The Macao Orchestra (OM, from the Portuguese acronym), under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, will present the concert “The Nordic Echoes” on Friday, 20 April, at 8pm, at St. Dominic’s Church. Under the baton of the Orchestra’s Music Director, Lu Jia, OM will join hands with young South Korean violinist Clara Jumi Kang to present the Violin Concerto in D minor by Sibelius. Admission is free.
Born in Germany, South Korean violinist Clara Jumi Kang started studying violin at a very early age. At the age of five, she made her debut with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and at six she was featured on the cover of German magazine Die Zeit. At the age of seven, she received a full scholarship from the Juilliard School in the United States. By then, she performed with numerous world-renowned orchestras, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kiel Philharmonie, Nice Philharmonie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012, Clara was selected as one of the “100 most promising and influential people in Korea in future” by Korean newspaper Dong A Times. She was honoured with the “Daewon Music Award” in 2012 and the “Kumho Musician of the Year Award” in 2014 for her outstanding international performance. On her first visit to Macao, Clara will collaborate with conductor Lu Jia to present the Violin Concerto in D minor by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The concert will also feature another timeless masterpiece by the composer, the symphonic poem Tapiola, allowing the audience to enjoy the unique musical style of Finland.
Admission to the concert “The Nordic Echoes” is free. Tickets will be distributed at St. Dominic’s Church one hour prior to the performance, on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to a maximum of two tickets per person. The concert will be broadcast live on an outdoor screen installed outside the St. Dominic’s Church, thereby allowing more people to enjoy this high quality concert. For details and enquiries about the programme, please contact OM through tel. no. 2853 0782 during office hours or visit the OM’s website at www.icm.gov.mo/om.
Clara Jumi Kang