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Merida Events: Spring Festival of Music




This Week… starting April 11, 2011

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Tepakan Fiesta: April 12 
This one day event is in honor of San Antonio. Tepakan is located south of Temax and north Izamal. With only a little over 2,100 inhabitants in this municipality, almost 1,600 of them are Mayan and the Mayan language is prevalent here.  Holy Week in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Across the State of Yucatan: Semana Santa (Holy Week)
Note: The Progreso Whole Food Market will be open throughout Semana Santa
April 17 – 24

  • April 17: Palm SundayDomingo de Ramos
  • April 21: Holy Thursday   Cathedral 6:00 PM  Symbolic washing of 12 parishoners’ feet
  • April 22: Good Friday Passion Plays: Cathedral, Santiago, Acanceh, Mani and others (as pictured on the right) (Click here for video of this event in Acanceh)
  • April 24: Resurrection Day / Easter SundayDía de Gloria

Yucatan Living Akil Fiesta: April 14 through April 20
This fiesta is in honor of St. Ines. There will be street dancing and jaranas competition dancing. Akil is a tiny municipality in the southern part of the state, bounded on the north and south by Mani and Tekax, and on the east and west by Teabo and Oxkutzcab. We often overlook these little gems and are quite surprised when we visit and find marvelous monuments and churches, as well as artisans.
Note: This event is the second week in April unless Easter is late, in which case, it is the week after Easter.

Yucatan Living Tekal de Venegas Fiesta: April 15 through 19
This fiesta is held in honor of San Pedro. Tekal de Venegas is located in the north-central part of the state and is in two sections that are connected by only a thin strip of land, so it has 2 neighbors to the north (Temax and Dzoncauich) and 2 neighbors to the south (Izamal and Tunkas). The two most widespread languages spoken here are Maya and Nahuatl. There are two great temples in Tekal de Venegas, one to San Roman and the other to San Pedro, that make this trip worthwhile.

In the City of Merida

This is a huge week for music in the City of Merida! We love this time of year. Not only are these performances part of the Spring Festival of Music, but they are also part of the required performances by the internationally well known musicians and voices of Yucatan. If you are making plans for next year, you can always block out this time and be sure to be in Merida to hear some of the best music in the world!

Monday (Lunes) April 11, 2011

Yucatan Living Coral Concert: Presentation for Mtro. Luis Aponte (Venezuela)
Tonight, we have two classical choirs. First, Coro de Camara de Yucatan, under the direction of Jonathan Renteria. Second, is Coro Polifonico del ICY, under the direction of Victor Manuel Rubio. This will be a wonderful performance!
Location: Centro Cultural Juan Acereto, Calle 59 x 50MACAY Openings
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artists Featured at the MACAY During April and May
Alfredo Gavaldón, Cristina Sansores, José Luis Bustamante, Jordi Boldó, Ulises Castro, Víctor Argáez, Katrin Schikora, María Lagunes
For more information about each of these wonderful artists, visit the website of the MACAY

 

Tuesday (Martes) April 12, 2011

Yucatan Living Concert: Rhythm of Love
This is a performance by Grupo Vocal Secreto a Voces. The Secret Voices include three of the most well known voices in Merida: Patricia De Maria, Omar Celis Munoz and Marilu Basulto. They have been singing together since 1980!
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission:  FreeYucatan English Newspaper

Yucatan Living Invitation: Yucatan’s First English Newspaper in Print
You are cordially invited to the Historical Premier Printing of Yucatan`s first English newspaper:The Yucatan Times.
Launch Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Location: Cineteca, 2nd floor in Teatro Armando Manzanero
Time: 10:30 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Arturo Guzman Jazz Trio
This performance features Arturo Guzman on drums, Edgar Boffill on piano, and Alberto Palomo on guitar, with the voice of Malena Duran in a performance called A Night Journey. With Arturo Guzman directing, we know this is going to be a great performance.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

King Kong 1933

Yucatan Living Movie: King Kong
(U.S. 1933). Starring Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Galanes
This performance is under the direction of Claudio Mo
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission:  Free

 

