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

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The Palació de la Música on the corner of Centro’s Calle 58 and 59 is located just one block away from the Péon Contreras. Photo: Courtesy

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

The decision comes after a fire ravaged the Peón Contreras theater last week.

“We are pleased to inform the public that we will resume our scheduled program this coming Friday, Nov. 18. Purchased tickets will be honored at the new venue,” said a press statement issued by the state symphony. 

It’s a little more involved than that. Ticket holders for presentations at the Péon Contreras are to be reimbursed and will have to buy new tickets for shows at the Palacio de la Música. For more information, visit Yucatán’s state symphony’s Facebook page

The Palacio de la Musica first opened its doors in 2018 and is able to seat 450 people.

The venue is known for its avant-garde architecture which sharply contrasts with the Spanish colonial style of much of Mérida’s Centro. 

Though the move seems to be temporary, there is currently no timeline for when the Peón Contreras will be able to open its doors again. 

Earlier: Photos put Peón Contreras fire damage into focus

Other performances including ballets and recitals scheduled at the Péon Contreras have also been moved to theaters including the Armando Manzanero and the Centro Cultural Olimpo.

The Teatro Peón Contreras was inaugurated in 1908 and has been home to Yucatán’s state symphony, also known as the OSY, since its debut in 2004.

The “Muses of Apollo” was painted in 1907 by the Italian artist Nicolás Allegretti. It is unknown if the fresco will be able to be restored after last week’s fire. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Though the exact extent of the damage is still hard to assess, the fire at the Peón Contreras severely damaged much of the theater’s infrastructure, including seating areas and its cupula’s fresco, which dates to 1907.

The fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical malfunction.

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