The Macao Orchestra (OM, from the Portuguese acronym) under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, presented the concert “Piano Encounter – Meet Louis Again”, part of the Orchestra’s Maestros with Charisma series, on Saturday, 10 June, at 8pm, at the Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium. Two renowned musicians in the music circles, Hungarian conductor Gilbert Varga and Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel, were invited to perform with the OM, offering the public a high-quality concert.
The concert’s programme included Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, which pianist Louis Schwizgebel recorded last year with the BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Overturn to The Fair Melusina and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major. Mendelssohn’s Overturn to The Fair Melusina describes a medieval French legend and opened the evening with its beautiful melodies. In turn, Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor reflected the splendour and sophistication of French music and its tradition of witty humour. Finally, Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major brought subtle feelings of tranquillity. Acclaimed Hungarian conductor Gilbert Varga used his meticulous and refined conducting technique to present the three musical pieces in a brilliant and vivid way.
In tandem with this concert, OM organised the sharing session “Music hour with Louis Schwizgebel” on 9 June, at the Macao Cultural Centre Conference Room, where the pianist Louis Schwizgebel shared with music aficionados the perseverance and devotion behind his career, allowing the public to benefit of musical aspects.
Additionally, OM will present the concert “Weekend Music Party - Memory of Youth” on Saturday, 24 June, at 4pm, at the Dom Pedro V Theatre, certainly a concert music fans must not miss. After the concert, the Macao film Our Seventeen will be screened, recalling the audience memories of youth and the pursuit of music dreams in their youth. All interested parties can join the film appreciation session held on the same day by presenting the ticket of the concert “Weekend Music Party – Memory of Youth”. Tickets for the concert “Weekend Music Party –Memory of Youth” are available at the Macao Ticketing Network at the price of MOP120 and MOP100, with various discount packages available. Ticketing hotline: 2855 5555. For details and enquiries about the programme, please visit Macao Orchestra’s website at www.icm.gov.mo/om.