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) April 13, 2011

Yucatan Living Concert: Grupo Los Embajadores
What’s New and What’s Always in Yucatan’s Trova. Come and listen to the magic as Yucatan’s trova evolves through the years in one performance.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Eduardo Rodriguez
The title of this performance is Bolero Soul and it is to be a fusion of Jazz, Soul, and Latin Jazz. If you know Eduardo Rodriguez, you know this will be an excellent performance.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Edith Wilson is Coming to MeridaEdith Wilson in Merida
You are invited to meet Edith Wilson the writer and public policy analyst who wrote the widely circulated Washington Post article called, A Letter from the Other Mexico: Mexico Behind the Drug Violence. Ms. Wilson will be do a presentation and take your questions regarding this timely topic. Please come out and support the efforts to put fair journalism back in place.
Date: Wednesday April 13th
Location: Joanna & Jorge Rosado’s college: Tecnología Turística Total (TTT)
Calle 57 No. 492 Entre 56 & 58 Colonia Centro, Mérida
Time: 8:00 pm Wednesday
For more Information: Call 928-3515

Yucatan Living Concert: Traditional Trova
This is a performance by Coro Voces sin Fronteras, under the direction of Carlos Tello Martinez and Trio Ensueño, under the direction of Mario Bolio Garcia. If Trio Ensueño is there, you know the performance will be wonderful.
Location: Museo de la Cancion Yucateca, calle 57 x 50
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $ 20 pesos

Yucatan Living 69th Anniversary of Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten
One of our all time favorites, under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) April 14, 2011The World of Children

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Temporary Exposition: The World of Children
Photographers: Rennatte and Tadeusz Dabrowski
Yarn, Fabric and Heart, A Collective Exhibition
Location: Salas de Exposiciones Temporales in the Museum of the City of Merida
Another Collective Exposition: Each Head… a World
Location: Municipal Art Gallery in Merida. Calle 56 x 65
Time: 8:00 PM for both events Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.Atril 6

Yucatan Living Musical Theater: Es… Cri Cri
This is a performance by Atril 6 and the University Theater Group of music by the famous children’s songwriter from the Yucatan. The performance is produced and directed by Jose Luis Gil Perez, with the musical direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera. This is a benefit performance for Centros de Integracion Juvenil Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Los Ninos Cantores de Yucatan & La Orquesta Tipica Infantil de Yucatan
Needless to say, this is an event that no one should miss.
Location: Centro Cultural Ricardo Lopez Mendez, Across from Liverpool
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Coro de la Ciudad de Merida
This performance of the Chorus of the City of Merida is called March of the Notes and is under the artistic direction of Mtra. Nidia Gongora.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: FreeYucatan Beach Artists

Yucatan Living Opening of the Collective Exhibition: Artistas de la Playa
This event is a group show and, we assume, sale by artists who live in Chuburna Puerto, Chelem, Progreso, Chicxulub and Merida.
Location: Restaurante La Playa, Chelem (on the beachfront just west of the glorieta coming from Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) April 15, 2011

Yucatan Living Concert: Trio Destellos
Erick, Cornelio and Jesus Sanchez sing traditional trova.
Location: Centro Cultural Ricardo Lopez Mendez, Across from Liverpool
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Jazz: Soul Train in Concert
This is a group that’s only been together for a short time, but each brings plenty of talent to the table. Everyone loves their performances.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: FreeHermanos Ruz

Yucatan Living Hermanos Ruz in Concert: Yucatan Identity
This performance is a new interpretation of tried and true trova.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) April 16, 2011

Yucatan Living Concert: A Postumous Tribute to Manuel Esperon
This performance is by Gabriel Velazquez and his Mariachi Metamorfosis, interpreting the music of the great composer Manuel Esperon.
Location: Teatro Dr. Joaquin Jimenez Trava del IMSS, next to T1 Hospital
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Happy Hour: Danny & Frank of Sol Survivor
Snowbirds have gone home, but the event will continue.
Location: Hotel Yakunah in Progreso
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: No cover

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Purple Rose of CairoThe Purple Rose of Cairo
(U.S. 1985). Stars Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels and Danny Aiello. In 1930s New Jersey, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) April 17, 2011

Yucatan Living Today is Palm Sunday and the Beginning of Semana Santa. They’ll be selling crucifixes, flowers and other items woven from palm leaves in front of the Cathedral in the Plaza Grande.

