Chinese music, with thousands of years of history, is an important part of Chinese culture. Unfortunately, it is generally less popular than western music, given limited exposure to it in our daily lives.
Following on the GEG Arts & Culture Initiative when the Foundation launched its first cultural exhibition, the Foundation is taking a further step into promotional efforts in the performing arts sector, striving to create a more inclusive artistic world in Macau. By various forms of collaborations, it is the Foundation’s wish that Chinese Music can be popularised and cultivated, especially amongst young people in Macau, given their unfamiliarity with Chinese music.
Macao Chinese Orchestra (2021-22 Season, 2020-21 Season)
Macao Youth Chinese Orchestra (2021-22 Season)
Hulu Culture Promotion Association (2020-21 Season)
The Macao Chinese Orchestra is a professional orchestra established in 1987. Upholding the tenet "Based in Macao while embracing the world and promoting culture with East-meets-West repertoire", the Orchestra has been presenting traditional Chinese music reflecting the spirit of the times, bringing excellent works to Macao fans, and allowing the public to access the genre at ease while also promoting Macao’s positive image to the world.
To encourage and promote the inheritance and development of traditional Chinese music in Macao, in particular to popularize the genre among the younger generations, the Orchestra has strived to boost the popularity and local development of traditional Chinese music by promoting music education among students and the public and by fostering young musicians through musical engagements in schools and communities. With our music we show care to the community, support non-governmental associations, and stage performances in world heritage sites, museums, libraries, parks and gardens, to enhance the artistic atmosphere of almost every corner of Macao.
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The Macao Youth Chinese Orchestra is made up of local young musicians from Macau, who are keen to perform, and provide opportunities to students to perform in a formal orchestra. Since its establishment in 2004, the Orchestra had played over 300 performances, themed on both Chinese and Western music, from tradition to fusion, in order to attract more young audience and popularize Chinese music in the community.
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The Foundation will once again join the Macao Chinese Orchestra as “Special Art Patron” for its 2021-2022 season. Three select performances will again be performed at the Broadway Theatre at Galaxy Macau™ in 2022, with two extension programmes for which the Foundation will be inviting local students to participate.
The Foundation will take further steps to cultivate and promote Chinese music by engaging the Macao Youth Chinese Orchestra in hosting a guided concert for young people, to take place in early 2022 at the Broadway Theatre, with local students again invited to be in the audience. This event will not only continue to expose young people to Chinese Music, but will also avail young performers of the youth orchestra an opportunity to perform at Broadway Macau.
The following three concerts from their 2021-22 season will be performed at Broadway Theatre:
11 February 2022: Valentine's Day Concert “A Romantic Date”
19 March 2022: Enchanting Tunes from the Screen 3
29 May 2022: Family Musical Theatre Concert "Musical Magic Wand" (Winds Concert)
The Orchestra will earmark two concerts with open rehearsal sessions before the actual concert, which the Foundation will invite local students learning Chinese music to attend:
16 January 2022: Open rehearsal of “Feeling of Spring”
31 July 2022: Open rehearsal of 2021-22 Season Closing Concert “Echoes in the Soul”
The Macao Youth Chinese Orchestra will curate a concert, specially programmed to offer young people a glimpse into Chinese musical knowledge and skills, aiming to promote their understanding and appreciation ability in traditional Chinese music. The concert will also provide young musicians with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience in a formal setting fit for a professional orchestra.
19 February 2022: “Chinese Music 101” Young People’s Concert
It is the Foundation’s interest in promoted Chinese Music in Macau and, in particular, audience development focused on young people. This is what led the Foundation to launch the “GEG Chinese Music Promotion Scheme”, joined the Macao Chinese Orchestra as "Special Art Patron" for its 2020-21 season.
Three select performances when the orchestra were performed at the Broadway Theatre, Galaxy Macau. Furthermore, “extension programmes” attached to three other concerts were also held, with the support of Hulu Culture Promotion Association, the Foundation’s collaborator on the GEG Intangible Cultural Heritage Scheme.
