The 34th Macau International Music Festival kicks off on September 25 with the symphonic piece Peer Gynt

MACAO, September 25 – 34e The Macao International Music Festival (MIMF), organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC, from the Portuguese acronym), was inaugurated on September 25. The opening ceremony was held at 7:40 p.m. on the same day in the lobby of the Macao Cultural Center and was presided over by Cultural Affairs Bureau Chairman Leong Wai Man; the director of the Macau Government Tourism Office, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes; Deputy Director of Publicity and Culture Department of Macao SAR Central People’s Government Liaison Office Tian Xiaoping; the chairman of the executive committee of Teledifusão de Macau, SA, Lo Song Man; Chairman of Sands China Ltd., Dr. Wilfred Wong; Deputy Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Corporate Quality Division of Air Macau Company Limited, Wen Dexin; and the general manager of the banking center of the Bank of China branch in Macao, Leong Sai Kun.

Under the theme “Song of Tomorrow”, this edition of the MIMF brings together the melodies of joy, love and hope to create a kaleidoscopic spiritual world, inspiring audiences to move forward with music and welcome a bright future. In the opening show Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg, the brand new interdisciplinary team allows the public to discover the beauty of the combination of music and theater, recreating the fantastic world written by the playwright Henrik Ibsen and the composer Edvard Grieg.

On October 2, during the concert Variations of Jade – The Journey of Tang Poetry, bass-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. At 19e century, many Western sinologists and poets translated Tang poetry into other languages. Among them is Die chinesische Flöte, a collection of poetry published by the German poet Hans Bethge in 1907 which is one of the important publications for translations and adaptations of Tang poetry, and inspired many great composers such as Mahler, Webern and Penderecki to compose moving music. The concert will feature a number of musical pieces from Die chinesische Flöte.

In addition, Li Xiaochuan, hailed as “a figurehead of the Chinese jazz scene”, will collaborate with several jazzmen from mainland China to bring a repertoire of widely acclaimed jazz pieces to Macao. At the Cantonese Music Assembly Concert, young Chinese music performers 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.

This edition of the Festival will also launch an online competition, the first phase of which will be deployed on the MIMF page on Facebook from today until September 27 (Tuesday). Entrants will have a chance to win two return economy class tickets from Macau to any destination operated by Air Macau and tickets to the show Variations of Jade – The Journey of Tang Poetry. For more details, please visit the corresponding page on Facebook.

Various discounts are offered at this year’s MIMF. 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 COVID-19 primary vaccination series (which includes two doses of the inactivated vaccine or mRNA vaccine) at least 14 days prior, or a negative nucleic acid test result issued within 48 hours (self- paid). Those who do not provide the aforementioned documents are not allowed to enter the hall and their 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.

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.