Dawn of a New Century - Macao Orchestra

Conductor: Lü Jia

Dom Pedro V Theatre

Details

Conductor: Lü Jia

Programme
Stravinsky: Octet for Wind Instruments
Bartόk: Divertimento for String Orchestra
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

In the last chamber concert of this season the Macao Orchestra presents the most renowned musical works of the 20th century. Igor Stravinsky and Béla Bartók are widely acknowledged as outstanding representatives of new music styles in the 20th century. The Orchestra explores their avant-garde distinctive music styles with the audience allowing it to feel this musical style.

Date: 18 Jul 2015 Sat 20:00
Venue: Dom Pedro V Theatre
Ticket: MOP 100/80

Duration: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, no interval

Line-up

Biography

LÜ Jia
吕嘉

Born into a musical family in Shanghai in the early 1960s, Lü Jia began studying piano and violin with his parents at a very young age. He later studied conducting at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Under the instruction of renowned conductor Ms Zheng Xiaoying, he graduated at the top of his class one year early, in 1988. The following year, he went to Germany's Berlin University of the Arts, where he continued his studies under Professors Hans-Martin Rabenstein and Robert Wolf.
In 1989, Lü was awarded both the First Prize and the Judges' Prize in the Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition in Trento, Italy, and launched his career as a conductor. Over the past decade and a half, he has conducted 2,000 concerts and operas in Europe and the Americas, and has cooperated with more than 100 opera houses and orchestras, including the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and La Scala in Milan, as well as opera houses in Lausanne, Turin, Rome, Naples, Verona, Venice, Florence, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. He has also worked with the Berlin Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Italy's RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Rome's Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, England's City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Norway's Oslo Philharmonic, the Lyon National Orchestra in France, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and all the major orchestras in Australia.

Lü Jia was the first Chinese conductor ever to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and to record the complete orchestral works of German composer Felix Mendelssohn. His symphonic performances, especially his interpretations of German works and those of the French Impressionists, have been praised as exemplars of "an extremely convincing musical interpretation" and "touching musical language and perfect conducting technique."

Opera has always played a special role in Lü Jia's career. In Italy and Germany, homelands of the European opera tradition, he has directed nearly fifty operas. As the first Asian conductor to serve as director of a nationally-recognised opera company in Italy, he was praised by one Italian music critic as "a conductor who understands Italian opera even better than Italians do."

Lü has been the Principal Conductor for the Trieste Opera, the Tuscany Regional Orchestra in Florence, the Lazio Chamber Orchestra in Rome and Sweden's Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a frequent guest conductor with the Hallé Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in England, the Dortmund Opera House in Germany and the Milan Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra in Italy.

At present, Lü is Music Director of the Arena di Verona, the world's largest open-air opera theatre and Artistic Director of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra in Spain. In September 2008, he was named Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the Macao Orchestra.

Organization

Macao Orchestra

Macao Orchestra

澳門樂團

Description

The Macao Orchestra is a professional ensemble, under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government. In September 2008 Lü Jia started his tenure as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestra, initiating several concert series in each season and presenting to the public, comprehensively and systematically, both Western and Chinese programmes, thereby stimulating the interest of a growing public.

The Orchestra collaborates regularly with numerous internationally renowned musicians, conductors and ensembles including Leonidas Kavakos, Iván Martín, Barry Douglas, Fou Ts'ong, Lang Lang, Yundi Li, Sarah Chang, Qin Liwei, Ning Feng, Daniel Oren, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Latvian National Opera (Latvia), the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Korean Chamber Orchestra, etc. In addition, the Macao Orchestra has been regularly invited to perform in Mainland China and overseas, performing in more than 30 cities in China, Portugal, Spain and the U.S.A, etc. The Orchestra successfully presented high quality concerts through its refined performance style and professional level, becoming a symbol of Macao's prosperity as an international cultural city.

The Macao Orchestra has been commited to organising activities related to arts education targeting audiences of different age groups. These educational programmes include the 'School Concerts', 'University Concerts', 'Journey into the World of Music' and 'Flourishing Arts', etc., all very popular among students and teenagers.

Social

Macao Orchestra

Macao Orchestra

澳門樂團

Description

The Macao Orchestra is a professional ensemble, under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government. In September 2008 Lü Jia started his tenure as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestra, initiating several concert series in each season and presenting to the public, comprehensively and systematically, both Western and Chinese programmes, thereby stimulating the interest of a growing public.

The Orchestra collaborates regularly with numerous internationally renowned musicians, conductors and ensembles including Leonidas Kavakos, Iván Martín, Barry Douglas, Fou Ts'ong, Lang Lang, Yundi Li, Sarah Chang, Qin Liwei, Ning Feng, Daniel Oren, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Latvian National Opera (Latvia), the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Korean Chamber Orchestra, etc. In addition, the Macao Orchestra has been regularly invited to perform in Mainland China and overseas, performing in more than 30 cities in China, Portugal, Spain and the U.S.A, etc. The Orchestra successfully presented high quality concerts through its refined performance style and professional level, becoming a symbol of Macao's prosperity as an international cultural city.

The Macao Orchestra has been commited to organising activities related to arts education targeting audiences of different age groups. These educational programmes include the 'School Concerts', 'University Concerts', 'Journey into the World of Music' and 'Flourishing Arts', etc., all very popular among students and teenagers.

Social

Venue

Dom Pedro V Theatre

Address
Praça do Tap Seac, Edif. do Instituto Cultural, Macau
Macau
Macao S.A.R., China

Description

Built in 1860 as the first Western-style theatre in all of China, the Dom Pedro V Theatre has since served as a performing venue for music, dance and various other kinds of performances. In addition to a theatre, the structure once also housed a ball room, a reading room and a billiard parlour, making it a venue of central importance for the Macanese community at the time. The Theatre was also rented out to local businessmen in the past, for the showing of films, which led to the establishment of the "Macao Cinema for Distinguished Films". For this reason, the Dom Pedro V Theatre is also known in everyday Chinese as the "Macao Theatre".

With an exquisite and refined architectural and decorative design, the Dom Pedro V Theatre emanates a strong romantic flavour. Its neoclassical style not only embodies the splendid characteristics of the European theatres of the time, it also integrates beautifully into the Macao environment. White cornice and architrave mouldings define spaces on the sage green exterior walls, which feature doors and shutters in dark green, all housed under a terracotta roof. This contrasting colour palette stands out against the blocks of yellow buildings on Largo de Santo Agostinho, yet it strikes a harmonious chord with its surroundings. The Theatre contains a vestibule boasting an ancient crystal chandelier, which adds an immensely rich artistic ambience and even a sense of mystery to the interior. The performance hall is comfortable and spacious, with a capacity of 276 seats arranged in curved rows. A staircase located at the end of a long side corridor leads up to the semi-circular balcony seating area.

Having spent over a century in vivid use by the Macao community, the Dom Pedro V Theatre is now one of the important historic buildings in the Historic Centre of Macao ensemble inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The Theatre has survived as a witness to the bygone leisure and entertainment activities of the Macanese community and today remains a tremendously refined and distinctive performing venue for culture and arts, staying true to its traditional function and historic legacy. It stands as one of the most important and enduring testimonies to the development of Macao's performing arts.

Chinese Address

澳門崗頂前地3号崗頂劇院
澳門
Macao S.A.R., China

Social

Dawn of a New Century - Macao Orchestra
二十世紀的曙光-澳門樂團
Start Date: 
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 20:00
End Date: 
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 21:15