Merida, Yucatan — 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.
The “Imperial Classical Vienna” program offers two magnificent presentations on Sunday, Feb. 16 and Thursday, Feb. 21 at the José Peón Contreras Theater.
Invited by Kust & Music Yucatan AC, the group has more than two decades of experience on European stages, and is currently composed of 51 student musicians, administrators and professors from the universities of Karl-Franzens and Erzherzog-Johann.
Under the direction of Andrej Skorobogatko, an artistic program divided into two parts will be performed.
The first segment will be centered on very deep classical music with the iconic Concerto for cello and orchestra in B minor op. 104 from Dvorak.
The second part is dedicated to traditional Austrian music and a program similar to the famous Christmas Concert offered annually by the Vienna Philharmonic.
The repertoire includes the Overture of the opera “Zar and Zimmermann” by Lortzing; the Viennese Blood Waltz by Johann Strauss Jr .; Humoresque No.7 by Dvorák; Hungarian Dance No. 17 by Brahms; and Strauss’ Pizzicato Polka, Persischer Marsch, Weiner Blutz and the Blue Danube waltz.
Some music will be accompanied by choreographed performances by the Contempo Arte Escénico dance company, directed by the Cristina Morales.
Part of the visit from Europe will be educational. Members of the orchestra will share their knowledge with Yucatecan students through master classes coordinated with theEscuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan, said the director of the Kust & Music Yucatán, José Luis Chan Sabido.
The announcement was made three months in advance because they need ticket revenue to finance the trip.
The program also has financial support from Karl-Franzen University, the University of Archduke-Johann, both of the City of Graz, Austria, as well as the state of Yucatan, the Ministry of Culture and the Arts, Vienna Music & Art Academy-Yucatan, Contempo-Performing Arts, Musa Productions and private sponsors.
Tickets can be purchased as of Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, www.tusboletos.mx or at Opticas Espadas’ Montejo, Plaza Altabrisa, Plaza las Américas, Plaza Patio, and Gran Plaza; Redicom Gran Plaza; Mi Escape ADO (inside the CAME terminal), Teatro Armando Manzanero, y Teatro Fantasio.