YANGON, March 31 (Xinhua) — Macao Orchestra from China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) has held its first ever concert in Myanmar's Yangon.
Titled "Macao Orchestra in Myanmar" and held at the Strand Hotel on Friday night, the concert was jointly organized by the Chinese Embassy and the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR.
The concert was an important cultural exchange activity between the Macao SAR and Myanmar which would expand the dimension of China-Myanmar relations, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang said in a message to the event.
The visit by Macao Orchestra would also inject new impetus into China-Myanmar's people-to-people bonds, he added.
Alexis Tam Chon Weng, secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR government, also expressed his belief that the concert could bring people of the two countries closer.
He hoped that Macao and Myanmar could have more cultural exchanges and cooperation in the future.
The group of musicians led by Lu Jia, music director and principal conductor, performed well-known masterpieces of Mozart.
Macao Orchestra is a professional orchestra formed by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR government in 1983. It has become well-known in Asia, performing Chinese and Western classics and playing a key role in the music and cultural life of Macao residents and overseas audiences.
The orchestra has performed in at least 30 cities across China as well as in Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, the United States, among others.