Published On: Mon, Apr 18th, 2016

Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan to play Beethoven’s 9 symphonies this season

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“All major symphonic orchestras in the world have the cycle of the nine symphonies of Beethoven, and this year the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan is doing it for the first time. This gives us the opportunity to deliver nine concerts, which are the nine symphonies, in one unified season,” said the Director of the OSY, Juan Carlos Lomónaco.

It is said that the symphonies of even numbers are more classic, more peaceful, while the odd numbers are more dramatic, such as the third, fifth, seventh and ninth. Lomónaco accepts there is some truth in that.

Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21, was dedicated to Baron Gottfried van Swieten, an early patron of the composer. The piece was published in 1801, and it is clearly indebted to Beethoven’s predecessors, particularly his teacher Joseph Haydn as well as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Symphony No. 2 in D major (Op. 36) is a symphony in four movements, that was written between 1801 and 1802, at a time when Beethoven‘s deafness was becoming more pronounced and he began to realize that it might be incurable.

Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 3 is more romantic, much deeper and dramatic, it was originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte.

The Director of the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan ranked the fourth symphony as very classical; the fifth as romantic and dramatic; the sixth as peaceful; the seventh as the most dramatic, he stated that the eighth is quite similar to the fourth; and the ninth is considered so important, that many contemporary composers did not even dare to write a symphony for many years after Beethoven’s.

(Photo: yucatan.gob.mx)

(Photo: yucatan.gob.mx)

The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (also known as “the Choral”), Beethoven‘s final complete symphony was completed in 1824, One of the best-known works in classical music, it is almost universally considered Beethoven’s greatest work.

As is customary in concert season, a press conference was held at the Club Campestre de Mérida, headed by the CEO of the Trust for the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra (FIGAROSY), Miguel Escobedo Novelo, accompanied by Director Juan Carlos Lomónaco and Club Campestre’s president Arturo Millet Molina.

The first concert was held at the Club Campestre on Friday April 8th; while the second took place at Teatro Daniel Ayala, on the 15th and 17th of April.

The third Symphony will be presented on 22 and 24 April, the fourth and sixth on 13 and 15 May, the eighth on 20 and 22 May; Fifth 27 of the same month and the seventh on 10 and 12 June.

This homage to Ludwig Van Beethoven will culminate with the Ninth Symphony on Friday June 17th.Tickets are on Sale at Teatro Peón Contreras, addmission: $200 and $150 pesos, and $300 and $250 pesos for the final concert of the season.

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