen Card or Disability Assessment Registration Card. Each cardholder can only use one discounted ticket per performance. Air Macau customers can enjoy a 20% discount on ticket purchases at the Macau Ticketing Network outlets by presenting their respective boarding pass (flight code NX) within 7 days upon their arrival in Macao.
In addition, registration for the concerts “FIMM-tastic Weekend: Music and Movie Nights” and “Grand Song of the Dong Ethnic Group in Conjiang, Guizhou” can be made from 10am on 25 September to 5:30pm on 8 October through the “Activities Registration System” on IC’s website at www.icm.gov.mo/eform/event. Seats are limited. Each person can only register once for the performance per day and two places will be allocated per day. If the number of applicants exceeds the quota, a random draw will be conducted to determine the final list. Admission is free and seating for the performance is not assigned.
This year’s Festival will also feature outreach programmes such as masterclasses, workshops, pre-show talks, exhibitions, outdoor performances and charity sessions. Interested parties can register online through IC’s “Activities Registration System” at www.icm.gov.mo/eform/event.
IC will strictly follow the relevant anti-epidemic guidelines of the Health Bureau and implement appropriate measures for cultural activities. For more information about the programmes, ticket purchase and discounts, please check the “Macao International Music Festival booklet (the PDF version can be downloaded at www.icm.gov.mo/fimm), subscribe to IC’s official WeChat account (IC_Art_Macao), or follow the respective page on Facebook (search “Macao International Music Festival”).