Sunday, August 8, 2010

Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria & Sala Nezahualcoyotl

There are a few concert venues around the world which are so special as to allow musicians to play at their very best. The Sala Nezahualcoyotl, in Mexico City, is one such acoustic space. The hall was the brainchild of Eduardo Mata while he was conductor of the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM (OFUNAM) back in the 1970s. Interestingly, Maestro Mata replicated many of the special qualities of the Sala Nezahualcoyotl when he spearheaded the design and construction of the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

From the beginning the Sala Neza, as it is affectionately known, has been the home of the OFUNAM. It has also hosted other of the Mexican orchestras in special concert series and is a favorite venue for the international performers who pass regularly through Mexico City. Since 1978, Sala Nezahualcoyotl has also been home of the summer invitational orchestra known as the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria.

Not only is the Sala Nezahualcoyotl acoustically satisfying, it is also a treat to the eye. Add to this the fact it sits amongst a spectacular ancient lava flow, within walking distance from several pre-Colombian ruins, and you have myriad reasons to include hearing a concert at the Sala Neza on your next visit to Mexico City. You will be glad you did.

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