The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra (OSY) will celebrate on Wednesday, February 27, its fifteen-year anniversary with a special concert in which they will play works of Ludwig Von Beethoven and Gustav Mahler.
It was fifteen years ago today when the OSY performed its first concert, under the baton of Maestro Juan Felipe Molano Muñoz. The repertoire was Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Huapango de Moncayo and Concierto de Aranjuezas by Yucatecan solo guitarist Cecilio Perera.
That recital would mark the birth of this group that has proudly become the maximum musical representation of our state; and now, fifteen years later, OSY has consolidated and position itself among the best symphonic orchestra in the country, thanks to the talent of its musicians, the vision of its directors and the public that comes to hear them play every weekend at the José Peón Contreras Theater, which OSY has made its home.
The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan will perform two major works of the symphonic genre on February 22 and 24: the Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven and the Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler.
The artistic director, Juan Carlos Lomónaco; the president of the board, Margarita Molina Zaldívar, and the director of the Guarantor Trust of the OSY, Miguel Escobedo Novelo, announced at a press conference the program number 5 of the 31st season of concerts that marks the fifteenth anniversary of the orchestra.
“It is an orchestra that has contributed to the development of culture and arts in the State and in the country with more than 750 concerts both in Mérida and other main cities of the country and festivals, ” said Escobedo Novelo.
He added that it is a solid artistic group that, thanks to its patronage and the favor of the public, has achieved in a short time what many cultural institutions took many years to obtain, which is to produce operas, operettas and zarzuelas, as well as ballet performances.
“OSY has national and international recognition for their extraordinary presentations with some of the most brilliant exponents of music in the world, including Plácido Domingo, Juan Diego Flores, Sarah Brightman and Elina Garanca,” he continued.
Regarding the program to be presented on Friday 22nd at 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 24th at 12:00 p.m. at the Peón Contreras Theater, Juan Carlos Lomónaco mentioned that the Symphony No. 5 of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was the work with which the orchestra began its concerts 15 years ago.
“We wish to commemorate the 15 years of the orchestra and share the celebration with the public, by playing this work that is a favorite of all generations, and a reference in the history of music and arts, after its premiere on December 22, 1808 at the the historic An der Wien theater in Vienna, Austria,”declared Lomónaco.
The OSY will also perform an authentic pinnacle of the genre in the 19th century, the Symphony No. 1 of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), which has the subtitle “Titan”, and was premiered in Budapest, Romania back in 1889.
Tickets have a cost of $350, $300, $250 and $150 pesos, and are available at the Peón Contreras theater box office or they can be bought online at www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx.
By Alejandro Azcárate for The Yucatan Times.