Acclaimed Bassoonist Azzolini attracted local and overseas audiences with a captivating concert in Macao

The Macao Orchestra (OM, from the Portuguese acronym), under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, presented the concert “Azzolini and Lu Jia”, part of the Shining Virtuosos series, on 15 March, at the St. Dominic’s Church. Under the baton of Music Director Lu Jia, the Orchestra joined hands with internationally renowned bassoonist Sergio Azzolini, a winner of numerous international awards, to perform a repertoire of famous classics, which won high acclaim and an enthusiastic applause from the audience. The Macao Orchestra specially organized the “Master Class with Sergio Azzolini” prior to the concert, in which the participants considered personal coaching by the master in the session to be very instructive.

The famous Italian bassoonist Sergio Azzolini, hailed as an authority on the interpretation of Vivaldi’s works in the field of bassoon performance, was invited to present the concert in Macao, attracting many local and overseas music aficionados. The bassoonist presented Bassoon Concerto in A Minor by Vivaldi, which fully demonstrated his exceptional solo performing skills and brought a bewitching performance in the cadenza. In the concert, the musical pieces Bassoon Concerto in F Major by C. Stamitz and Symphony No. 4 in A Major, “Italian” by Mendelssohn were also presented.

In addition, the Macao Orchestra’s chamber music concert “Chamber Gala” will be held on Saturday, 30 March, at 8pm, at the Dom Pedro V Theatre. Tickets for the concert are priced at MOP120 and MOP100 and are available for purchase. On the same day, the exchange session “Music Hour with Musicians” will also be held at 7pm, in which the musicians of the Orchestra including Wang Yue, Xiao Fan and Kai Sai, will talk about curiosities of chamber music. Admission is free and music aficionados are welcome to participate and interact with the musicians. 24-hour ticketing hotline: 2855 5555; online ticketing: www.macauticket.com. For details and enquiries about the programme, please contact OM through tel. no. 2853 0782 during office hours or visit the Macao Orchestra webpage at www.icm.gov.mo/om.

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