Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 3

29th Macao International Music Festival Opening Concert

Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium

MOP 300, 250, 200

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Conductor: Lü Jia
Charlotte Hellekant, Mezzo-soprano
Macao Orchestra
China NCPA Orchestra
China NCPA Choir
Macao Youth Choir


G. Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 is one of the most extensive works in music history. In this magnum opus Mahler skillfully expresses his deep affection for nature, humanity and God and celebrates, in the finale, the supreme status to which God and man conjoin. The lengthiest of all of Mahler’s symphonies, hence posing a huge challenge to the conductor and orchestra, the work requires a large-scale ensemble of more than one hundred musicians alongside nearly a hundred female singers and a children chorus. Such gigantic and complex manpower reflects Mahler’s brand new mindset about symphonic music, and illustrates the magnificent and delicate effects of the piece while emphasizing the relationship between man and nature.

In the 29th MIMF opening concert, featuring world- renowned mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant singing the beautiful solo parts of this great symphony, the Macao Orchestra, under the baton of its Music Director and Principal Conductor, Lü Jia, joins hands with the China NCPA Orchestra and Choir and the Macao Youth Choir to present this tour de force at the Macao International Music Festival for the first time.


Duration: approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, no interval