Being the first youth orchestra from China to perform with the Vienna Boys Choir at the Wiener Musikverein and the Salzburg Mozarteum, Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) set off this year’s Australian tour from 10th August.
Invited by the China Cultural Centre in Sydney, a special violin concerto, titled Passion·Four Season, was presented to classic music enthusiasts on 11th August.
“It’s a great opportunity for young musicians from Macao to experience multiculturalism and improve their cultural sensitivity”, said Mr. Jianhua Xu, Leader of MYSO.
Conducted by Mr. Kuokman Lio, the concerto vividly depicted natural occurrences of four distinct seasons through Vivaldi’s well known work — The Four Season. With the pattern of three movements (fast-slow-fast) in each concerto, the audiences were immersed in the features of the “singing birds” from Spring, “roaring thunder” from summer, “cooling breeze” from Autumn, and “frosty snow” in the winter.
“This performance was excellent, I’m really impressed by the talented musicians”, said one of the participants.
Written by Vivaldi in 1723, and considered the best known of his work, The Four Season is a group of four violin concerti by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, each of which gives a musical expression to a season of the year.
Accompanying poems with the concerto elucidated what it was about those seasons that his music was intended to evoke. It provides one of the earliest and most-detailed examples of what was later called program music — music with a narrative element.
The MYSO was founded in 1997. Since its inception, the orchestra has given more than hundred public performances and strives to keep its initial objectives: to provide orchestral training and performing opportunities for the local youth, exchange their experiences, cultivate and promote their interests, as well as the standard in music appreciation and performance.MYSO has previously performed in Singapore, Japan, Austria, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, US, and Mainland China.