The 32nd Macao International Music Festival (MIMF), organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC), proceeds with excellent concerts this week. In the concert Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8, the Macao Orchestra (OM) joins hands with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra to present Anton Bruckner’s magnum opus – Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, an exceptional concert not to be missed, to be held on 6 October (Saturday), at 8pm, at the Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium. The music director of the Macao Orchestra, Lu Jia, conducts OM and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, presenting Anton Bruckner's magnum opus – Symphony No. 8 in C Minor (1890 version). It is the longest symphony Bruckner ever wrote, a work that deeply touches humans' feelings and inspirations. The work is filled with lofty beliefs, religious zeal and deep philosophical reflections. The public is advised to purchase tickets as soon as possible as they are now limited. A pre-show talk will be held on the day of the concert, from 7pm to 7:30pm, at the Macao Cultural Centre Conference Room, in which OM’s Music Director, Lu Jia, will explain the work. Interested music aficionados are welcome to register. Seats are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Several other concerts will be staged this week, including the concert Portugal Meets Spain by Portuguese ensemble Sangre Ibérico on 5 October at the Mandarin's House, combining flamenco rumba with Portuguese fado, offering the public an evening of Latin music; and on 6 and 7 October, the concert by the Hagen Quartet from Salzburg offers German and Austrian classics and allows music aficionados to have a glimpse of the evolution of the string quartet through a fantastic music journey.
In order to raise interest and participation of residents in musical activities, this edition of MIMF features different types of outreach activities. The activity Meet-the-artist, features FM3, the electronic music duo from Beijing, who can transform a little plastic box into an experimental electronic music instrument, and who are going to give a short performance of Buddha Boxing. A number of talks and pre-show talks will be held during the Festival, conducted by Mars Lei, Katrine K. Wong, Tina Fu and Leon Chu, exploring the diverse aspects of music and enhancing the audience’ artistic appreciation.
Online registration for the outreach activities is available through the “Activities Registration System” on IC’s webpage at www.icm.gov.mo/eform/event. For more information about the 32nd MIMF programme, ticket purchase and other discounts, please visit the Festival’s website at www.icm.gov.mo/fimm. 24-hour ticketing hotline: 2855 5555. Ticketing website: www.macauticket.com.