The following three concerts from their 2020-21 season had been performed at Broadway Theatre:
14 November 2020: Enchanting Tunes from the Screen 2
6 June 2021: Musical Magic Wand Prequel
17 July 2021: Xian Drum Music
In addition to the three concerts performed at the Broadway Theatre, Hulu Culture Promotion Association participated in co-organising extension programmes for certain of the orchestra’s concerts during their 2020-21 season, to provide a richer offering of activities in addition to the performances themselves. A selection of three concerts where the repertoire relates to intangible cultural heritage had therefore been included in the GEG Chinese Music Promotion Scheme:
31 October 2020: Taoist Music
17 April 2021: Naamyam
17 July 2021: Xi'an Drum Music
These extension programmes were open free to the public.
“Dialogue Between the East and the West”
Expanding on the GEG Chinese Music Promotion Scheme, the Foundation participated in the 31st Macao Arts Festival as venue sponsor for its “Dialogue Between the East and the West” concert on Sunday 9th May 2021. The Macao Chinese Orchestra performed at the Broadway Theatre and presented a concert with music performed with Chinese and Western instruments, “opening an East-West dialogue through the fusion of Chinese and Western music”.
Furthermore, the Foundation had invited over 200 students from 7 local schools to attend the rehearsal session the day before the actual concert. Both students and teachers treasured the unique experience of exploring how a professional orchestra rehearsed and prepared for a concert.
“Chinese Music 101” Young People’s Concert 19 February 2022 – Broadway Theatre
As part of the “GEG Chinese Music Promotion Scheme”, GEG Foundation, collaborating with the Macao Youth Chinese Orchestra for the first time, presented a Young People’s Concert - “Chinese Music 101” - held at Broadway Theatre of Broadway Macau™ on February 19, 2022.
Young musicians, several of them were performing publicly for their first time, presented famous melodies together with live presentation, shared basic knowledge of Chinese music and musical instruments to the audience.
The Foundation had invited over 200 local students, teachers, GEG team members and their children to enjoy the show, with our aim to popularise and cultivate Chinese music in the community, as well as an opportunity for young musicians to perform in a formal and professional orchestra setting, motivating local students to further explore and appreciate Chinese music.
Valentine's Day Concert “A Romantic Date” 11 February 2022 – Broadway Theatre
As part of the “GEG Chinese Music Promotion Scheme”, the Valentine's Day Concert “A Romantic Date” performed by the Macao Chinese Orchestra at the Broadway Theatre, was held on February 11, 2022. Conducted by the young conductor Jian Huan, Principal Conductor of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra performed music with relevance to the occasion, with songs including “Macao Love Story” and the theme songs of several epic romance movies.
The Foundation had invited local schools and associations to enjoy the show, with our aim to popularise and cultivate Chinese music in the community, especially amongst young people in Macau.
Intangible Cultural Heritage Concert Series - Xian Drum Music Concert 17 July 2021 – Broadway Theatre
Inscribed as an intangible cultural heritage in both the National List and the UNESCO’s Representative List, Xian drum music is one of the most important musical varieties in traditional Chinese music and is one type of traditional Chinese “wind and percussion music”. Originated from the Tang Dynasty, Xian drum music is classified as “wind and percussion music”, and can be performed sitting or marching.
In collaboration with the Xi'an Drum Music Ensemble, the Macao Chinese Orchestra hosted a concert and a related workshop at the Broadway Theatre on July 17, 2021, as part of the “GEG Chinese Music Promotion Scheme”. Professor Cheng Tianjian, introduced the characteristics of Xian drum music to the audience in a simple and profound way, allowing the audience to better feel the local cultures.
The Foundation had also invited young students from local schools to enjoy the concert and the workshop as part of the Scheme, aiming to introduce different forms of Chinese music, as well the importance of conservation, to young people in Macau.
