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Merida Events: Music for the Holidays




This Week… starting December 13, 2010

Note: The Bici-Ruta will be discontinued until after New Years.

Note: So that our readers can better plan their holidays, we are including a list of all of the Festivals and Fiestas that will be held throughout the interior of the State of Yucatan for the remainder of December. Every one of these events is special and we hope you all take this opportunity to explore the interior of this wonderful state.

Municipal Fiestas This WeekOrange Festival 2010

Yucatan Living Oxkutzcab: Orange Festival: Began on Dec. 10
This is the 26th annual Orange Festival in Yucatan. Those 26 years have seen this festival grow into an international event. Buyers of both citrus fruit and livestock are all on hand to make certain that they get their fair share of the agricultural wealth of the state. Events will be available for the entire family and Juicer Akil will provide free orange, tangerine, and grapefruit juice for all who attend the festival.

Yucatan Living Tizimin Fiesta: Dec. 15 through Jan. 10
This is a huge fiesta in the heart of Yucatan’s horse country. Visit the Tizimin Website to see loads of pictures of this great area. Tizimin is that large municipality that borders the Gulf of Mexico and Quintana Roo, as well as extending far into the interior of the State. This gives this municipality access to all of the best of the entire peninsula. Their festivals and fiestas are always "must attend" events.

Yucatan Living Tixpéual Festival: Dec. 17 through Dec. 20Tixpeual, Yucatan
This is the annual "County Fair" of this municipality. Tixpéual is bordered on the north by Tixkokob, on the south by Kanasin and Acanceh, on the east by Seye and Tixkokob, and on the west by Kanasin and Merida. Did somebody say “location-location-location?” Tixpéual is one of those places where, when you tell folks you live "in a village on the Yucatan Peninsula," you neglect to add that it is practically in sight of the city. The ethnicity of almost half the population of Tixpéual is Otomi and that is the language they speak. Read more about Otomi History. Since there are fewer than 300,000 Otomi left in Mexico, this group of people is one of the treasures of Yucatan. We hope you take a look at this little municipality. Great things are coming from here in the not too distant future.

Yucatan Living Espita Fiesta 10 Day Event: Dec. 19 through Dec. 28
This fiesta is in honor of the Niño Dios. Espita is in the East-Central part of our state, just to the east of Dzitas and just under 2 hours from Merida. Lots of cattle ranches and cowboys here, and all of the good food and leather work that goes along with them. There will be bullfights at this fair, along with a 15 km cattle drive from Sucilá to Espita. You can also find beautiful ramilletes in Espita.

 

Municipal Festivals and Fiestas: Week of Dec. 20 – 26

Yucatan Living Tunkas Fiesta 5 Day Event: Dec. 20 through Dec. 24
This fiesta is in honor of St. Thomas the Apostle. Tunkas is located just this side of Izamal. Look in Tunkas for huipiles, hammocks, and pottery. Tunkas (Wall of Stones) belonged to the Chieftanship of Cupul during the pre-Histanic era. It is the product of an ancient Mayan civilization that is mentioned in The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel. About half of the population is Mayan today and that is the language of all the indigenous people of Tunkas. 

Yucatan Living Sotuta Fiesta 1 Day Event: December 23 (only)
This fiesta is in honor of San Idelfonso, Archbishop of Toledo, who was responsible, in large part, for the unification of the Spanish liturgy. He died in 667. Sotuta is the ancestral home of Nachi Cocom and the ancestral home of the family of assassinated Governor Felipe Carrillo Puerto. If you are a history buff, Sotuta is the place for you. If you are a shopper, this is cowboy country – so look for great leatherwork here!

 

Municipal Festivals and Fiestas: Week of: Dec. 27 – Jan. 2

Yucatan Living Peto Fiesta 7 Day Event: Dec. 27 through January 2
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Estrella (the Virgin of the Star). Peto is also a rural municipality, so lots of leatherwork here – but there are also at least 3 fantastic jewelry shops in Peto and at least one of these families creates the marvelous high-end jewelry sold in the better shops in Merida. Any fiesta in Peto is a great excuse to find out just what wonders may lie in the heart of Yucatan. 

Yucatan Living Tizimin Festival 9 Day Event: Dec. 29 through January 6Tizimin Fair 2010
This event overlaps with the fiesta that begins on Dec. 15 and ends on Jan. 10. The focus of this event is on agriculture, livestock, industry, and artisans. If you are looking for an “After Christmas Sale,” we suggest that this event might be just the ticket. The event includes celebrations in honor of the Three Kings, with Jan. 6 being the biggest celebration, and is just the first of the celebrations in January. You are cordially invited to come back yet again, Jan. 28 – 31, for the Fiesta in Honor of the Virgen de la Candelaria. Don’t forget to visit the Tizimin Website.

