96.8 F
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

A Yucatecan composer’s tribute to frogs debuts in the U.S.

Latest headlines

Scientists warn some types of sargassum could impact on human health

Large amounts of sargassum are now washing a shore in locations previously relatively untouched by the algae, such as the theme...

The sights, sounds, and flavors of vibrant Chinatown in CDMX

Mexico City’s Chinatown is crowded, frenzied, and chaotic — but in an oddly great sort of way.

Mérida, but not the Caribbean resorts, named in Airbnb survey

Mérida Yucatán is one of the oldest cities on the American continent and boasts the oldest cathedral on the continent’s mainland....

Yucatán goes from 0 to 78 daily COVID cases in 6 weeks

The Yucatán health ministry reported 78 new COVID infections, the highest number of daily new cases since March.
Yucatán Magazine
Yucatán Magazine has the inside scoop on living here. Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox every week.

The work of historic Yucatecan composer Gustavo Río Escalante, left, is being revived by conductor Alejandro Pinzón, right. Photos: Courtesy

Mérida, Yucatán — A late Yucatecan composer’s whimsical, but soothing score is finally getting its U.S. debut 69 years after it was written.

The Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, under the baton of Mérida-born guest conductor Alejandro Pinzón, will introduce “Sinfonía de las Ranas” (“Symphony of the Frogs)” by the Yucatecan composer Gustavo Río Escalante (1880-1963), to the United States.

Pinzón was previously on the Pittsburgh orchestra’s staff as assistant conductor and is an alum of ESAY, the Visual Arts School of Yucatán.

“This is a bridge between the United States and Yucatán, which acquires a special meaning at this time,” said Enrique Martín Briceño, headmaster of the school.

The concert, “Water,” follows earlier performances named “Earth,” “Air” and “Fire.”

Through a video call from Pittsburg, Pinzón commented that the program also includes the famous “Blue Danube” by Strauss, Smetana’s “Moldau” and Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides Overture.”

First published in 1949, the “Symphony of the Frogs” is a whimsical fantasy based on the composer’s childhood memories.

The first movement, andante quasi lento, begins with a lyrical theme that later becomes more serious. After a pause a section begins in which the orchestra imitates the croaking of the frogs. The second movement, moderato, begins with the croaking of the frogs in the woods. After a few more serious measures, the croaking of the frogs closes the piece.

The frog in Mayan culture symbolizes happiness.

The Yucatán Symphony Orchestra, then directed by Daniel Ayala Pérez, first performed the work in 2007.

A trip to Pittsburgh for some ESAY students who will participate in the concert was financially supported by the Opera Maya Foundation.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

New augmented reality app tells the story of Mérida’s iconic corner plaques

Mérida´s municipal government is launching a new mobile phone application to tell the story of the city’s iconic Centro corner plaques.

Tortas in the Park: Family carries on the tradition for 63 years 

Taqueria Don Beto in Parque Las Américas. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht Strolling through charming Parque de...

Kankí, the Maya city where the stone eyes of ancient gods burn as hot as the sun

Kankí may be only 10 miles or so from the Mérida-Campeche highway, but feels a world away.

La Plancha park project moves forward with a huge budget

Government officials announced an agreement to make the La Plancha land 100% parkland. Photo: Contributed The park that...

Court sets limits for ‘racist’ immigration checkpoints in Mexico

Mexican soldiers review documents at a Zacatecas checkpoint in March. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP via Getty Images

You won’t miss the meat or dairy in these recipes from Yucatán

Vegan, vegetarian and plant-based lifestyles are easy to enjoy, despite living in meat-centric Yucatán.  Now that we’ve listed our...

Yucatán COVID patient 1st to die in 49 days

Coronavirus cases rose steadily in a week that ended with Yucatán's first COVID fatality since April 2. A...

Expats in Mexico face impossible deadline to comply with new tax law

Taxpayers in Mérida wait for their numbers to be called at the SAT office. Photo: File A tax...

What is the Loop Current and how does it affect hurricanes on the Yucatán Peninsula?

A current of warm tropical water is looping unusually far into the Gulf of Mexico for this time of year, with the power to turn tropical storms into monster hurricanes.

Izamal revamps its infrastructure while seeking investment

A walking tour of Izamal includes Mayor Warnel May Escobar and Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal. Photo: Courtesy