The Macao Orchestra (OM, from the Portuguese acronym), under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, presents the concert “Weekend Music Party – The Baby’s First Musical Experience” on Saturday, 17 March, at 4pm, at the Dom Pedro V Theatre, offering all expectant parents a professional prenatal music experience with their babies.
It is widely known that music plays an important role in prenatal education. It can stimulate the foetus auditory nerves and lay a foundation for the development of the unborn interest in music and the cultivation of the baby’s imagination in a later stage of life. When prenatal education becomes a habit in daily life, mothers will spend some time on it despite their busy schedule. Research demonstrated that the foetus in development starts hearing sounds and audio frequencies from the outside world at about five to six months. Listening to light music and singing by parents has a positive impact in the development of the babies’ senses.
The concert features a number of musical pieces with vocation for prenatal education, such as Mozart’s soft and beautiful Serenade in G Major and Haydn’s light divertimento, the Divertimento No. 1 in B-flat Major, among others, suitable for pregnant women to engage in musical interaction with their babies.
In addition, the Macao Orchestra will organize the “Talk: Music and Pregnancy” at 2:30pm on the same day of the concert, at the Multifunction Hall located on the third floor of Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, in which a music therapist will elucidate parents about the concept of prenatal music education. Admission to the talk is free and interested music lovers are welcomed to register by calling 2853 0782 during office hours.
Tickets for the concert “Weekend Music Party – Baby’s First Musical Experience” are priced at MOP120 and MOP100. Ticketing hotline: (853) 2855 5555. Ticketing website: www.macauticket.com. For details and enquiries about the programme, please contact OM through tel. no. (853) 2853 0782 during office hours or visit the Macao Orchestra webpage at www.icm.gov.mo/om.