 

In the City of Merida

Every kind of choir imaginable will perform in Merida this week. Their range will be from folkloric to classical, and their ages will range from children to adults. As always, they will leave us wanting more!Pastorela

 

Monday (Lunes) December 13, 2010

Yucatan Living Theater: Pastorela Filac Septimo Sentido (Seventh Sense)
This performance is under the direction of David Garcia Zamora. It will be in Spanish but, somehow, we expect that this performance will transcend language barriers.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Taco Maya’s “Funky Market”
Artists and artisans from Merida, Progreso, Chelem, Chuburna, Santa Elena, Telchac and Chixculub will be displaying their beautiful wares. Christmas is just around the corner, so come early for picking out special and unusual gifts.
Location: Taco Maya, Chelem
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) December 14, 2010

Yucatan Living Music/Song: First Meeting of the State Choirs
This is going to be an outstanding performance. Participants include the Coro de Niños de Wallis, Coro de la Escuela Primaria Jose Vasconcelos, Coro Cobay Xoclan, Coro Habal K’ay   C. C. (cultural center) La Iberica. The talent here is beyond belief. The directors are award winning voices in their own right and we can only imagine the choirs they have created! …and don’t think this is all of the Choirs of Yucatan. Take a look at Wednesday and Thursday nights for even more of these marvelous Choirs of Yucatan in their first ever performances together!
Location: in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music/Song: Finals in the State Contest of Interpretes del Canto Popular y Trova Yucateca
Do you ever wonder where all of these new voices come from? Merida has some of the finest music and voice schools in the world and Cafe Peña K’aay T’aan gives many of these new voices an opportunity to showcase their talents every Tuesday night. As the State Fair at Xmatkuil draws closer each November, the contests begin. Then, in mid-December, the public is invited to hear the results. These are the young voices that will lead popular music and trova into the future of Yucatan all around the world and we are so pleased to recommend this event.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music/Song: Tuesday of Trova
This week’s performance is by Trio Trova Nova, under the direction of David Solis.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 15, 2010

Yucatan Living Music/Niños: Ensamble de Percusiones del Centro de Musica Jose Jacinto Cuevas
This performance will be under the direction of David Martinez and we can only imagine the energy the audience will experience. These are the stars of tomorrow and we hope everyone will go out and support them.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music/Song: First Meeting of the State ChoirsState Choirs Festival
More of Yucatan’s marvelous choirs! Tonight, meeting for their first performance together: Coro Corderitos de Cristo, Dabid Ricardo Eb Novelo, Director; Coro de Niños del CIMI, Claudia Edme Lopez Sanguino, Directora; Coro Metropolitano, Nancy Leticia Cortez Diaz, Directora; and Coro del Centro Cultural Ricardo Lopez Mendez, Jesus Carvajal Cohuo, Director.
Location: Casa De la Cultura del Mayab. Once again, these directors are all individuals we have watch as they won award after award for their own skill and talent. This will be an excellent performance!
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) December 16, 2010City Choir Christmas Concert

Yucatan Living Music/Song: La Magia de la Navidad
This is a concert by the Choir of the City of Merida, under the artistic direction of Mtra. Nidia Gongora Cervera. We do not see enough of this wonderful choir, so always take advantage of any opportunity you have to hear them.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. colon x Calle 20, Garcia Gineres
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG (Month At A Glance) Calendarfor the movies showing this week. The MAAG will be updated the MINUTE we get the information!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Music/Song: First Meeting of the State Choirs
…and More Choirs of Yucatan! Tonights choirs, along with their talented directors, include: Coro Pizzicanto Centro Escolar Teresa de Calcuta, Ricardo Lugo Avila, Director; Coro Escuela Modelo, Victor Rubio, Director; Coro de Niños del Cecuny, Eunice Medina Castro, Directora; Coro de las Casa de la Cultura, Gaspar Gamboa Sosa, Director. Once again, this is a must see performance!
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: FreeThe Nutcracker Ballet

Yucatan Living The Moscow State Ballet: El Cascanueces(The Nutcracker)
It wouldn’t be Christmas in Yucatan without a Russian ballet company. This is, ovbiously, a must see performance. Up to 40 ballerinas will be on stage at any given time to bring us this marvelous story of the history of Christmas.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Call: 924-9990

