Sinaloa Symphonic Orchestra of the Arts is the most complex musical instrument of all… it is directed from a podium by a conductor that has to deal with a pitched battle in every concert: the orchestra is a composed of about 50 to 100 musicians (the size can vary) and every ensemble is made of very different people, some don’t even speak the same language.
However, in the orchestra there is only one language spoken, the language of music. Music has no borders, specific tongue or cultural differences.
For many, music is the most beautiful of all the arts.
In Sinaloa we have the Symphonic Orchestra of the Arts (OSSLA).
It came to transform the cultural life, not only of Sinaloa, but also the northwest part of Mexico.
It is celebrating its XV anniversary, in 2016.
The Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa of the arts plays an important role in the construction of human work by promoting culture through music and related performing arts to stimulate creativity and sensitivity of the Sinaloa.
The OSSLA is an artistic organization that gets its strength from its multicultural composition; it is a very valuable tool for our society.
In it there are great number of races and cultures interpreted, which brings us together with others and offers a cultural contribution for those who live or visit Sinaloa.
In September 2001, the OSSLA was born, as an initiative of DIFOCOUR, today known as Culture Institute of Sinaloa, owned by Enrique Patrón de Rueda.
From its foundation as an orchestra of chamber, it has been directed by Gordon Campbell with musicians from various continents.
Three years later, it became the symphonic and since its formation has done a great job in the musical program of the state with presentations in Culiacán and the rest of Sinaloa, it has performed on many different stages, such as in public plazas, schools, gardens and museums.
They have interpreted some of the most symbolic composers: Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Purcell, Chopin, Revueltas, Stravinsky, Donizzetti, Rossini, Debussy, Gamboa, Copland, Telemann, Dvorak, M. Ponce, Strauss, Leoncavallo, Gounod, Prokofieff, Sarasate, de Falla, Marcello, Albeniz, Barber, Corelli, Francoix, Toussaint and Cummings, just to mention some.
Also, some composers from Sinaloa such as Jóse Angel Espinoza “Ferrusquilla”, Aldo Rodríguez, Eduardo Parra and Samuel Murillo.
As of October 2004, the new orchestra presented its firsts concerts at The Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, then, once in Sinaloa, at The Pablo de VillaVicencio Theater in Culiacán and at The Angela Peralta Theater in Mazatlán.
On June 3rd, 2006 the OSSLA received the recognition “High Artistic Level and Admirable Musical Diffusion” from the Mexican Union of Reporters of Theater and Music. This honor took place in an event at The Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
Today, the OSSLA has the privilege of having shared the stage with artists like José Carreras in 2003 and Plácido Domingo in 2006. In its regular programming the Orchestra has maintained a good equilibrium between symphonic, barroque and contemporary music, as well also some popular genres (jazz, blues, rock, danzón, traditional Sinaloa banda, and so others).
In 2011 the OSSLA was invited to the award ceremony of “The Moons of the Auditorium”, in Mexico City, at the National Auditory.
In its two annual seasons (spring and fall) it regularly counts with guest directors. Among the most outstanding are Sylvain Gansancon, Enrique Ricci, José Luis Castillo, Alondra de la Parra, Eduardo Díaz Muñoz, Raffi Armenian and Enrique Bátiz, Israel Yinon, Guido Maria Guida, Ernesto Acher, and others.
In 2012 they made a distinguished participation with three gala concerts in the “40th International Festival Cervantino 2012”.
In 2013, the OSSLA participated in the performance of Falstaff during the bicentennial of Verdi and also in the centennial of consecration of spring of Stravinsky during the Cultural Festival in Sinaloa.
Lately the OSSLA has had prominent interpretations of plays and operas of the baroque with outstanding compositions by Lully, Rameau and Delalande, Pergolesi, and others.
As well as in special plays for the catalog of the orchestra, outstanding ones by Gamboa, Rodríguez, Taboada, Zyman, Murillo and others.
Sinaloa Symphonic Orchestra of the Arts, is now a favorite of the Sinaloa audience.
The society of this beautiful state is used to listening to their orchestra all the year round.
It is now a reason to be proud for many, and a very important ingredient of the great artistic and cultural events in Sinaloa.
The OSSLA has become the “ambassador” that interprets big composers from around the world to their own composers from Sinaloa and has taken those interpretations to different stages in Mexico: Monterrey, Guadalajara, Mazatlán, Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende, to mention some.
In 2016 will close the New Year with a spectacular concert in the Theater of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
We hope that it lasts for many more years.
How this Virtual Tour was made
You can get spectacular photos in concert photography, they can be in very different settings, with changing light conditions, where every musician is different, with their own gestures and moves that make him or her unique.
Definitely, there are no two concerts alike.
It is necessary to have in mind that the photos are going to be taken indoors, with low light conditions.
This means that the equipment used as well as the camera and the lenses have to be correct for these conditions.
A factor to also have in mind before taking any of the photos is the position from where the pictures are going to be taken.
The ISO up to a level where the noise is not a problem.
When I do this type of work the minimum I use is 800 ISO, although the normal is 1600 ISO.
In addition it is advisable to use very bright lenses.
Due to the big contrasts in a very illuminated area and having an area with shadows on the side.
Therefore, to get the correct exposure, I set the camera in punctual measurements, in a way that I can measure exactly the point with more light for the shot.
If your camera allows, I recommend to set it in manual mode.
This way you can control the diaphragm and the exposure time.
You will have problems if the light or person changes positions.
In these cases, you can try changing the mode of the speed priority.
This way you can set the shutter speed, and the camera is the one choosing the diaphragm to use.
The lower shutter speed will result in, the photos becoming blurry.
To try to fight this problem we can set it to burst mode and we will be increasing the chances of achieving clear photos.
To not be hindered by burst mode we will have to turn off the decrease of noise, because the camera takes time processing the picture more than the exposure.
One more word of advice is to shoot in RAW to be able to modify the color temperature.
It is possible that the lighting of the area is equal, otherwise, there may be too many light hues.
These could generate tones that may not be desirable.
Commonly, the contrast has the tendency to be very high.
Therefore, it is likely that some areas could be rendered unlighted, that in JPEG cannot be recovered.
Once we have all the parameters correctly set, we can focus on finding the right moment to take the photo.
English language translation made by Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa through the collaboration of Centro de Estudio de Idiomas