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Bellas Artes dance company to conclude Yucatan Symphony’s upcoming season

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A first-time visit from the National Dance Company will conclude the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s fall-winter season.

Eleven programs start Sept. 6. For a season finale, the Christmastime favorite, “The Nutcracker” will be performed by the Compañía Nacional de Danza del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.

The head of the OSY, Juan Carlos Lomónaco told La Jornada Maya that he is very excited to close the year, which he called “particularly difficult” under the federal government’s austerity program.

Despite less government support, the OSY has soldiered on and after 15 years has become “one of the most important in the country, it is really surprising,” said Lomónaco.

Concerts will be held on Fridays and Sundays at the Teatro Peón Contreras. Selected works were challenging, but are no doubt public favorites, said Miguel Escobedo Novelo, general director of the Guarantor Trust of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan (Figarosy).

Works will range from classic baroque, romantic, post-romantic, modern, impressionist, Mexican patriotic music and also contemporary music. “The Nutcracker” will be staged four times between Dec. 5 and 8.

Escobedo said he is particularly eager for Program 5, where “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” will be performed with guest pianist Vladimir Petrov, winner of last year’s edition of the José Jacinto Cuevas piano contest.

OSY season tickets are now on sale in the Asturias room of the Hotel El Castellano; starting Aug. 30 they will be available at the box office of the Peón Contreras Theater and on the orchestra’s website, where the complete program is listed.

Guest Conductors:

  • Rodolfo Barráez, winner of the orchestra conductor contest convened by the Philharmonic of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (OFUNAM).
  • Nuno Coelhom winner of a contest in Cadaqués, Spain
  • Bartosz Zurakowsky (Poland) and Miguel Salmón del Real (Mexico).

Soloists:

  • Cecilio Perera, guitarist (Yucatan)
  • Manuel Escalante, pianist (Yucatan)
  • Michael Severens, cellist (United States)
  • Vladimir Petrov, pianist, winner of the José Jacinto Cuevas Contest.
  • Salvador Navarro, trumpet (Spain)

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