Arts underscores Macao's achievements

2009-11-26 08:52 BJT

The string of performances celebrating Macao's 10th anniversary of returning to the motherland has wrapped up in Beijing. Three art troupes from Macao took the stage in turn at the National Center for the Performing Arts, underscoring the former colonial enclave's arts development over the past decade.

Starting off the series of stage performances was the Macao Youth Dance Troupe. The troupe, which consists solely of professional artists, was established after Macao's return to the motherland. The dancers treated the audience with favorites from their repertoire including 'Bolero,' adapted from Ravel's masterpiece of the same name... and 'Flying to Moon,' a contemporary work that blends the essence of traditional Chinese dance skills with western choreography.

Following on their heels was the Macao Orchestra. Under the baton of noted conductor Lü Jia, the orchestra performed Peter Tchaikovsky's 'Piano Concerto Number One in B Flat Minor', and 'Firebird Suite' by Igor Stravinsky. The subtle interpretation of Russian pianist Vladimir Feltsman in close harmony with Lü Jia's musical direction brought the concert to its climax.

Finally taking the stage was the Macao Chinese Orchestra, adding a unique local music flavor to the series of performances. Conducted by Peng Jiapeng, the orchestra presented not only some folk music classics such as "Moon Reflecting in the Erquan Spring", but also several specially tailored folk pieces including "The Impression of Macao" and "Macao Epic".

Over the past decade, the Macao Special Administrative Region has been tireless in its efforts to discover and cultivate young hopefuls and artistic talents. Art troupes in Macao have gone on to establish a presence at international art and music festivals. These consistent actions have successfully established an effective platform for artists in Macao, the mainland, and the world over to communicate and exchange ideas.

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