Yucatan Symphony Orchestra Spring 2011
Program 1: January 23
This performance is under the direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco, the Yucatan Symphony's wonderful music director. There is no better way to begin the new year than with Viennese waltzes by Strauss and Von Suppe that have been performed every year since 1941 by the Vienna Philharmonic on their New Year's Concert on the first day of the year.
Program 2: January 30
The first part, entirely French, opens with the Roman Carnival Overture by H. Berlioz, an homage to the beginning of Carnival Festivities in Merida and around the world. Our guest concertmaster is Christopher Collins, a favorite world-class performer who returns to play two pieces for violin: A poem composed in 1896 by Chausson, which reflects the environments of French Impressionism, and the Introduction and Rondo Caprichoso by Saint-Saens, a piece filled with a Spanish and gypsy spirit. The Swan Lake Suite by Tchaikovsky, one of the most beautiful and well-known classical ballet pieces, ends the program.
Program 3: February 06
Yes!! You will come to the Symphony and hear Mozart and Beethoven today but the secret to this night's experience is an accomplished Mexican director and performer. A quick reading of Jesus Medina's resumé will inform you that he has directed orchestras around the world. To top off the performance, Luis Obregon from the Querétaro Philharmonic will play an important clarinet concerto by Austrian composer, Beethoven. Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and the Magic Flute overture has always been a crowd pleaser, so it looks like quite an enjoyable night at the Symphony lies ahead!
Program 4: February 20
Today's featured performer is Alejandro Vazquez. He will be playing the overture to Rossini's Comic Opera La Gazza Ladra and the First Symphony of Brahms on his piccolo. With these specially chosen pieces he will demonstrate the lively, sharp and fun sounds that his small instrument contributes to music.
Program 5: March 27
Director Juan Carlos Lomonaco and Ruth Bennet, the award-winning harpist of the OSY, will delight us with the sweetness and virtuosity of the magical sound of her harp. Together they will treat us to Russian sounds and take us through Russian myths, culture, passions and temperament... all through music. The brilliant overture to Ruslan and Ludmila by Glinka is inspired in a fairy tale by Pushkin. Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony is one of the most exciting works by this composer and his music evokes human passions explored in classics like Anna Karenina or Doctor Zhivago.
Program 6: April 03
Today's concert will pay a tribute to movies. There is no doubt that John Williams occupies one of the most important places in the world of cinema. His compositions have provided the backdrop for epic sagas like Star Wars, ET and Superman. Both young and old remember the classic musical music written for the Pink Panther by Henry Mancini. This strange and surreal cartoon cat and the disastrous Inspector Clouseau are sure to dance in your head while you listen to the second half of today's program.
Program 7: April 10
Today's guest director is Roman Revueltas who has been directing orchestras for more than 20 years. He is currently the Director of the Aguascalientes Symphonic Orchestra and has directed more than 300 works by some of the most famous composers. The featured performer today is Pawel Blaszkowski , a young violinist from Poland and a member of the Yucatan Symphonic Orchestra. They will treat us to Rienzi Oberture by Richard Wagner, Concert for Violin No. 5 by Mozart and Symphony No. 7 Op. 92 by Beethoven. What a pure pleasure this evening at the Symphony will be!
Program 8: May 08
This concert is dedicated to folk music of Eastern Europe. Their dances and nostalgic poems about nature will form the basis of a program to honor the most famous Slavic composers. Bulgarian Nikolai Dimitrov, principal violist of the OSY will play The Moldavia by Smetana, the Concerto for Viola by Bela Bartok and Slavonic Dances by Antonin Dvorak. This festive program closes with an mezcla of folk dances from the composer of Bohemia, Antonin Dvorak, blending the Czech, Polish, Ukrainian and Yugoslav dances in a series of short pieces that make up the Slavonic Dances.
Program 9: May 20, 22 and 24
This is the night that everyone has been waiting for! For the first time in Mérida la Zarzuela: La verbena de la Paloma, a short, comic operetta in one single act divided into three parts, written by Tomas Breton and presented for the first time in 1936. It is one of the most famous Spanish Operas. La Zarzuela takes place during the celebration of the festival for the Lady of the Doves on a hot afternoon in mid-August in the neighborhood of Vistillas in Madrid.
All Concerts have this in common:
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Dates & Times: Sundays at 12:00 PM, except Program 9: 20 and 24 at 9:00pm
Admission: $60, $80, $100, & $150 pesos.
Program 6: $100, $150, $200 and $250 pesos
Program 9: $200,$250,$300 and $350 pesos.
All concerts have a 25% discount for children from 6 to 12 years of age, and for INAPAM.
Concerts In The Interior of the State
These performances are part of “Tu Orquesta mas cerca de ti!” (Your Orchestra Closer to You!) which is a program designed to bring classical music to all of the people of the state. Each season, Yucatan's orchestras perform in at least four different towns throughout the State of Yucatan. Invited Director for this year's Concerts in the Interior of the State are Maestros Roberto Tello Martinez and Luis Luna Guarneros.
So far, we have only the dates of these performances. If you would like to attend one of these performances, please check back often for updates and information on locations.
Date: January 21, 2011, Location: Baca
Date: February 25, 2011
Date: February 27, 2011
Date: April 15, 2011