Family Musical Theatre - Musical Magic Wand Prequel 6 June 2021 – Broadway Theatre
As part of the “GEG Chinese Music Promotion Scheme”, the family musical theatre concert “Musical Magic Wand Prequel”, performed by the Macao Chinese Orchestra at the Broadway Theatre, was held on June 6, 2021. In collaboration with the Big Mouse Kids Drama Group, the Orchestra performed a programme to introduce to the audience the four “voices” of Chinese music. Parents and children enjoyed the interesting story and ear-catching songs, including a “shake-along” with their souvenir rattles to the beat of the music. The Foundation had invited young students from local schools to enjoy the show with their parents as part of the Scheme.
“Dialogue Between the East and the West” Orchestra Rehearsal May 8, 2021 - Broadway Theatre
As part of the Foundation’s sponsorship of the Macao’s Chinese Orchestra’s concert “Dialogue Between the East and the West” at the 31st Macao Arts Festival on May 9, 2021, the Foundation's "GEG Chinese Music Promotion Scheme" invited local students to a rare “behind-the-scenes” experience with the orchestra.
Over 200 students from 7 local Chinese school orchestras were invited to attend a rehearsal session the day before the actual concert. Both students and teachers treasured the unique experience of exploring how a professional orchestra rehearsed and prepared for a concert.
With Chinese music being an important part of Chinese culture, it is the Foundation’s wish that Chinese Music can be cultivated and popularized, especially amongst young people in Macau.
Chinese Music Concert Series - Enchanting Tunes from the Screen 2 14 November 2020 – Broadway Theatre
The first of the three-concert series performed by the Macau Chinese Orchestra as part of the GEG Chinese Music Promotion Scheme, was held at the Broadway Theatre on the evening of 14th November 2020.
150 students and teachers from Colégio de Santa Rosa de Lima (Secção Chinesa), being a collaborating school with another of the Foundation’s initiative, were invited to enjoy the evening concert. With Chinese music being an important part of Chinese culture, it is the Foundation’s wish that Chinese Music can be popularised and cultivated, especially amongst young people in Macau.
Extension Programme on Naamyam Music - part of the "Music in World Heritage" Concert Series 17 April 2021 – Mandarin House
Naamyan is performed in the narrative singing tradition in the Cantonese dialect, a form of “spoken word music” inscribed on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Macau.
As part of its ongoing promotion of Macao’s intangible cultural heritage, The Macao Chinese Orchestra held a Naamyam concert on April 17 featuring Master Au Kuan Cheong, the only master of Naamyam in Hong Kong and Macao. The concert was followed by a talk on Naamyam led by Master Au, an extension programme that is part of the Foundation’s GEG Chinese Music Promotion Scheme. The Foundation’s collaborator on its GEG Intangible Cultural Heritage Scheme, Hulu Culture, coordinated the talk for a packed audience at the Mandarin’s House.
Extension Programme on Taoist Ritual Music - part of the "Music in World Heritage" Concert Series 31 October 2020 – Mandarin House
Taoist music is the ceremonial music of Taoism. Music has long played an integral part in religious ceremonies, and the importance of music in Taoist ceremony is demonstrated by revealing how central beliefs are reflected through elements of music such as instrumentation and rhythm. Expression of spiritual beliefs through music enables followers of Taoism to enhance their path to enlightenment.
As part of the “Music in World Heritage” concert series of the Macao Chinese Orchestra’s 2020-21 season, a well-attended extension programme – a talk on Taoist music hosted by Taoist Priest Ng – was conducted at the Mandarin House. Taoist Priest Ng shared with the audience the history and evolvement of Taoist ritual music, the uniqueness of the music, and efforts through various generations of his family to maintain and preserve this important intangible cultural heritage.
“Macao Taoist Ritual Music” was inscribed by the Macao SAR Government into the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Macao in 2009.
The Announcement of the Macao Chinese Orchestra’s 2020-21 Season
In an effort to promote Chinese music to the general public, and in particular the younger generation, the Foundation initiated the “GEG Chinese Music Promotion Scheme”, joining The Macao Chinese Orchestra for its 2020-21 season as “Special Art Patron” with three concerts performed at the Broadway Theatre, together with a series of extension programmes related to various of its concerts in the upcoming season.