34th Macau International Music Festival Presents “Song of Tomorrow”

MACAU, September 14 – 34e The Macao International Music Festival (MIMF), organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC, from the Portuguese acronym), will be held from September 25 to October 29. Under the theme “Song of Tomorrow”, this edition of the MIMF will feature a number of outreach programs and activities, bringing together the melodies of joy, love and hope to create a kaleidoscopic spiritual world, inspiring the audience to move forward with music and welcome a bright future.

Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg opens the festival

This year’s Festival will begin with the symphonic piece Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg. With the interpretation through 22 characters performed by accomplished actor David Wang based on the script rewritten by renowned music critic Yuan-Pu Chiao, as well as the music performed jointly by conductor Zhang Jiemin, soprano Li Xintong, Macau Orchestra and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the exceptional program will take the audience into the fantasy world written by playwright Henrik Ibsen and composer Edvard Grieg.

Great show of Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra; Shenyang presents a musical journey of Tang poetry

Considered “the most powerful figures of the Western classical music scene in China”, renowned conductor Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra will join forces with erhuist Lu Yiwen and pianist Zee Zee to convey the boundless charm of music through a repertoire featuring both Chinese and Western genres. In Variations of Jade – The Journey of Tang Poetrybass-baritone Shenyang, known for his diverse singing styles, will team up with pianist Zhang Yiming and local actor Wong Pak Hou, giving the audience a feast of songs inspired by Tang poetry.

Transmission of Chinese culture and promotion of exchanges in the Greater Bay Area, presentation of an image of Lingnan music

In the concert butterfly loversfamous Chinese conductor Zhang Guoyong and the Chinese Orchestra of Macao will jointly present the Violin Concerto butterfly lovers with young violinist Wang Zhijong, offering a feast of Chinese orchestral music. In Contemporary meets tradition by Cantonese Music Assembly, young performers of Chinese music from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will perform well-known Cantonese music and the premiere of Cantonese music composition Clouds at Sunset in Autumn in Macau, presenting an image of Cantonese music with Lingnan culture, showing innovation throughout the transmission of Cantonese music.

A romantic encounter with jazz music unfolds; young musicians take the stage to demonstrate their virtuosity

Jazz trumpet player and composer Li Xiaochuan, in collaboration with several mainland Chinese jazzmen, will present Li XiaochuanSounds, offering a repertoire of widely acclaimed jazz pieces and taking audiences on a journey to explore the diverse possibilities of music. Outstanding young pianist Chen Yunjie will present the complete Scriabin piano sonatas written throughout his creative career, celebrating the 150e anniversary of the birth of the piano master. In the concert Well done Macau!young violinist Nina Wong will take the stage to show off her talents.

FIMM-tastic Movie and Music Night presents recordings of fado music and sacred music programs

In “FIMM-tastic Music and Movie Night”, recorded special programs from MIMF Voz and Violao by António Zambujo and English Renaissance polyphony – a survey by The Tallis Scholars will be screened at the Taipa Houses Amphitheater and St. Dominic’s Church respectively, showcasing Portuguese fado music and English sacred music on the big screen, allowing audiences to enjoy the sublime sounds of different country and adding pure music to the beauty of Macau.

Tickets for the Macau International Music Festival are available on the Macau ticketing network from 10am on September 18 (Sunday). In order to cooperate with epidemic prevention and control measures and protect public health, point-of-sale ticketing, telephone and online booking will be available simultaneously on the first day of ticket sales. In order to reduce crowds on site, the public is advised to buy their tickets online and by telephone. An online reservation system is also available for the first day of ticket sales. Members of the public wishing to purchase tickets at Macau Ticketing Network outlets from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first day of ticket sales should book their outlets and time slots through the Macau Ticketing online reservation system. Network from 10 a.m. September 15 (Thursday). Those who need help accessing the online reservation system can go to any of the Macau ticketing network outlets during working hours and the online platform’s opening period, and complete registration with the help of staff. Reservation time slots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each mobile phone number can only be registered once. The public can also book tickets by phone or online without prior registration. On the first day of ticket sales, ticket purchases are limited to a maximum of six tickets per performance, per person. The “E-Consumer Benefit Plan” does not apply to ticket purchases.

Various discounts are offered at this year’s MIMF. A 30% early discount, subject to certain criteria, is available from September 18 to 25, and a 20% discount will be offered from September 26. Audience members who purchase their tickets with a BOC credit card or BOC card will receive a 30% discount on tickets for the opening show. Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg and the show Variations of Jade – The Journey of Tang Poetry, plus a 20% discount on tickets to other shows. A 20% discount will be offered to holders of MasterCard, Visa or UnionPay cards of Luso International Banking Ltd., Banco Nacional Ultramarino, BCM Bank, Tai Fung Bank or OCBC Wing Hang. A 50% discount will be offered to holders of Macau Senior Citizen Card or Disability Assessment Registration Card. Each cardholder may only use one discounted ticket per performance. For each ticket purchase over MOP 500 (net price after discounts), buyers will receive a voucher to enjoy 15% off at select restaurants in Sands Resorts Macau. Buy more, get more! Vouchers are limited, subject to availability. Air Macau customers can enjoy a 20% discount on purchasing tickets at Macau Ticketing Network outlets by presenting their respective boarding pass (flight code NX) within 7 days of their arrived in Macau.

The maximum interior capacity for this edition of the MIMF programs is limited to 75%. In accordance with epidemic control guidelines issued by the Health Bureau’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, members of the public must present one of the following before entering the venue: proof of completion of entire course of the COVID-19 primary series (which includes two doses of the inactivated vaccine or mRNA vaccine) for at least 14 days, or a negative nucleic acid test result issued within 48 hours (self-paid). Those who do not provide the above documents are not allowed to enter the venue and tickets will not be refunded. In addition, members of the public must wear their own face mask, submit to body temperature checks, present a valid “Venue QR Code” (also known as “Venue Code”) and the “Macao Health Code” of the day, and follow anti-epidemic measures and crowd control measures on site. People with fever or respiratory symptoms are not allowed to enter the hall.

This edition of the MIMF counts with the support of the Macao Government Tourism Office, TDM – Teledifusão de Macao, Air Macau and Sands Resorts Macao. For more information on programs and offers, please visit the Festival webpage at www.icm.gov.mo/fimm or the corresponding page on Facebook (“Macao International Music Festival”). For any request, please contact IC by tel. nope. 8399 6699 during office hours. 24-hour ticketing hotlines: 2855 5555 (Macau), 2380 5083 (Hong Kong) and 139 2691 1111 (mainland China). Ticketing website: www.macauticket.com.

The presentation of the programs of the 34e The MIMF was held on September 14 in the conference room of the Macao Cultural Center, in the presence of the President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Leong Wai Man; the director of the Macau Government Tourism Office, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes; the chairman of the executive committee of TDM – Teledifusão de Macau, SA, Lo Song Man; Chairman of the Board and General Manager of Air Macau Company Limited, Chen Hong; Sands Resorts Macau Community Affairs Manager Annie Lam; Deputy Director of Digital Finance Department of Bank of China Macau Branch Choi Ieng Chi; Vice President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Cheong Lai San; and representatives of participating artistic groups.

Gerald R. Schneider