 

Friday (Viernes) December 17, 2010

Yucatan Living Music/Song: First Meeting of the State Choirs
…and yes – there are More Choirs of Yucatan! Tonight, you will hear: Niños Cantores de Yucatan, Gaspar Gamboa Sosa, Director; Coro Jubal Iglesia Nacional Presbiteriana Puerta de Salvacion, Horacio Romero Murillo, Director; Coro de Varones, Guadalupe Maria del Socorro Cauich y Chan, Directora; Coro del Colegio de Musicos de Yucatan, Luis Roberto Sanchez Gavito, Director; and Ensamble Coral Voces del Mayab, Victor Gonzalez Perez, Director. And there you have it – Five nights with the Choirs of the State of Yucatan. We want to see how they will top that next year!
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG (Month At A Glance) Calendarfor the movies showing this week. The MAAG will be updated the MINUTE we get the information!
Location:LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

 

Saturday (Sabado) December 18, 2010Perro Azul Studio

Yucatan Living You Are Invited: Perro Azul Open Studio
Viviana Hinojosa and Manuel Taure have the pleasure of inviting you to celebrate the opening of their new studio. Tonight they will present the first part of their project, "Sirvase con la cuchara grande" (Serve Yourself with a Big Spoon) a representation of art relating to food and the kitchen. Among the participating artists are Elina (designer) and Jeff D. Ware (knifemaker). Look to Perro Azul for one of a kind paintings and engravings. Viviana and Manuel look forward to seeing you.
Location: Calle 61 # 588-A x 74 y 76, Barrio Santiago, Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG (Month At A Glance) Calendarfor the movies showing this week. The MAAG will be updated the MINUTE we get the information!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Cinema: A Tribute to Jose Emilio Pacheco
There is no listing for the name of this movie, just that it will be shown as part of a series dedicated to Jose Emilio Pacheco. This movie will probably be in Spanish and will also probably not have English subtitles.
Location: Cineteca National Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Nativity Crafts for Children
This morning, Mtra. Elizabeth Aguilar Herrera will be teaching a nativity crafts class at the Museum of the city. If you do not have a child in the age 6 to 12 range, you might consider dropping by – especially if you live away from the city. There could be wonderful crafts here that would be of interest for next year to the children where you live. In fact, nativity crafts, a sort of Christmas in July, might be just the thing you need in your neighborhood when school is out and volume levels go on high.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 10:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Recital of Piano and Popular GuitarPiano and Popular Guitar Recital
This is a performance by the Students of Centro Cultural Wallis. We are dedicated fans of this school and can assure you that this is going to be a performance you will want to see.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) December 19, 2010

Yucatan Living Classical Dance: Utzmaac y Narcidalia
This is a performance by Compania de Danza Clasica de Yucatan, under the direction of the very talented Victor Salas. Yucatan loves classical music and dance almost on a visceral level and it shows in the depth of performances by classical dancers and classical musicians that seem to be almost endlessly produced by this culture. This is going to be a wonderful performance.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Call to Confirm 01 999 924 3843
Admission: Call to Confirm 01 999 924 3843

Hidden Worlds

Yucatan Living Documentary: Hidden Worlds
This is an especially appropriate documentary for showing in Yucatan because it contains scenes of the world beneath the surface of the Earth – and many of these worlds are the same kind of watery worlds that lie beneath Yucatan.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: A Tribute to Jose Emilio Pacheco
There is no listing for the name of this movie, just that it will be shown as part of a series dedicated to Jose Emilio Pacheco. This movie will probably be in Spanish and will also probably not have English subtitles.
Location: Cineteca National Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon




Yucatan Living Cathedral Mass in English  December 24
If you can make your way to the Cathedral in Merida on Christmas Eve, you will never forget the experience. If the mass is in English, as this one will be, then all the better.
Location: In the Chapel of the Cathedral, Calle 61 x 60
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 2nd Annual Spay-Neuter Campaign 2nd Annual Spay-Neuter Campaign
Merida: January 9 – 12
Progreso: January 14 & 15

Goal: To Spay or Neuter 1,500 dogs and cats in 6 days (Yes we can!)
Sponsors: Planned Pethood in cooperation with UADY, Servicios de Salud deYucatan, Evolución, AFAD, The City of Mérida, PRI Verde and other organizations
Volunteer Vets Will Be From: the US., Canada, Romania and Slovakia
Need: 10 double hotel rooms, free or at reduced rates; and food for the vets while they are here
In Exchange For: Your Logo on all promotional material, including on banners displayed at each spay-neuter location.
For More Information and details about how you can participate, please contact Dr. Tony or Dr. Nelson at Planned Pethood. Phone: 944-2310 or by e-mail: planpetmex[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]mx

Yucatan Living Christmas Bird Count – Between December 14 and January 15
Yucatan will hold 3 Christmas Bird Counts, each over an area of a 15 mile diameter circle. The centers of these circles are in Celestun, El Cuyo, and Rio Lagartos. Visit the Toh website to learn more about this event. As of this post, the registration button has not gone live, but you can contact them by e-mail from their contact page.

