Historic Macau will be music to the ears

Four of Macau’s 25 treasured UNESCO World Heritage sites are to play key roles at the 27th Macau International Music Festival.

The 15th century-founded St Dominic’s Church, the 1860-built Dom Pedro V Theatre, Mandarin’s House, the 19th century home of Chinese philosopher Zheng Guanying, and the dominant 17th century Mount Fortress will be among the six venues to host performances by worldwide artists.

The prominent Macau Tower and Macau Cultural Centre also will host shows for the month-long festival from October 2 to November 3.

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Guest performers will include the famous Vienna Boys Choir from Austria, Dresden Philharmonic from Germany, Terem Quartet from Russia, Latvian National Opera, and Iberian Jazz All Stars from Portugal and Spain.

Performing Miss Saigon — The Musical will be the USA’s McCoy Rigby Entertainment and mainland China will be represented by Shanghai Chinese Orchestra and Dragon Quartet.

Macau Chinese Orchestra will perform “Chinese music for television and film” in the Macau Cultural Centre.

The festival is one of three major events to fill a busy calendar in Macau between September and mid-November.

The 25th Macau International Display Contest, over four weekends from September 14 to October 1, will light up the evening sky with a rainbow of colours over Macau Tower and harbour.

Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Korea, Portugal, Italy, Canada, France, China and Australia will be the competitors.
Portugal and Brisbane-based Infinity Pyrotechnic, which came second last year, will show off its spectacular creations on September 21.

November 9 will mark the start of a two-weekend celebration of motor racing: the 60th Macau Grand Prix Diamond Jubilee Festival.

Some of the biggest names in world motor racing have competed on the famous road circuit including ultimate F1 champions Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, and Australians David Brabham, Kevin Bartlett and Vern Schuppan.
A tasty food festival and more fireworks will accompany the festival on November 9, 10 and November 14, 17.

Details: Macau Government Tourist Office, Australia and New Zealand, +61 2 9264 1488 or www.macautourism.gov.mo