Yucatan Living Documentary: Ice Age Survivors
10,000 years ago, when the last ice age ended, many animals became extinct. Only a few survived and, today, their descendants are again facing a new threat of extinction caused by humans.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the zooZelig
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Zelig
(U.S. 1983). Starring Woody Allen, Mia Farrow and Patrick Horgan. "Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he’s around, and meets various famous people.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music and Dance in Progreso
This event is sponsored by the Municipality of Progreso and Casa Cultura.
Location: In front of the Palacio, in Parque Independencia
Time: 8:00 PM all Sundays
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: David Sandoval (baritone) / Carlos Camacho (piano)
What a treat! Its been a long time since we have heard a baritone. This performance is called Winter Travel and is based on music by Franz Schubert.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon


Yucatan Living Community Passover Seder, 2nd night: April 19, 2011
For all Jewish resident; visitors (and their families, Jewish or not).  Hebrew/English Haggadas will be available.
Location: ComunidadJudiadeMerida [at] gmail [dot] com
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Voluntary contribution of parve food in lieu of admission charge. 

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: Grand Easter Luncheon: April 24, 2011
Welcome drink of your choice on arrival, six course Easter Luncheon. Served with unlimited Red or White Wine. Easter Prize Quiz.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Merida Centro. Tel.999 924 0103
Time: 3:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: $300 pesos (limited to 28 guests)
More Information: Tickets available from hotel reception

Yucatan Living Semana Santa
April 21: Holy Thursday
            Cathedral 6:00 PM  Symbolic washing of 12 parishoners’ feet
April 22: Good Friday
            Passion Plays: Cathedral, Santiago, Acanceh, Mani
April 24: Resurrection Day / Easter SundayDía de Gloria

Yucatan Living Chelem Christmas Dreams Garage/ Bake Sale – April 30
Its time for Spring Cleaning and wardrobe reassessment. In fact, a whole house clean-out is a good idea! When you’re finished, bake a dozen or so of your favorite cookies or muffins and bring it all to the Chelem Christmas Dreams Garage / Bake Sale in Chelem’s main square on April 30. This year, they hope to have enough surplus funds to branch out and tackle other projects, such as trash containers for Chelem Centro or maybe even a defibrillator (AED). These items would be of benefit to everyone who lives in the Chelem area or visits there.

Yucatan Living Progreso: 1st Annual Capital of Rock Festival: May 13, 14 & 15Progreso Rock Festival
For updates and great maps to the locations, please visit the Progreso Capital of Rock website.
Friday (May 13): 60’s Rock
Location: Plaza“Hombre caídos en el mar” (at the end of Calle 29)
Time: 6:00 PM,
Admission: Free
Saturday (May 14): Rock & Pop
Location: Terraza de la “Pista de canotaje,” at the entrance to Puerto de Progreso
Time: 12:00 PM, Admission: Free
Saturday (May 14): Alternative Rock
Location: Area adjacent to the beach “El Playon,” (next to Hotel CTM)
Time: 5:00 PM, Admission: Free
Sunday (May 15): Pop Rock (new bands)
Location: Terrenos del Campo Deportivo“Víctor Cervera Pacheco” on the road to
Chicxulub Puerto, at the Glorieta del Corchito.
Time: 12:00 PM,
Admission: Free
Sunday (May 15): Rock (all types): Best Band
Location: Progreso Malecon; Parque Chazaro Perez
Time: 12:00 PM,
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Il Festival de San Bernardino de Siena in Valladolid
"451 years Fostering Faith & Culture",May 19th through 22nd, 2011
May 19th:
7:00 PM – Candle Lighting Ceremony
The Archbishop of Yucatan, Monsignor Emilio Carlos Berlie Belauzaran, will begin the ceremony by lighting the first candle, of thousands, placed all around the facade and the front esplanade of the Convent.
8:00 PM – Solemn Mass
The Archbishop of Yucatan Monsignor Emilio Carlos Berlie Belauzaran will officiate the mass, accompanied by Maestra Nidia Góngora, directing the choral ensemble of Merida & Valladolid.
May 20th
10:00 AM – Lectures
Four lectures on the art, history, architecture and colonial culture will be given at the Universities of Valladolid. Detailed information to follow.
12:00 noon – Visual Heritage of the State of Yucatan 1985-2009
Opening ceremony of the Biennial collection Art Exhibit by Renan Guillermo Gonzales, Director of the Institute of Culture of the State of Yucatan. (ICY) 24 selected works of art from Yucatan’s Biennial collection. 16 paintings and 8 sculptures.
Curators: Maestra Dr. Laura de la Mora Martí y Critico Luis Rius Caso. Main hall, 1st floor of the Convent.
3:00 PM – In Secula Seculorum
Opening ceremony for the art exhibit of 30 images belonging to regional churches and chapels, some from the very early years of the colonization. Presented by Professor Leonel Escalante Aguilar, Director of Culture of Valladolid and Gonzalo Ku Barrera, Parish Priest of San Bernardino de Siena. Next to the Atrium, ground floor.
Fundación Convento Sisal Valladolid, A.C.Barrio de Sisal, Valladolid,
7:00 PM – The Filibuster
Theatrical segment of the Valladolid novel by Don Eligio Ancona. Director Enrique Cascante, Secretaría de Educación Pública, Gobierno del Estado de Yucatán.
Front esplanade of the Convent
8:00 PM – Noche de Trova - Carlos Cuevas in Concert
Front esplanade of the Convent.

