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Macau makes sweet music

THE Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform in Shanghai a special concert on July 25, marking the 10th anniversary of Macau's return to China.

Under the baton of Brazilian conductor and pianist Veiga Jardim, the orchestra will perform Schubert's "Rosamunde Overture," Strauss' "Sound of Spring," "Tremble Not, My Dear Son" from Mozart's "Magic Flute" and Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 3 in A Minor" (the "Scottish Symphony").

"Rosamunde Overture" is considered one of Schubert's finest orchestral pieces.

Besides, composer Lin Pinjing's "Lilau's Song" will be premiered. Lilau Square is one of the most important sights in the old Christian quarter where the Portuguese first settled. The Portuguese-style architecture is famous.

The Macau Youth Symphony founded in 1997 includes students from primary schools to universities and other young people. It has given more than 100 performances.

The orchestra was selected to participate in the 2008 World Choral Festival of Vienna and Salzburg. It was the first youth orchestra from China to perform with the Vienna Boys Choir at the Wiener Musikverein and the Salzburg Mozarteum.

Well-known musicians give master classes for young performers.

Conductor and music director Jardim says: "Since it was founded, the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra has aimed to provide orchestra training and performing opportunities for local youngsters, to exchange their experiences, cultivate and promote their interests as well as the standard in music appreciation and performing."

The orchestra not only trains musical talent but nurtures good character, temperament and spirit of cooperation, says Jardim.

"It helps Macau become known through music and culture," he says.

In 2007, the orchestra made its debut on the Chinese mainland in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province. In 2008 it joined the EOS Symphony Orchestra from the China Central Conservatory of Music to perform in Beijing at the National Grand Theater Concert Hall under the baton of Hu Yongyan.

The concert at Pudong's Shanghai Oriental Art Center marks the third anniversary of the Oriental Citizen Concerts series.

Date: July 25, 7:30pm

Address: 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong

Tickets: 80 yuan

Tel: 6854-1234


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