Temporada Fall 2013
The 2013 Fall Season for Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan
Under the Direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco (www.juancarloslomonaco.com)
Program 1: September 6 and 8
A Mexican celebration to commemorate the most patriotic month of the year in Mexico. This program consists of some of the most representative pieces of Mexico’s musical heritage. In this program, you will hear some of the most performed nationally and internationally pieces by José Pablo Moncayo, Carlos Chavez, Arturo Marquez and Javier Alvarez. Also released for the first time in Merida, the Piano Concerto by composer Ricardo Castro from Durango, with the accompaniment of the Yucatecan Manuel Escalante, who will be the guest soloist.
Program 2: September 20 and 22
“Fidelio” is the name of one of the four overtures Beethoven wrote for his only opera of the same name. This program will feature stellar Russian violinist Vadim Brodsky, a major figure and heir to a dynasty of talented Russian violinists: his grandfather, Adolf Brodsky, was the one who premiered the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. In this program, you will also hear the Brahms Violin Concerto, a piece of profound beauty, essential in any violin repertoire. The ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ is subtitled “Episode from the life of an artist”, since it is a passionate autobiographical piece set to music based on the love felt by Berlioz for the British actress Harriet Smithson. Instead of making a direct declaration of love, the composer describes his dreams, fantasies, jealousy, crime and a delirious, demonic coven in music.
Program 3: September 27 and 29
Winds from the North
This program is devoted to Scandinavian music, finished off by the famous Piano Concerto by Edvard Grieg, interpreted by the renowned Mexican pianist Mauricio Nader, and accompanied by Polish director Maciej Zoltowski. Also interpreted in this program are the two most famous pieces of the Finn composer Jean Sibelius: ‘Overture Finland’, the “anthem” of the country and its majestic Symphony No. 2 Op 43 (1902), with a language entirely romantic. The grand finale is related to the independence of Finland, so it is also known as the Symphony of Independence.
Program 4: October 4 and 6
Impressionist France and its Destinations
The ‘Pavana’ by French composer Gabriel Fauré is certainly one of his most famous works. Originally composed for piano, orchestrated in 1887 and sometimes accompanied by an optional choir, this piece has appeared in several films, television series, choreographed ballet and figure skating programs, and has been adapted by musicians from jazz, rock and pop. It is a beautiful Spanish dance which takes us to a kind of dream that evokes colorful French Impressionism. In this same century and along the same line, the distinguished cellist and member of the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Alvaro Bitran, will perform the Concerto for Cello by French Édouard Lalo. The Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 which follows is an essential work in the orchestral repertoire, characterized by music written to describe the force of destiny. This wonderful piece has unmatched beauty and memorable passages that have caused it to become one of the most famous symphonies in the history of music.
Program 5: October 18 and 20
Wagner and More
Recalling that this 2013 is the year of Wagner, the OSY and Román Revueltas this program’s guest conductor, will perform the Prelude to The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. The young man who stunned audiences in the Third “José Jacinto Cuevas” Piano Competition returns to participate as a soloist with variations on a theme by Paganini, works of Russian Sergei Rachmaninov and more. He will also play, for the first time in Merida, the Symphony No. 2 by Alexander Borodin, also known by his famous work ‘Polovetsianas Dances’. This symphony presents Russian folk elements mixed with Western values of musical art.
Program 6: November 8 and 10
Russian Ballet Suites
As in all seasons, we could not miss solo participation by some of the leading musicians of the OSY. On this occasion, the ‘Hebrew Rhapsody’ by Leroy Osmon, American composer living in Merida for several years, will be performed for the first time in Yucatan. The ‘Pulcinella Ballet’ by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, based on music by Pergolesi and in a play from the eighteenth century, will also be performed. It was originally premiered in Paris on May 15, 1920, choreographed by Leonide Massine with sets and costumes by Pablo Picasso. Also, the theme of Swan Lake is a wonderful tale that has become one of the most represented ballets worldwide. The popularity of this music was revived by the film ‘Black Swan’ by Darren Aronofsky recently and this acclaimed ballet has now become popular among new audiences.
Program 7: November 15 and 17
Musical and Pictorial Journey
Brahms composed simultaneously and released in the same year two very contrasting overtures, the ‘Academic Festival Overture’ and the ‘Tragic Overture’. The latter is introspective and shows the romantic vein, and the Nordic melancholy of this German composer. From Tchaikovsky we will hear ‘Rococo Variations for cello’ (1876), apparently inspired by the music of Mozart, under the interpretation of Mexican cellist Ildefonso Cedillo. The ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ is originally a piano suite by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, inspired by an exhibition of drawings, sketches and models of the architect Victor Hartman. The “Pictures” are made up of 10 pieces of distinctive musical universes and we are shown each piece through musical imagination, as we walk through the halls of a museum to discover in every picture the bright and colorful orchestration of French composer, Maurice Ravel.
Program 8: November 22 and 24
From Baroque to Romanticism
Mozart, the genius of Salzburg, composed 22 operas, including his comic opera ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (composed between 1785 and 1786) which is one of the highlights of the standard operatic repertoire. The opening tells a little of everything that happens in the whole opera. From the Baroque repertoire, our concertmaster Gocha Skhirtladze interprets Violin Concertos No. 1 and 2 by German Johann Sebastian Bach, whose creative work is considered as the pinnacle of Baroque music and one of the peaks of world music and Western musical thought. Finally, also from German Johannes Brahms, Portuguese director Mario Mateus will lead the orchestra through the universe of this introspective romantic composer with ‘Symphony No. 2 Op 73′, composed in 1877, which shares the musical mood (but not the tone) with subsequent Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral Symphony’.
Program 9: December 6 and 8
Coral Gala: Verdi, 200 years
2013 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, remarkable and influential composer of Italian opera and bridge between the bel canto of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini. He was the author of some of the most popular pieces in the lyrical repertoire including Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore and masterpieces of maturity which include Aida, Don Carlos, Otello and Falstaff. An eminently dramatic composer, Verdi was the great ruler of European lyric stage during the second half of the nineteenth century. This chorale gala is dedicated to this great genius of the opera as we listen to some of his best known works and representative fragments of his most famous operas, with the participation of the Yucatan Philharmonic Choir conducted by Maestro Luis Luna Guarneros.
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 9: $100, $150, $200 and $250 pesos.