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Spring Equinox concert 2013, Horacio Franco and Asaf Kolerstein concert for flute and cello

By Cesar Arias

On Saturday, March 23, we will have our traditional Spring Concert in behalf of the Botanical Garden. As every year, this musical treat will take place within the canyon, in the natural rocky amphitheatre sculpted by nature over centuries. It’s a celebration of life, the energy of the Sun and the rebirth of the Earth. This spring we are also celebrating 15 years of this musical event, which has attracted larger groups of people each year and has presented high-quality artists of various musical expressions.

Spring Equinox concert
w/Horacio Franco and Asaf Kolerstein
Sat, Mar 23, 5:30pm
Botanical Garden
General 150 pesos
Members, students and teachers 100 pesos

For this anniversary celebration we offer a special concert by the famous Mexican flautist Horacio Franco, along with the well-known Israeli-American violoncellist

Asaf Kolerstein, interpreting works for duets by J.S. Bach and A. Corelli (300th anniversary of his death).

The concert will start at exactly 5:50pm so we suggest arriving no later than 5:30pm; general admission is 150 pesos; members, students and teachers, 100pesos.

Tickets on sale at the Botanical Garden, Posada Corazón (Aldama 9) and the Camino Silvestre stores (Zacateros 46 and Correo 43). Information:; Tel: (415)154- 4715; 154-8838

Horacio Franco is internationally acclaimed as one of the best interpreters of his instrument at a worldwide level. He studied at the National Conservatory in Mexico City and in the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where he was designated “Soloist Cum Laude.”

Franco is an active performer giving 150 concerts annually and is a director and teacher as well. His repertoire includes classical, contemporary, Latin American, traditional and popular music. He has taught master classes in Europe, Asia, the United States, South America, and Israel and has participated in educational projects in England, the United States and his native Mexico as well as projects for the disadvantaged sectors of society.

He has played chamber music in Europe and Mexico with famous interpreters and has played throughout the world in important concert halls as well as numerous festivals and throughout Mexico.

Asaf Kolerstein was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and studied mathematics at the University of California in Berkeley. He obtained his Masters in Music at Boston University, and in 1998 the “Longy” Musical School in Cambridge gave him a diploma in violoncello. Kolerstin has participated in many orchestras and chamber music groups such as the Capitol Chamber Artists in Albany, the Portland Symphony and the Springfield Symphony, ALEA III in Boston, Berkeley Contemporary chamber players and was principal cellist for the English rock group “Deep Purple” in Mexico City. He is currently the principal cellist for the Mexico City Symphonic Orchestra and regularly participates in chamber music recitals and as soloist with various national orchestras.

World Water Day: celebration in El Charco

Matching the Equinox Concert and throughout Saturday, March 23, the Botanical Garden will hold several activities to celebrate the United Nations World Water Day, aimed to bring awareness and conservation on a planetary level.

The program of activities will be:

2:30-3:30pm: master lecture by Dr. Marcos Adrián Ortega, expert in water issues from the Geosciences Centre of the National University (UNAM) – Dome of the Botanical Garden

3:30-4pm: Public and media launching of the WATER LIFE SMA Campaign by the Observatorio Ciudadano del Agua y Saneamiento (OCAS) – Dome of the Botanical Garden

4- 5pm: Spring Equinox Ceremony: The Four Winds Plaza

5:30-7pm: Equinox Concert – El Charco del Ingenio Canyon


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