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Symphonic Orchestra of the University of Guanajuato in gala concert

By Sylvia van Dijk

FAI is an organization which has worked with more than 150,000 children of Guanajuato and Querétaro during the past 20 years. FAI works to promote and defend children’s rights, facilitating the necessary provisions for a sound personal development, to protect children from violence, abuse or neglect and to open spaces for children’s play and learning. An institutional evaluation, done by Filantrofilia in 2011, showed that for every peso we invest in our programs there is a social and economic return to society of 7.63 pesos!

The programs that will benefit from the concert — kindly donated by the Symphonic Orchestra of the University of Guanajuato  on their 60th anniversary — are four: The regional training center for water management in the community of Las Yerbas in the Municipality of Dolores, the environmental education program in San Miguel de Allende, the program for prevention of street children in León and the support to microenterprise in the Sierra Gorda of Guanajauto.

Gala concert
Celebrating FAI’s 20th anniversary
with the Symphonic Orchestra of the University of Guanajuato
Thu, Oct 25, 7pm
Iglesia de San Francisco
350 pesos

It is an honor for FAI to count upon the support of the Symphonic Orchestra of the University of Guanajuato. On April 25, 1952, the University of Guanajuato became the first public university to have a professional orchestra. Since January 2012 Juan Trigos has been the director of the orchestra. He has previously worked with many choirs, ensembles and symphonic orchestras in Canada, USA, Europe and Mexico; he was the former director of the Chamber Orchestra of Bellas Artes, he is a founding member and artistic director of the Sinfonietta de las Américas and principal guest director of the Camerata de las Américas. Since 2007 he has been the director of the Eastman Broad-Band Ensemble of Rochester in New York.

Juan Trigos is also a prolific composer, creator of the Folklore Abstractornconcept. He is a member of the National System for Artists and associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre since June 2006. His music has been performed throughout Mexico, North and South America and in Europe.



The program
1. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550
2. Jesús Villaseñor’s Symphony No. 2 “America Nueva”

The ticket price of 350 pesos will support our programs. They are available from

FAI, Hidalgo 13, La Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25, El Sindicato, Recreo 4, El Charco del Ingenio, Paloma S.N.  Las Colonias, Colegio Carrussel, Colegio Atabal,

Colegio Multicultural S. XXI, Victoria Robbins School.

For more information go to our webpage: or facebook: FAI.GTO, e-mail:, 152-3686

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