The Macao Orchestra (OM, from the Portuguese acronym), under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, presents the concert “Great Symphonic Poems” on Friday, 2 February, at 8pm, at St. Dominic’s Church. Under the baton of OM’s Principal Conductor, Lu Jia, the Orchestra presents the work My Fatherland, a cycle of six symphonic poems by 19th century composer Bedrich Smetana. Admission is free.
19th century Bohemian composer Bedrich Smetana, founder of the Czech nationalistic music, set an extraordinary composition paradigm with his extensive music practice. His symphonic poems My Fatherland, which portray the glorious history, beautiful landscape and heroic characters of the composer’s native land, is the pinnacle of Smetana’s Czech music compositions, a true expression of fervent patriotism and national pride. Due to its length and demand of a high performing technique, the cycle is rarely performed in its entirety. However, this time, under the baton of Conductor Lu Jia, OM will perform the complete symphonic cycle My Fatherland, thereby offering a rare opportunity not to be missed.
Admission to the concert “Great Symphonic Poems” is free. Tickets will be distributed at the St. Dominic’s Church one hour prior to the performance. Distribution is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to a maximum of two tickets per person. For details and enquiries about the programme, please contact OM through tel. no. 2853 0782 during office hours or visit OM’s webpage at www.icm.gov.mo/om.