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Macao Orchestra greets new year with ‘Classical meets Impressionism’

Concert will feature internationally renowned conductor Xu Zhong and mainland Chinese diva Dong Fang.

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Concert will feature internationally renowned conductor Xu Zhong and mainland Chinese diva Dong Fang.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:46 am

The Macao Orchestra is due to hold a concert on 15 January titled “Classical meets Impressionism”, the Cultural Affairs Bureau has announced.

The Macao Orchestra, together with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra under mainland Chinese conductor Xu Zhong, in collaboration with mainland Chinese singer Dong Fang, will welcome the new year with “classical and impressionist music”. 

Xu Zhong is “the first Asian musician to serve as the artistic director of the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Italy”. Xu will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as a soloist during the concert with the orchestra.

Xu Zhong and Dong Fang
Xu Zhong (left) and Dong Fang (right) – Photo courtesy of the Cultural Affairs Bureau

Dong, who is among the top young mezzo-sopranos of state broadcaster CCTV, will sing the soprano part in the concert, as well as perform French composer Maurice Ravel’s Trois poèmes de Mallarmé (“Three poems of Mallarmé”; Stéphane Mallarmé was a 19th century French poet and critic) with the orchestra. 

The orchestra will also perform Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte (“Pavane for a Dead Princess”; pavane being a slow processional dance common in Europe during the 16th century) and Le tombeau de Couperin, the statement added.

A tombeau is a musical composition commemorating the death of a notable individual.

The concert will be held at the Macao Cultural Centre’s Grand Auditorium at 8 pm on 15 January. Tickets are priced from MOP 150 to MOP 250, The Macau Post Daily reported.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:46 am

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