Macao Orchestra presents concert “Azzolini and Lu Jia” in March Registration for master class opens from today

The Macao Orchestra (OM, from the Portuguese acronym), under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, presents the concert “Azzolini and Lu Jia” on Friday, 15 March, at 8pm, at the St. Dominic’s Church. Admission is free. Tickets will be distributed at the St. Dominic’s Church one hour prior to the performance. In addition to the concert, OM will specially hold a master class on 13 March, in which bassoonist Azzolini will coach the participants on bassoon solo and woodwind ensemble performance skills in person. A number of seats will also be available for observers. All music aficionados are welcome.

Under the baton of Music Director Lu Jia, the Orchestra will join hands with internationally renowned bassoonist Sergio Azzolini to present two bassoon concertos, by A. Vivaldi and C. Stamitz, and in the second part OM will perform the Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’ by Mendelssohn further extending the South European flavour of the Romantic period.

Born in Bolzano, Italy in 1967, Azzolini is famous for his extraordinary ability in interpreting musical pieces of various styles and his notable accomplishment in the performance of classical instruments, especially those featured in Baroque music. He is hailed as an authority on the interpretation of Vivaldi’s works in the field of bassoon performance. He won numerous international awards in many prestigious competitions, such as the Carl Maria von Weber Competition, the Prague Spring Competition and the ARD Competition, and has worked with various musicians and orchestras, including the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, the Concentus Musicus Wien, Holland Baroque Society, the Händel-Festspielorchester Halle and the Accademia Bizantina, among others.

The “Master Class with Sergio Azzolini” will be held on Wednesday, 13 March, at 6:30pm, on the 2nd floor of the Auditorium of Handover Gifts Museum of Macao, in which Azzolini will personally coach the participants on bassoon solo and woodwind ensemble performance skills individually or in groups. 50 seats will be available for observers. Registration for participants being coached and for observers can be made through tel. no. 2853 0782 or via Macao Orchestra’s official WeChat account by 4 March. Successful applicants will be notified on or before 11 March for the payment which must be made at the Cultural Affairs Bureau.

Admission to the Macao Orchestra’s concert “Azzolini and Lu Jia” is free. Tickets will be distributed at St. Dominic’s Church one hour prior to the performance. Distribution is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to a maximum of two tickets per person. For details and enquiries about the programme, please visit Macao Orchestra’s webpage at www.icm.gov.mo/om.

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