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Yucatan Symphony: Jan-June 2012

Temporada Spring 2012

The 2011 Fall Season for Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan

Under the Direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco (


Program 2: January 27 and 29Jaime Marquez, Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan
Between Spain and France, dances and foot stamping! The exotic and famous Dance Bacchanal from the opera presented at the end of the season, Samson and Delilah, by C. Saint-Saens, tells the party that held the Philistines to capture Samson after the treacherous Delilah takes the strength he had in his long hair. Back in his homeland, Cecilio Perera interprets the Concierto Madrigal joined on second guitar by Jaime Marquez, currently director of Festival International Cervantino. Spanish composers Manuel and Rodrigo de Falla, capture the essence of Spanish dances, the fandango and foot stamping like the French Maurice Ravel, with his haunting and mesmerizing Bolero.


Program 3: February 3 and 5Józef Olechowski at the Yucatan Symphonic Orchestra
Here is a program that features Romantics from Poland. The soloist will play Chopin and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3, both which bear the stamp of Poland. The program begins with the Academic Festival of German composer, Johannes Brahms, a romantic work that uses a dozen motifs. There will also be four student pieces.
The Polish pianist Józef Olechowski, founder and artistic director of, Sociedad Cultural Federico Chopin de México will perform one of the most romantic pieces for piano, Concerto No. 1 op. 11, composed by Chopin in 1830. Finally, he will also perform the Polish Symphony No. 3 by Tchaikovsky.

Program 4: February 10 and 12Gabriela Diaz, Guest Director at OSY

From the German composer of operas, Richard Wagner, we have an extraordinary legacy. The Flying Dutchman Overture is an example of the power used in his instrumental compositions. Later in the program, there will be a woman as guest director. Gabriela Diaz is the first director of a Mexican orchestra, the Symphony of the IPN. A Mozart flute concerto is interpreted by Joaquin Melo, principal flutist of the OSY, sure to immerse us in the beauty of classicism. Lastly, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, composed in 1806 during a quiet period in the life of tempestuous composer, will be performed.



Program 5: March 2 and 4 Christopher Collins  Violinist from OSY
This is a program almost entirely classical. Mozart composed over 600 works, covering all musical genres of his time. The overture of the opera Don Giovanni appears as number seven in the list of operas most performed around the world. Our talented concertmaster Christopher Collins will play the Violin Concerto No. 3 by the same composer and will perform the piece with an actual violin that belonged to Mozart’s father, Leopold, who inspired one of the characters in Don Giovanni. Another piece in this program, the Classical Symphony by Sergei Prokofiev, is a tribute to classicism, full of energy and vitality, and is a virtuous and joyful work. Finally, Capricho Español by Russian Rimsky-Korsakov is based on Spanish melodies and will be performed to round out the program.

Program 6: March 9 and 11 Inna Nassidze in the Yucatan Symphonic Orchestra
This program takes us from Romanticism to Russia. The Egmont Overture is a piece that represents the tragedy of the same name by Goethe in 1788. The soloists will be a duet of great talent and brilliance, the Georgian cellist Inna Nassidze and concertmaster Manuel Lozano from the Xalapa Symphony. They will play one of the most famous concert for two instruments, composed in 1887. Variaciones sobre un tema de Haydn by Brahms is a masterpiece of this composer. Another piece played in this program, Polovetsian Dances, is the most famous piece from the opera Prince Igor by A. Borodin. It is often interpreted as a separate part in concerts and is one of the most popular in a classical repertoire.

Program 7: March 16 and 18Santiago Serrate, Guest Director at OSY
The young Spanish director Santiago Serrate has a growing career and has been assistant to renowned directors Pedro Halffter and Antoni Ross Marbá. For this program, he will conduct one of the most famous works of Felix Mendelssohn, Dream of a Summer Night. One of the best known themes is the Nuptial March, which is usually played at weddings. In the first part, the program is characterized by the virtuosity and lightness of Rossini, in the popular William Tell Overture, the composer’s last opera. The program also includes Variations for Clarinet by the talented Fernando Dominguez, who is part of Trio Neos and ONIX Ensemble for contemporary music. He will also play the Concertino for Clarinet by Weber, an entertaining piece played on the clarinet.

