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Many countries represented at Yucatán Symphony’s 30th season

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The Yucatán Symphony Orchestra formally announces its XXX season. Photo: Punto Medio

The Yucatán Symphony Orchestra has grown in both numbers and in its sophistication, the organizations leaders said while announcing their 30th season.

Starting Friday, Sept. 7, 10 two-performance programs will begin a riveting ride that begins with renown cellist Carlos Pietro and lasts into December, when the scenic cantata “Carmina Burana” will serve as the year’s grand finale.

Guest conductors will come from Poland, Brazil and Portugal when Piotr Sulkowski, Lanfranco Marcelletti and Mario Mateus take the baton, respectively.

The general director of the OSY Guarantor Trust, Miguel Escobedo Novelo, said that after 15 years — each with two seasons — it can be said that there has been a notable advance in the public’s taste for the Symphony’s offerings. Performances have filled the Peón Contreras an average of 90 percent, compared to about 40 percent at the beginning.

Escobedo noted that so far the board has 174 members, and acknowledged that “big projects sometimes do not have economic support and we feel very lucky to have all these people on the list.”

The president of the board, Margarita Molina Zaldívar, said that starting a new season represents a great excitement and the opportunity to meet again with lovers of good music, for whom the best effort is made to provide a quality program and extraordinary concerts. She announced a program, called Sinfonízate, that invites youths to listen for free each Friday morning.

The director of the OSY, Juan Carlos Lomónaco, highlighted the season’s international programming: Artists from seven countries, such as Russian pianist Olga Karpicheva or flutist Mimi Stillman, who is from the United States.

But the season starts with a program of Mexican composers with songs like “Janitzio” by Silvestre Revueltas, “Sones de Mariachi” by Blas Galindo, “Four dances for Violon, Cello and Orchestra” by Arturo Márquez, with Carlos Pietro as a soloist, and “Huapango” by José Pablo Moncayo.

All concerts will be held at the Peón Contreras theater on Fridays at 9 p.m. and Sunday at noon. Ticket sales begin Aug. 28 at the theater box office or at www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx .

Source: Punto Medio, La Jornada Maya

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