The Macao Orchestra 2017-18 Concert Season raises the baton in September featuring a host of local and internationally renowned musicians, maestros and virtuosos. Here are just a few of the highlights of a spectacular all-star season that is not to be missed.

 See also: Interview: Macao Orchestra Conductor Lü Jia

Starry Vienna – New Year Concert

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Conductor Johannes Fritzsch (Photo: Courtesy of Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government)

To present a Viennese feast of music from the Strauss family has become an international New Year’s tradition. This year, OM, under the baton of the acclaimed German conductor Johannes Fritzsch, brings to the audience the rich and colourful sound of Vienna. In addition to traditional Viennese New Year music, the orchestra will play opera excerpts by Russian composer Tchaikovsky and German composer Emmerich Kálmán, adding a hint of exoticism to this seasonal rite.

Programme
Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Johann Strauss II: Schwipslied from A night in Venice (Eine Nacht in Venedig)
Johann Strauss II: Emperor Waltz, Op. 437
Johann Strauss II: Polka Schnell Long Live the Magyar! (Eljen a Magyar), Op. 332
And more . . .

December 30
Grand Auditorium, Macao Cultural Centre, Av. Xian Xing Hai, Nape
+853 2853 0782, icm.gov.mo.om, macauticket.com

Piano Giant

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Stefan Vladar (Photo by Marco Borggreve)

The three German and Austrian music giants—Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner—share a similar musical tradition and style. This extraordinary concert presents a trio of works in different forms by the three composers, namely orchestral overture, piano concerto and symphony, in a joint performance by OM’s music director Lü Jia and acclaimed Austrian pianist Stefan Vladar.

Programme
Brahms: Overture to Academic Festival, Op. 80
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
Bruckner: Symphony in F minor, WAB 99, ”Study Symphony”

January 1, 2018
Grand Auditorium, Macao Cultural Centre, Av. Xian Xing Hai, Nape
+853 2853 0782, icm.gov.mo.om, macauticket.com

Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Anniversary: Lio Kuokman and OM

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Lio Kuokman (Photo by Robert Cummerow)

Within the classical recording industry, the term "crossover" is applied to classical artists' recordings of popular repertoire such as Broadway show tunes and jazz. And, of course, the process works in reverse; a number of popular music artists have successfully incorporated elements of classical music in their work. This concert will feature works by two leading exponents of cross-over—George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein—showcasing the widespread appeal of the music created when classical meets pop. Conductor and pianist Lio Kuokman will lead the orchestra while playing the piano for Gershwin’s masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue.

Programme
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Bernstein: Fancy Free Suite
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

February 24, 2018
Grand Auditorium, Macao Cultural Centre, Av. Xian Xing Hai, Nape
+853 2853 0782, icm.gov.mo.om, macauticket.com

The Musical Footprint of Dvořák

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Mario Brunello (Photo by Massimo Branca)

Dvořák is the beacon of 19th-century nationalistic music, with his brilliant composition skills, as well as his intriguing sensory charms. The composer’s works conflate the German and Austrian symphonic tradition with the magic of Slovak folk music. In this concert, the celebrated Italian cellist and International Tchaikovsky Competition winner Mario Brunello will mark his debut in Macau with Dvořák’s artistically outstanding Cello Concerto, and Symphony No. 8, inspired by the Bohemian folk music that he loved.

Programme
Dvořák: Legends, Op. 59, No. 1
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88

March 10, 2018
Grand Auditorium, Macao Cultural Centre, Av. Xian Xing Hai, Nape
+853 2853 0782, icm.gov.mo.om, macauticket.com

The Nordic Echoes

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Clara Jumi Kang (Photo by Marco Borggreve)

Cold, rigid and lonesome, the Nordic sound from Finland is one of a kind in the world of music and Sibelius is undoubtedly its most acclaimed representative. Indeed, if not for his unique ethnic compositions aimed at the Finnish people, Finland would not be on the map of European music tradition today. This concert features two of his timeless works: symphonic poem Tapiola and Violin Concerto in D minor. German-born South Korean violinist Clara Jumi Kang, who began making solo appearances with major symphony orchestras and recorded Beethoven’s Triple Concerto by the age of nine, is the Macao Orchestra’s special guest soloist.

Programme
Sibelius: Tapiola, Op. 112
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

April 20, 2018
St Dominic’s Church, Rua de S Domingos
+853 2853 0782, icm.gov.mo.om, macauticket.com

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

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Macao Orchestra Conductor Lü Jia (Photo: Courtesy of Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government)

In the vast western music canon, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, also known as the Choral Symphony, is arguably the only work that receives all the top marks in terms of historical influence, artistic importance and popularity. The work is also the first example of a major composer using the human voice in a purely instrumental symphony. Beethoven, with his groundbreaking final composition, gifted the world with the Ode to Joy—a universally acclaimed work echoing his great ideals of hope, freedom and brotherhood for all humanity. The grandeur of this joyful chorus is a perfect conclusion for the 2017-18 Season.

Programme
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, Choral

July 28, 2018
Macao Cultural Centre - Grand Auditorium, Av. Xian Xing Hai, Nape
+853 2853 0782, +853 2855 5555, icm.gov.mo.om, macauticket.com

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