Pro Musica altar, children’s music performance and photo exhibit celebrate Day of the Dead
By Tim Hazell and Michael Pearl
Pro Musica will offer a special Day of the Dead Altar celebration in the beautiful colonial courtyard of the ArtPrint Express graphic design studio and photo gallery. The altar will honor departed musicians and composers and everyone is cordially invited to come for traditional atole and pan muerte, as well as wine and botanas. Admission is free.
Day of the Dead altar celebration
Music and photo exhibit presented by Pro Musica and Artprint
By Pro Musica
Thu, Nov 1, 7pm
Not only will there be music, food and drink to delight your senses, but ArtPrint will also open their new contemporary photography exhibition that evening. Five young photographers from the most marginalized neighborhoods in Mexico City will be exhibiting their impressions of El Día de Muertos. In Mexico, Day of the Dead has become a very complex mix of cultural influences, and the contrast is even more apparent within these marginalized city neighborhoods. The photographers have not only captured the cultural fusion of this complex holiday, but they have also expressed their own, often humorous and sometimes gory, vision of death itself.
The event will include a presentation by children from the rural Los Ricos School near San Miguel, where Pro Musica’s Rhythm, Rhyme & Reason program teaches them the basics of music for 44 weeks a year. Pro Musica board member and program director Tim Hazell, along with 12 of our students, will simulate a typical lesson as a way of honoring departed musicians and composers. As the kids move through an improvised composition and playing process, you will hear sounds from Mexico’s Pre-Hispanic instruments, African marimbas, Hawaiian ukuleles, a triple drum from Cuba, a dulcimer, acoustic and electric guitars, and European xylophone, all played by the eager eight to 12 year olds! World music, rock n’ roll, reggae and more will all be celebrated and served up with spontaneity and youthful flair. We may even throw in a musical storm or two! The children appear with the enthusiastic support of Los Ricos’ School Director María de la Luz Jiménez (Lucha).
Pro Musica started Rhythm, Rhyme & Reason at the primary school in the community of Los Ricos only last year. A second school, in the community of Pedro Moreno, was added to the program this year, bringing the total number of students we teach every week to more than 100. Rhythm, Rhyme & Reason is the only program of its kind in Guanajuato. Director Jiménez says, “All of the teachers in our region who have reviewed RR&R are enthusiastic and want it for their schools.” The program is free to the school, a required part of their curriculum, and it is primarily funded by the generous donations of our Patron Members.
We want to extend the program to at least one more school next year, if not two. To help us roll out the program, additional donations are needed. We are also delighted to receive gifts of musical instruments. We are also looking for volunteers to help teach the music classes, provide back up administration and to drive our teachers to the schools. If you can help in any of these ways contact Pro Musica President Michael Pearl at email@example.com.
Preceding the Day of the Dead celebration, Pro Musica’s next event will be an evening with the fabulous 20-strong Miskolc Hungarian Dance Company at the Teatro Ángela Peralta, on Tuesday, October 30, at 7pm. Tickets are now on sale at all our usual ticket outlets and at the theater box office. For details about Patron Membership, all our concerts and much more, visit our web site, www.promusicasma.com.