Program 8: March 23 and 25Aarón Sanchez Playing Piano with OSY
From the beautiful country of Russia, this program contains three major works of three great composers. The Slovenian March was composed by Tchaikovsky in just five days to commemorate the Russian soldiers who died in support of the Serbian government during the war against Turkey. In the twentieth century, Dmitri Shostakovich composed his Second Piano Concerto (1957) for the birthday of his son Maxim, who premiered the work at his graduation from the Moscow Conservatory. Aaron Sanchez, winner in the junior category of the Jacinto Cuevas First Piano Competition, will perform this work. In the same century, ten years earlier, Stravinsky revised his version of the ballet Petrushka, which tells the life of a puppet that comes to life and develops emotions. It is one of the most important works of the composer and part of the Russian music revolution of the twentieth century that captured the rest of the world.


Program 9: April 20 and 22Sebastián Kwapisz playing Violin with OSY
The Sicilian Vespers is about the historical event of the killing of the French in Sicily in 1282, an event which caused the disappearance of the domain of Charles I of Anjou on the island. This is a powerful overture and will be heard in Merida for the second time. Also, “The Campanela” will be directed by the concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, the Polish-Mexican Sebastian Kwapisz, who will demonstrate the virtuosity and melodic style of gypsy music. About the Suite No. 3, Tchaikovsky wrote "My intention was to write a symphony, but the title does not matter." Composed in 1884, this piece was very well received by critics and has universal popularity. The final movement, Theme and Variations, is a wonderful example of the creative of the genius composer. This piece was performed by the Russian dancer Balanchine and immortalized with his exceptional choreography.

Program 10: April 27 and 29 Mari Eli Sosa with the Yucatan Symphonic Orchestra
With an entirely American program, the symphony takes us to the worlds of movies and Broadway. Cuban Overture by Gershwin was originally titled Rumba, and was inspired by the Cuban dances the composer heard in the clubs and streets of Havana in 1932. John Williams described to Leroy Anderson as "one of the great American masters of light orchestra music" composed the Piano Concerto, strongly influenced by the music of Gershwin. The program will include the Yucatan pianist Eli Maria Sosa. Also on the bill, Outdoor Overture is a popular piece with optimistic temper and enjoys a definite appreciation among young American audiences. Symphonic Dances from West Side Story was a musical innovation in its time for the dances with Latin rhythms, jazz riffs and love songs of great melodic beauty, as well as the theme that recalls the history of Romeo and Juliet.


Program 11: May 11 and 13
Bach’s Suite No. 3 is one of his best known orchestral works. The second movement contains some of the finest passages that Bach wrote. This is also known as Aria in G. Instrumentation is small and includes violins, violas, cellos, double basses, two oboes, three trumpets, timpani and harpsichord. The next piece will transport us one hundred years later and with baroque orchestration, the orchestra will grow significantly in size to present Mahler’s First Symphony, Titan, composed in 1888. This piece was conceived as a long symphonic poem and is Mahler’s most popular piece due to its melodic richness. The Funeral March, undoubtedly the most famous movement, moved Mahler himself when he led the symphony in New York twenty years after its release.

Program 12: May 18 and 20
For this program we will have the luxury of a guest conductor, Canadian Marc David, director of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and l’Symphonique de Longueuil in Quebec. This program will be devoted to major overtures from the history of music. The first belongs to the opera The Magic Flute, by W. A. Mozart. Similar in importance and popularity is the opera The Barber of Seville, one of the great masterpieces of comedy in music. Beethoven wrote four overtures to Fidelio, his only opera. The first overture, Leonora, was dismissed even before the premiere of the opera. Leonora No. 2 was written for the premiere of 1805. For the re-release of 1806, Leonora Overture No. 3 was a great musical achievement and very popular. The overture to The Mastersingers was performed long before the completed Wagner opera. It consists of an opening and a closing, the stately procession of the Meistersinger interludes evoking Walter and Eva’s love. The Overture Romeo and Juliet by Tchiakovsky is based on the work of Shakespeare and is the final piece in the program.


Opera Samson and Delilah: June 15,17,19, 22, 24 and 26

Opera Samson and Delilah with the Yucatan Symphonic Orchestra

Samson and Delilah is an opera in three acts by French composer Camille Sain-Saens and with a libretto in French by Ferdinand Lemaire. It premiered in Weimar, Germany on December 2, 1877. 
The opera is based on the biblical story of Samson and Delilah from Chapter 16 of the Book of Judges in the Old Testament. In the mid-nineteenth century, there was a revival of interest in choral music throughout France and Saint-Saëns, an admirer of Handel and Mendelssohn’s oratorios, began the composition of an oratorio on the subject of Samson and Delilah. His librettist, Ferdinand Lemaire, convinced him of its potential for opera. The music is extraordinary, full of colors and beauty. Carla Dirlikov returns to grace us with her amazing presence and Rodrigo García Arroyo will accompany her in her return after her previous performance in Carmen.

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.

Opera: $300, $500, $550 and $600 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.

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