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Yucatan Symphony Spring Season 2013

Yucatan Symphony Spring Season 2013

22 January 2013 Culture 9

Temporada Spring 2013

The 2012 Fall Season for Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan

Under the Direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco (


Program 2: January 25 and 27
Russian Festival
The second program will be a festival of Russian music. While the first part will be the popular nineteenth-century works: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila by Glinka and consent of the great pianists, the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Tchaikovsky, with interpretation for the second time with the Dutch pianist Martyn van den Hoek, the second part will be a display of power and precision with the cheerful music Symphony No. 5 (1944) of Prokofiev.


Program 3: February 1 and 3

Hungarian and Russian Romanticism
Brahms Hungarian Dances are a group of 21 lively dance tunes based mostly on Hungarian themes. The ever-wonderful Christopher Collins will perform the Violin Concerto of Hungarian Karl Goldmark. In the second part of the performance, you will hear the penultimate Symphony No. 5 (1888) by Tchaikovsky, a masterpiece whose theme is strongly focused on the concept of fate. The piece is extremely dramatic and romantic, and a lot of fun to see performed live.

Program 4: February 22 and 24

Father of the Symphony
This concert is led by American director Robert Carter Austin, who has been head of the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Arlington and Las Colinas. The first part explores the Russian and Slavic landscapes through the famous "Slave Marche" by Tchaikovsky, with the participation of the principal horn of the OSY, Juan José Pastor, who plays Reinhold Gliere's Russian, horn concerto Op 91 (1951), the most recognized work of this composer with romantic and neoclassical influences. From the Father of the Symphony, Franz Joseph Haydn, we will hear his last Symphony No. 104 "London", also the latest in a series of twelve London Symphonies.


Program 5: March 1 and 3

Myths and Love
The Austrian genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed about 22 operas and over twenty piano concertos. Don Juan, whose overture opens the program, is considered a comic opera that blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements. For the Piano Concerto No. 21, we will be fortunate to hear Venezuelan pianist Edith Peña. The second part of the program is devoted to the mythological love of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, which is based on a Celtic legend, as well as Daphnis and Chloe from Greek mythology.

Program 6: March 8 and 10

Latin American Quartet, Tango and Beethoven
The first part of this week's program is dedicated to Latin American music with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the 2012 Latin Grammy Award winning Mexican group. The group is composed of three brothers: violinists Saúl and Aron and cellist Alvaro Bitran. Along with Javier Montiel, violist, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, was considered by the London Times as "possessing an instinct that definitely puts them in the first division of string quartets. " They will interpret the world premiere of "Lament of Water and Air" by the Mexican composer Thomas Barreiro, and "The Four Port Seasons" by Argentine Astor Piazzola, with Cesar Olguin. The second part needs no introduction, as it is one of the most famous symphonies of Beethoven. Probably everyone recognizes the main theme of the first movement that has made this symphony one of the most performed in the history of classical music.

Program 7: March 15 and 17

Nordic Countries
This program will explore the folk music and the beauty of the Nordic countries. The first part, by the music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, takes us through the landscape and nostalgia of Lapland and Finland. The Ukrainian violinist Alina Komissarova is currently principal violin of the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen and has played under the baton of renowned directors and leading concert halls in the world. She will be interpreting one of the most famous violin concertos. The Portuguese director Mario Mateus has a long and distinguished career as a director, and currently heads the Gaia Symphony Orchestra, in Oporto. Peer Gynt, Edward Grieg's Norwegian work, will also be heard in this program. It is based on the novel by Ibsen and has some of the most prominent and popular melodies of the romantic repertoire.


Program 8: April 12 and 14

German Romanticism
In this program, we will hear from three great composers from the Romantic era: Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn. This concert will feature the prestigious and internationally acclaimed Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, who this time will play the Concerto No. 1 for piano (1859). In the second part, we will hear the cheerful and energetic Scottish Symphony (1842) of Mendelssohn, based on the composer's first trip to Britain and dedicated to Queen Victoria.

Program 9: April 19 and 21

French Party
Georges Bizet's best known work is the opera "Carmen", which is also his last work. For this program, "Carmen Suite No. 1" will be performed, as well as his "Symphony in C", an early work he composed at the age of 17 years with extraordinary melodic invention, thematic and orchestration. As a soloist, trumpeter OSY principal and teacher Rob Myers will demonstrate the virtuosity and precision of the Armenian Trumpet Concerto by A. Arutiunian, a work that evokes the spirit and Armenian folk with gypsy melodies.

Program 10: April 26 and 28

Walt Disney's Fantasia 2000 has become an essential classic of world cinema, especially for its educational value in teaching us all how to approach the most beautiful pieces and the most important composers in the history of classical music. On the occasion of Children's Day, the OSY is pleased to perform a sample of Fantasia, creating a hypnotic dream in the Teatro Peon Contreras, accompanied by images that today are part of our collective memory, such as a bewitched Mickey Mouse as Apprentice Warlock, and Mother Nature flying and mutating to become the Firebird.