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: Traditional Christmas Dinner Dec. 25
Menu: carrot & mushroom soup with bread roll; homemade French pate served with side salad, roast turkey with all trimmings, vegetables and baby boiled potatoes, peaches marinated in Brandy with Limon Sorbet, traditional Christmas Cake, Liquor Coffees. Drink of choice upon arrival and unlimited red or white wine served with dinner. Christmas fun prize quiz, carols played in the background.
Location: Hotel Zamna
Time: Doors open 3:00 PM, Dinner: 3:30 PM
Admission: $300 pesos Limit 26 guests so collect your tickets as early as possible

Yucatan Living Christmas Dinner at Hotel Yakunah : December 25
Menu: Christmas Tapas, Clear game broth with mushrooms, Grilled shrimp on a bed of spinach, served with a saffron sauce, turkey & trimmings “buffet style”, and a Christmas Dessert.
Location: Hotel Yakunah, Calle 21 #64 x 48 y 50 (across from Orca Condos)
Time: Doors Open: 5:00 PM, Dinner Begins: 6:00 PM
Admission: $400 pesos per person
Reservations: Stop by the hotel, e-mail: info[at]hotelyakunah[dot]com[mx], hotelyakunah[at]yahoo[dot]com, Call: (969) 935-5600, (999) 262-2331

Yucatan Living Zamna New Year Gala  Dec. 31
This year’s theme will be “Emerald Magic.” Included will be a four course, sit down dinner. The menu will include: Cream of Chicken and Mushroom Soup, Roast Pork, apple Sauce, Stuffing served with Vegetables, Baby Boiled Potatoes, Peaches marinated in Brandy served with Caramel Flan, Christmas Fruit Cake, and Liquor Coffees. You will also enjoy: The Zamna Emerald Magic Prize Quiz, Dancing to 3 decades of music, and a toast at midnight. All local spirits, beers and house wine throughout the night – AND a few surprises.
Location: Hotel Zamna
Time: Doors Open: 8:00 PM, Dinner: 8:30 PM
Admission: $400 pesos

Yucatan Living Hotel Yakunah: New Year’s Eve Party
Live music, international buffet, hampaigne at 12 and – again this year – they will burn ‘el viejo!
Location: Hotel Yakunah, Calle 21 #64 x 48 y 50 (across from Orca Condos)
Time: Doors Open: TBA, Dinner Begins: TBA
Admission: TBA
Reservations: Stop by the hotel, e-mail: info[at]hotelyakunah[dot]com[mx], hotelyakunah[at]yahoo[dot]com, Call: (969) 935-5600, (999) 262-2331

 

Early 2010

Yucatan Living Carnival 2011 (More as we hear additional information)
Mark your calendars now for the following parade dates:Carnaval 2011
March 2, 2011: Quema del Mal Humor
March 3, 2011: Preschoolers Parade
March 4, 2011: Corsican Parade
March 5, 2011: Fantasia Parade
March 6, 2011: Bachata Parade (Loads of fun with a Caribbean flavor)
March 7, 2011: Regional Parade
March 8, 2011: Battle of the Flowers Parade
March 9, 2011: Entierro de Juan Carnival
Keep an eye on Zona de Palcos to plan where you will get the best view of the festivities. No word yet on seating prices, but there should be more information soon.
Carnival Map on the Carnival de Merida 2011 website.

 

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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Music for the Holidays”

  1. Hola. Last week as part of the Feria Izamal program a Merida-based group called Yajal Kab gave a wonderful performance in the Palacio Municipial. They describe their music as Yucateco / Cubano. Consummately professional and terrific. But, no discs available anywhere and no active website I can find. Are you familiar with this group and how can I learn about their schedule of performances and where to find their music? Thank you very much.

  2. P. Boyd – Yahal Kab has a blog: http://www.yahalkab.blogspot.com
    Their e-mail address is at the bottom of that page. I’m sure they can help you with where to purchase CDs.

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