The Symphony of the Yucatan

If you walk down on Calle 60 towards Centro Historico, you will find on the left hand side, the  majestic old   Teatro Peon Contreras.  It is easy to spot with its soft yellow exterior and when you peek inside the doors and see the wide, carpeted staircase and massive bouquets of flowers lining the balastrades , you just know something exciting is going to happen.  Last night the theater was alive with guest director Gabriele Pezone guiding the symphony in a dance of baton, waving arms, and fluttering hands.  Miguel Galvan stole the show with his brilliant playing of the Fagot.  We were lead through Bedrich Smetana’s El Moldava, into Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Allegro, Andante ma adagio, and placed into the audio magic of Antonin Dvorak’s Sinfonia No. 9 “Del Nuevo Mundo” and the Adagio.  Allegro molto, Largo, Scherzo and Allegro con fuoco.  Now, even if you can’t pronounce these names, even if you have never heard a chord, or attending a symphony before, be sure to put this on your list of  must do’s in Merida.  The city will charm you and the symphony will fill your heart with pride.  I was poured full with the expertise of world class musicians playing violas, violins, clarinets, trumpets, harps and flutes.   And a ticket to this majestic performance with my Inapam card in a great seat, with cherubs cavorting on the walls and a hand painted domed ceiling  was $112.50 pesos or the equivalent of $11.00 Canadian.

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