Symphony Orchestra Fall Season Details
Program 2: September 23 and 25
This performance is under the direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco with guest Manuel Escalante on the piano. Music of the new world with Yucatecan accents are the theme of this program. We will start with the world premiere of Mares, a piece by the Yucatecan composer Germán Romero. Then, we will move to the 1920's in the United States to listen Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, a famous jazz number played by Yucatecan guest pianist Manuel Escalante, currently professor at the music conservatory in Badajoz, Spain. Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” by Czech composer A. Dvorak. This is probably his most famous piece, and it was composed in the USA (1893). The piece takes inspiration from the Apache Indians and African American melodies, mixed with the Bohemian folklore of Dvorak's native country.
Program 3: September 30, October 02
Fernando Valcárcel, Associate director of the Peru National Symphonic Orchestra, presents a concert influenced by the classical period. Ravel’s La Tumba de Couperin, is a beautiful French impressionist piece just waiting to be discovered. It is a calm and beautiful melody, inspired by the French baroque music of the XVII century. Juan Jose Pastor will interpret a symphony by German composer Richard Strauss. This piece shows off the expression and color of the horn as well as the clarity and simplicity of Mozart. The program ends with Symphony No. 41 Jupiter by Mozart, the last and perhaps the most beautiful of his works.
Program 4: October 7 and 9
The first piece in this program, from the opera Nabucco, was Verdi's first major success. The story is based on the Old Testament, and has a triumphant and heroic character. The Spanish violinist based in New York, Jesus Reina has been called the "Devil's violin" for his virtuosity, ingenuity and perfection. All of his passion and skill will be demonstrated when he plays the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Paganini. The program finishes with one of the most famous, dramatic and powerful pieces from the Romantic Period, Symphony No. 6 Pathetique by Tchaikovsky. This was his last symphony and it shows the full range of human feelings expressed in a total mastery of his music: anxiety, relief, love, awareness of undeniable destiny, and finally the calm and serenity of transcendence.
Program 5: October 14 and 16
In the first part, we take a musical trip through Scandinavia and Finland with the national anthem of each country. We are introduced to these pieces through the melodious sound of the piano, played by Abdiel Vazquez, winner of the José Jacinto Cuevas National Piano Competition. Then we move to Norway for a favorite concert for audiences worldwide: Piano Concert, Op 16 by Grieg. This is a work full of invention, originality and spark that is a real crowd pleaser. Symphony No. 2 by Rachmaninoff ends the program. This piece shows a more humanistic side of Rachmaninoff... romantic and profound. You will recognize some of the themes which have been used by popular musicians and in soundtracks for several films.
Program 6: November 18 and 20
Russia: stories and celebrations through music. The program starts with the Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich, a work full of energy,joy and catchy melodies. This is a perfect preamble to the Cello Concerto, from the same composer. It is always an honor to have as a guest director Maestro Carlos Prieto, who on this occasion comes back to Merida to play this brilliant work dedicated to his friend Mstislav Rostropovich. The stories and the magic of the Orient, expressed through the fiddle and harp, are all represented in the dazzling and colorful piece by Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov, the next piece on the program: Scheherazade, Op 35, a symphonic suite based on the Thousand and One Nights. This music has of course been used for ballets, as well as soundtracks for several films and cartoons.
Program 7: November 25 and 27
The first part is devoted to the classical period and two of its top representatives. Cosi Fan Tutte Overture is the beginning of the famous three-part opera. This is a comedy of love, light and sublime, transparent and deep. "An imaginative interpreter with a powerful technique," These are the words of the New York Times in describing the pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, who plays these piano concertos. The next piece is the Concerto No. 5, Op 7 by Beethoven. Osorio has played around the world, accompanied by major orchestras and conductors, making him one of the most established pianists in the world. In the second part of the program, the style changes to Russian modernism, allowing the audience to discover one of the most powerful symphonies and the most popular of Dimitri Shostakovich's, Symphony No. 5, Op 47.
Program 8: December 2 and 4
Rossini and Locatelli were Italian, the first was the "King of the opera buffa" and the second was considered the Paganini of the eighteenth century. The "Italian in Algiers Overture" is based on the story of a lady of the Italian aristocracy, kidnapped by Turkish pirates, who eventually becomes a favorite odalisque and influential wife of the Ottoman Empire. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 9 put the instrument through all its paces, with music from the baroque period. Our talented violinist Gocha Skhirtladze, who plays this magnificent concert under the direction of Mexican founding director and proprietor of the Camerata de Coahuila, Ramon Shade. And the program ends with the Symphony No. 2, Op 36, a very powerful and energetic piece, and one of the last classics of Beethoven's early style.
Program 9: December 9, 10 and 11
This is the night that everyone has been waiting for! Opera Carmina Burana. If you want to see this show, do not hesitate to buy your tickets, as it is a very popular program.
All Concerts have this in common:
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Dates & Times: Friday at 9:00 pm and Sundays at 12:00 PM. Except Program 9: on Decembe 9 at 9:00 pm and December 10 and 11 at 8:00 pm.
Admission: $60, $80, $100, & $150 pesos.
Program 9: $150, $200, $250 and $300 pesos. All concerts have a 25% discount for children from 6 to 12 years of age, and for INAPAM card holders.