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30th Macao International Music Festival
October 1, 2016 - October 30, 2016
The Macao International Music Festival has been a melodious music journey since its birth on 24th October 1987.
Thirty years have passed, the Festival has grown and developed through hard times, and evolved to become a monumental experience. The annual rendezvous, together with dancing notes and exhilarative resonance, creates a channel for the artistic nutrients from different parts of the world to infuse into the pulse of the city. This broadens the horizon of the city to a global level and enhances the artistic humanism of the citizens.
The Festival has been developing over the last three decades, during which time China has peacefully developed while Macao has continued to thrive. At this juncture, we would like to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Festival by enchanting you with magnificent masterpieces as well as works of ethnic appeal, presented by virtuosi home and abroad under the theme of “Glorious 30．The Sinophone Rhapsodies”, to fully savour the true beauty of music from China and the world.
Featuring 20 programmes, this iteration will begin with Puccini’s three-act opera Turandot, which is specially produced by the Festival, narrating a story between a Chinese Princess and Prince of Tartary with western artistic imagination. Lü Jia together with the Macao Orchestra will present this masterpiece jointly with the world-renowned Italian stage director Giancarlo del Monaco and the famous set and costume designer William Orlandi. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Tang Xianzu, the first local original chamber opera A Dream of Fragrancy has been produced. Accentuating the topic of life and death, the opera borrows the theme of the Dream of Macao to pay the deepest tribute to this literary giant and his Four Dreams of Linchuan.
An impressive maestro in today’s classical music circles, Valery Gergiev will lead Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra to captivate the symphonic masterworks by major Russian musical giants Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Besides, the majestic China Philharmonic Orchestra, prestigious Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet, international well-known huqinmaestro Xu Ke, eminent jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, British percussion ensemble the Colin Currie Group, Portuguese Fado singer Carminho, and many other artists will appear on stage within this iteration.
The Festival closes with Chaplin Once More!. Two Chaplin movies will be screened together with live scores played by the Macao Orchestra under the baton of a renowned film score composer Timothy Brock, to represent the permanently impressive and humorous amusement of Chaplin, showcasing Chaplin’s musical talent and being the perfect full-stop of this year’s Festival.
On the 30th anniversary of the Festival, we shall also host a two-day Macao International Music Festival Forum, inviting prominent practitioners and directors of music festivals from overseas to discuss and share opinions on music and arts festivals and cultural development of cities, as well as seeking further opportunities for exchanges and co-operations.
This year, the Festival boasts a variety of programmes. Once again, on behalf of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, I would like to invite you to this annual music gala in October, to let the breeze open your heart and the music irrigate your soul. Every programme not only promises rich acoustic experiences, but also opens up a wonderful journey of enlightenment and an artistic baptism with world-class music of grandeur and elegance.
We are looking forward to meeting you again, with music resonating in our souls under the theme “Glorious 30．The Sinophone Rhapsodies”!
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