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Spectacular at the Angela Peralta promises to be memorable

By David Bossman

With some of San Miguel de Allende’s most prominent headliners on stage, this Wednesday’s evening show at the Ángela Peralta is expected to attract a sell-out crowd of expatriates and Mexicans. The Big Show will feature performers from Mexico, Canada and the US singing and dancing to songs and instrumentals of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s….otherwise known as the Big Band era.

The Big Show
Singing and dancing in the Big Band era
Wed, Jul 3, 7:30pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
200/150/100 pesos

A Señorial Big Band Orchestra will play the music in honor of American Independence Day. The 20-piece group has been playing together for almost a decade. Their supporting cast includes San Miguel’s own María Sánchez, Johnny Favourite and J.K. O’Donnell. Also singing two familiar American songs in Spanish is prominent Mexican opera star Adrian Berthely.

But, what good is Big Band music without the dancers? That’s something that the Arthur Murray Dancers will provide, as they dance six special musical numbers on stage.

Tickets are selling well. The monies collected will be used to pay the orchestra in this not-for-profit event. Orchestra seats are reserved and sell for 200 pesos each, while the Balcony and Upper Balcony go for 150 and 100 pesos, respectively. They can still be purchased at the Angela Peralta ticket office or at MX Restaurant on San Francisco or Kuni Doni Restaurant on Salida de Celaya.

Patty González, proprietor of Kuni Doni, originated the concept for the show and began preparing details back in February. “I love music of all kinds, but I have often wondered why we don’t have more live Big Band music in San Miguel since so many expatriates live here and enjoy that music. Fortunately, I have some key music and decided to bring it all together with the help of orchestra director Francisco Acosta. He is the one who has actually written the arrangements for the music.”

With the help of David Bossman and Fernando Mancera, who will act as emcees, Sra. González began piecing together the various parts of the show starting with the sponsors. MX Restaurant, Corona, the Real de Minas Hotel, Coldwell Banker Real Estate and AMPI (Asociacion Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios) all provided funding in order to pay for the show publicity.

“Patty’s dream gradually became a reality as each of the performers volunteered their services in the interest of bringing back Big Band music,” said Bossman.

Johnny Favourite, who toured the world with his own orchestra and now runs La Noche Piano Bar on Mesones, which has quickly become one of San Miguel’s major musical venues, loves the concept. “I am Canadian but wanted to honor my friends from the States on this special holiday. What better way than to bring back some of the great music of the Big Band era? I am so pleased to participate in this celebration.”

Patio 3, the new restaurant next to Teatro Santa Ana, will be offering a free glass of wine to all ticket-holders between 5 and 7pm that evening.

How does that sound?


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