May 20th
11:00 AM – Perspectiva histórica del Convento de San Bernardino de Siena de Valladolid Yucatán
Presentation of the book by Angelina Tun Petul and Dr. Renán A. Góngora Biachi. Commentaries by Archeologist Sergio Grosjean Abimheri. Next to the Atrium, ground floor.

8 PM – Orquesta Típica Yucalpeten in Concert
Maestro Pedro Carlos Herrera, Director. Solo singers Maricarmen Pérez, Jesús Armando, Luis Arturo de la Cruz y Nancy Mas. Front esplanade of the Convent.
May 21st.
12:00 noon – Valladolid Cuisine Tasting Event
The details of this event will be sent soon.
7:00 PM – Valladolid Trade Guild Parade and Closing Mass
Many of Valladolid’s trade guilds parade the Convent’s image of San Bernardino de Siena. Closing mass officiated by Monsignor Rafael Palma Capetillo, Auxiliar Bishop of Yucatán
8:30 PM – Maricarmen Perez and her Orquesta in Concert
Front esplanade of the Convent.
Visit their web site at www.fundacionsisal.com
For more information, please contact:
Maruja Barbachano (985) 856 0999 or (985) 856 0974 e-mail: marujac [at] gmail [dot] com

Yucatan Living Alejandro Pinzon Conducts the Chamber Orchestra of the CityAlejandro Pinzon in Merida
Mark your calendars for the following dates. Alejandro Pinzon, a native of Merida, is currently leading the Coro Latino-Americano Pittsburgh and has a very busy Spring ahead of him. On May 14, he will lead El Coro (short for Coro Latino-Americano Pittsburgh) in a performance in Pittsburgh – then hop a plane to Merida and practice, practice, practice for three performances during the last week in May. Following those performances, he will have a few days to indulge in a bit of the local tango scene before he flies back to Pittsburgh for another performance by El Coro in Pittsburgh on June 12. His three performances in Merida include:
May 22 -Comisaria Cholul
May 26 -Olimpo Theatre
May 29 –Iglesia San Sebastian

We will add further details as we get them.
Note: We are pressing for Michele and all of the Latino-Americano Pittsburgh members to come and spend a week in Merida. With luck, they will and we will be able to forge a cultural exchange and build a long-lasting friendship between El Coro and some of the choirs we have in Merida. So – El Coro… come on down!

Yucatan Living 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Women’s Championship: June 13 – 18
Participants: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, United States and Venezuela, with two countries from the Central American and Caribbean sub-zone also to be announced later in the Spring. The top three placed teams from both championships will qualify for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships in France.
Location: Ciudad de la Paz Stadium
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Summer Arts School for Kids: July 11 – Aug. 4
This is a four-week international bilingual program for local and international students ages 8-13. The summer course will be taught in both English and Spanish by an array of educators and teaching artists from the United States and Mexico. This extraordinary team of teachers will offer the students a multi-disciplinary exploration of the theme of "Beneath the Surface" through the visual arts, music, dance, theater, and creative writing. Students will read a variety of books–in Spanish and English–and will create public performances and exhibits each week of the program. Contact Habla through their website, www.habla.org
Location: Habla, Calle 26 No. 99 B x 19 y 21 Col. México
Time: Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Yucatan Living Boxing For Women
Monique says: “Taught by the inimitable Lilia Valencia. Stick and move, Straight right, Upper cut, Peek a boo. Its all about the hips, she says. Express yourself!!!”
Location: Monique’s Bakery: Calle 31 #70 x Calle 12 in Colonia Chuburna de Hidalgo, on the brink of Colonia Malaga
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA
More Information: moniqueduval[at]aol.com

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