Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 - 2017-18 concert season closing concert of the Macao Orchestra, under the Cultural Affairs Bureau, will be held on 28 July at the Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium, at 8pm. OM’s Music Director Lu Jia will conduct this masterpiece and several talented young Chinese vocalists in the international classical music scene have been invited to perform on the same stage. Together with the participation of Taipei Philharmonic Chorus, OM will offer the audience a high-quality concert. Tickets are now on sale at macauticket.com.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 reached the pinnacle of historical influence, artistic merit and range of audience in western classical music. The Op. 125, which consists of four movements, is the final complete symphony composed by Beethoven between 1818 and 1824. It is a well-known piece and is considered Beethoven’s magnum opus. After experiencing years of emotional struggle and creative blocks, the composer created this masterpiece when he was on the verge of becoming completely deaf and entering his late period of composition, skilful, profound, exploratory and experimental. This work fully demonstrates how Beethoven elevated the symphony from a traditional genre into an art carrier that possesses great dramatic significance and philosophical character, as well as touches upon great propositions and makes statements in front of the whole humanity. By unprecedentedly incorporating vocal elements into the symphony, originally a purely instrumental genre, he allowed the great world-related aspirations to be universally acclaimed and passed down through generations along with the melody of his Ode to Joy. OM has invited young Chinese vocalists including soprano Song Yuanming, mezzo-soprano Niu Shasha, tenor Shi Yijie and bass Guan Zhijing, who, together with vocal interpretation of the Taipei Philharmonic Chorus, will offer a perfect ending to the concert season.
A pre-concert talk on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 led by Lu Jia will be held at the Macao Cultural Centre Conference Room on the same day from 7 to 7:30 pm, aiming at allowing the audience to better appreciate and understand the concert. All music aficionados are welcome to register for the talk via the official WeChat account “Macau Orchestra”, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets for OM’s 2017-18 Concert Season Closing Concert - Beethoven Symphony No. 9 are priced at MOP 400, MOP 350, MOP 250 and MOP 150. Holders of BOC Multi-Currency Credit Card or BOC Card can enjoy an exclusive 30% discount on their purchases. Ticket hotline is 28555555. For details and enquiries, please call OM at 28 530782 during office hours or visit OM’s website at www.icm.gov.mo/om.