The second edition of Cantata Macau was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Stephen Lee, the Bishop of Macau, Fr. Jijo Kandamkulathy CMF Founder and Spiritual Director of Cantata Macau and Barrie Briones Co-Founder and Executive Director of the even on December-6, 2017, in the presence of the Deputy Director of Tourism, Macau and the Assistant Consular General of the Philippines in the Nativity of our Lady Cathedral in Macau.
Eight choirs from Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau, Mexico and Philippines, enthralled the audience in Macau. The highlight of the event was the Grand Concert on 8th December at 7.30 in the Cineteatro, Macau. Over 180 participants brought to life world famous compositions with added flavours of performance.
The Festival concluded with choral singing of the Cantata Macau Anthem in the Saint Joseph’s Seminary Chapel and the distribution of mementoes to the participants. The event was jointly sponsored by Macau Foundation and the Diocese of Macau.
Cantata Macau, the International Music Festival of Macau started last year with an intention to offer an alternative signification to Macau, which is known to the world as a land of casinos. Paradoxically, the negative adjectives on this city do not quite suit the natives of Macau who generally, cherish their religious identity and enjoy what is holy. The Music Festival is an attempt to redeem this sublime past of Macau.