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The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra struggles to pay its musicians

Since 2021, the Yucatán state government has reneged on an agreement to cover the symphony orchestra’s payroll.  This only compounds its fight for survival under...

Yucatán’s symphonic orchestra first violinist Leonel Armenta dies

The death of first violinist, Leonel Armenta, has shaken the OSY after what has already been an terrible month for the state symphony.

Yucatán’s symphony moves to a new venue for the rest of...

Yucatán’s state symphony orchestra will perform the remainder of its September-December program at the Palacio de la Música.

Can the symphony return to the Peón Contreras ‘before spring’?

Mérida Mayor Renán Barrera Concha said authorities are aiming for the Teatro José Peon Contreras to reopen its doors "before spring." The famed opera house...

Yucatán’s Youth Symphonic Band prepares comeback with renewed energy

The youth symphony plans to hold six concerts between September and November in Mérida's Palacio de la Música. 

Online petitions urge support for Yucatan Symphony and the MACAY

Two venerable Yucatán cultural institutions — The Fernando García Ponce-MACAY Museum and the Yucatán Symphony, or OSY — are the subject of change.org petitions asking...

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

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,...

Yucatan Symphony season concludes with the beauty and drama of an...

Love, jealousy and revenge are laid bare in "Cavalleria Rusticana," the opera that closes the January - June 2019 Yucatan Symphony Orchestra season.

Austrian symphony plans February concert at Merida’s Peon Contreras

With the monumental works of Antonin Dvorak, Albert Lortzing, Johann Strauss and Johannes Brahms, the Symphonic Orchestra University of Graz-Austria will perform in Mayan land.

Yucatán Symphony debuts the warm sounds of the contrabassoon

The warm, velvety sounds of a contrabassoon joins the brass, woodwinds and strings heard this season at the Yucatán Symphony Orchestra.

The Yucatán Symphony Orchestra opens new season with Carlos Prieto

Guest directors from Poland, Portugal and Brazil are included in the 2018's second OSY concert program.

OSY tackles Bruckner for final symphony concert of season

For the penultimate 2017-18 program — and the final symphonic concert — musicians at the Peón Contreras are tackling their most ambitious work of the season.

Stolen French horn recovered in time for OSY concerts

When Juan José Pastor appears on stage this weekend, he might be grabbing his French horn a little more tightly.

Triple Beethoven concert at Yucatán Symphony Orchestra

A presentation by soloists Iliana Stefanova on violin, Veselin Dechev on cello and Irina Decheva on piano, is a highlight of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatán's sixth program of Season 29.

Symphony welcomes guest pianist from Poland, Anna Miernik

Anna Miernik is returning to Yucatán, and this time she's on stage.

Yucatán Symphony’s 3rd program has a touch of brass

"The Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2," by the 19th-century Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, and the "Concert for Two Trombones," by Frigyes Hidas, are highlights this weekend at the Yucatán Symphony Orchestra.

1730 opera invites audience to be part of history

Hacienda Xcanatún was a working plantation, not a lush spa and restaurant, when Pergolesi wrote his comic opera buffo, "La Serva Padrona," in 1730.

Yucatán Symphony begins XXIX season with Russian works

With a selection of masterpieces from composers such as Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Revueltas, the Yucatán Symphony Orchestra announced its XXIX concert season program.

Opera diva Elīna Garanča praises Mérida for its embrace of high...

The world-famous mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, visiting Mérida for the first time, is having a love affair with Mexico.

Dallas-Mérida exchange brings flutist LeeAnne Thompson to OSY

Flutist LeeAnne Thompson has come from her Dallas home to be the guest soloist in Sunday's "Tribute to the Flute" with the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra.

Symphony has grown in prominence over the years

Halfway through its fall 2017 season, the Yucatán Symphony Orchestra (OSY) remains "the best-kept secret of Mexico."

Next up at the Symphony: A piano virtuoso comes home

Program 2 of the current Symphony season represents a homecoming for a very accomplished pianist.

Symphony asks audience to dress with respect

And any gentlemen who show up to the Symphony in shorts and sandals might blush when they read the back of their ticket.

Juan Carlos Lomónaco welcomes the Yucatán Symphony’s expat audience

OSY Conductor Juan Carlos Lomónaco welcomes Yucatán Expat Life readers with a video message in anticipation of the opening of the new season on Friday.