Program 11: May 10 and 12

The Voice of Piano
This program will feature three pianists. Yucatecan Marieli Sosa and Bulgarian Irina Decheva, founder of the José Jacinto Cuevas Contest, will join their talents under the guidance of well known pianist, director and cultural manager, the Mexican Gustavo Rivero Weber. The program begins with the strong and lightweight "Overture to La Cenerentola" by Rossini. The symphony will also perform the "Concerto for Two Pianos No. 10" by Mozart, composed in 1779 specifically to play with his sister Maria Anna. As for the "Symphony No. 8" in the second part of the program, Beethoven fondly regarded this as his "little Symphony in F". It is light, bright and in the classical tradition.

Program 12: May 24 and 26

The Orchestra as Soloist
The Fifth Symphony was composed during the summers of 1901 and 1902 and premiered in Cologne under the direction of Gustav Mahler in 1904. This is the first Mahler symphony that did not include the human voice as one of the instruments. Comprised of five movements, the highlight is the Adagio, which was used in Visconti's film "Death in Venice", based on the novel by Thomas Mann. Mann wrote the novel in 1911 following the death of Gustav Mahler, whom he profoundly admired. This is a large format symphony and involves an interesting challenge for the orchestra.


Opera: June 14, 16, 18, 21,23 and 25
Opera: La Boheme
After mounting various operas in Merida such as La Traviata, Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Barber of Seville, Elixir of Love and Samson & Delilah, it was time for La Boheme, one of the four most performed operas in the world. With music by Giacomo Puccini with libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, La Boheme is based on scenes from the life of Henry Murger Bohemia, and portrays the lives of young bohemians in Paris in 1840. It reflects the experiences of Puccini during his student years at the conservatory in Milan where he shared room with Pietro Mascagni. The annual opera performance in Merida has become quite popular and is looked forward to by many residents, so be sure to get your tickets early!

All Concerts have this in common:
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Dates and Times: Fridays at 9:00 PM and Sundays at 12:00 Noon
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos.
Admission for program 6 and 10: $100, $150, $200 and $250 pesos.
Opera: $400, $600, $650 and $700 pesos. All concerts provide a 25% discount for children from 6 to 12 years of age, and for INAPAM members.

Time: 8:00 PM

Buy your tickets online at the Symphony website.


  • Working Gringos 4 years ago

    Hi Hatch! Yes, the Symphony performances are at the Teatro Peon Contreras. But "planning ahead" and "Yucatan" do not really belong in the same sentence. As soon as the Symphony releases its schedule, you will find it here on Yucatan Living. But that probably will not be til the end of the year at the earliest.

  • hatch 4 years ago

    We would like to know what is going on in February and March 2014 at the Symphony and is it at the Teatro Peon Contreras? We would like to visit but would like to plan ahead. Thanks.

  • Working Gringos 4 years ago

    If the info isn't on their website, then it isn't available. As soon as we find out what it is, we'll put it up on ours, so stay tuned!

  • nenegirl 4 years ago

    Good morning, Is there any way to see a schedule for the months of October and November....I can't find that information on their website. Thank you

  • Working Gringos 5 years ago

    Sadly, this kind of experience is all too common with websites in Mexico. We will try to pass this information on through the back channels :-)

  • amiv 5 years ago

    There is indeed a link to buy on line (Taquilla, then the shopping cart symbol). I am over an hour's drive from Merida and can't just pop by the box office, so this morning, I signed up for an account, which they say you have to do before you can buy on line. I received email confirmation and clicked through to confirm, then chose the program I wanted, then chose the seats I wanted, which were certainly available. All good so far. But then I click on "pagar," and a pop-up message tells me to select my seats to continue. So I do it again. And again. And again. I read the rules, the manual and the policy about buying on line. I'm doing everything right. I repeatedly sign out and sign in again. I try other orchestra programs and other seats to see if that makes a difference. I try three different browsers. Nada. I imagine that the orchestra are paying for this third-party system from Teramultimedia 2012, which is really pitiful. I would have alerted someone in charge that this is what's happening, but there's no contact form.

  • Dennis 5 years ago

    Thanks. I'll email the hotel and see if they can buy the tickets for us.

  • Working Gringos 5 years ago

    You could certainly try that. Do you know where you are staying? The people who run the hotel or provide the vacation rental might be able to go to the theatre and purchase the tickets for you...

  • Dennis 5 years ago


    My wife and I will be visiting Merida 2/21 - 2/26 and we would like to see the Yutacan Sympony on Feb 24th. When I visit the Symphony website, I don't see any link for purchasing tickets. Do I need to call the main phone number?


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