Classical Music Festival in Morelia

By Rochelle Cashdan

Morelia may not yet be the Salzburg dreamed of by Miguel Bernal Jiménez, but the annual Morelia Music Festival named for him takes place conveniently close to our state. This year, between November 16 and the 25, the Leipzig Quartet will play two concerts on Stradivarius instruments. Ilya Gringolts, playing with the National Symphony, will open with the Beethoven Violin Concerto; as well as contemporary music on a lighter note, the Michael Nyman Band and Sigma.

The festival is notable for its relaxed pace, usually one event per day; concerts in colonial patios and the comfortable, modern Morelos Theater, and its knowledgeable audience, many members connected with the Conservatorio de las Rosas. Ticket prices range from 230 to 690 pesos, with some notable free events like the Tania Libertad concert in Plaza Vallodolid.

If the San Miguel Chamber Music Festival and the Cervantino have left you thirsty for more, consider a musical getaway to this neighboring city with its well-regarded tourist infrastructure. For more program information and ticket ordering, go to


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