Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra performs exciting program

By Michael Pearl


La Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato

Pro Musica realizes another of its long-held ambitions on Thursday, March 20, with a concert by the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra at Teatro Angela Peralta at 7pm. This will be the first time that a full size professional symphony has played at the theater since 2007. I was present on that occasion, and the acoustics were as marvelous as they are for our opera productions. There is no substitute for listening to the glorious sound of a big orchestra with a charismatic conductor and this once-a-year opportunity should not be missed.

Pro Musica Concert Series
Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra
Thu, Mar 20, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
400/350/200/150 pesos

The Guanajuato Symphony is one of the oldest and finest professional orchestras in Mexico, having been created in 1952. Its regular Friday night concerts in our state capital are legendary; it is the resident orchestra of the Cervantino Festival and tours extensively, not only in Mexico, but also in the US.  The Guanajuato Symphony occupies a privileged place of musical excellence in Mexico as one of the most traditional and important of all the large orchestras anywhere in the country. It receives enthusiastic reviews, not only in its home city and country, but also in the international press, and is received with great enthusiasm by the public.

The Guanajuato Symphony is conducted by Maestro Juan Trigos, its Music Director, and an important composer in his own right. Maestro Trigos works extensively throughout North America, and not only with the symphony.  He is Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and Principal Conductor of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and his work is performed worldwide. In November, 2013, the Houston Symphony Orchestra commissioned and premiered his Symphony No. 3, Ofrenda a los muertos. His writing ranges from symphonies through clarinet concerti to opera (De Cachetito Raspado—Cheek To Stubbled Cheek).

San Miguel is honored to welcome this true Renaissance man and, in keeping with his commitment to contemporary music, the concert on Thursday will feature two classic modern works never before played in San Miguel. The first is the Sinfonia Breve by Mexican composer Blas Galindo, who lived for most of the 20th century. It is an intensely passionate work in which one can feel the influence of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. It features a captivating opening with much string bowing and striking and the Allegro con brio finale is full of fire.

We will also hear Antal Doratí’s Divertimento for Oboe and Strings. Dorati was perhaps best known as a stellar international conductor, being principal conductor of a host of famous orchestras, including the Dallas Symphony. However, he composed extensively and his work is much admired. The Divertimento is a rich, luscious work and lovers of great orchestral composition will delight in the wide variety of brilliantly portrayed instrumental flavors, as well as the superb tonal qualities of the oboe, which basks in the sonic enrichment of the surrounding flutes and clarinets. Percussion and brass join the fray, emboldening the texture as it roars to a finale of high-spirited optimism.

To add to this feast, and contrast with it, the program concludes with the mighty forces of the orchestra brought to bear in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor. Stunning harmonics and successive climactic moments will overpower the theater with their uncontainable energy. Each of the three movements contains magnificent lyrical segments, from the stormy opening, through the gentle theme of violas and cellos, in turn giving way for the massed horns and trumpets to sound off, only to go further and climax in an outpouring of joy.

Tickets for the Guanajuato Symphony concert, at 400, 350, 200 and 150 pesos donation each, are available at St. Paul’s Church, calle Cardo 6, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm; as well as at La Tienda in La Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25; Solutions, Mesones 57; La Conexión, Aldama 3; and the Teatro Angela Peralta box office on Hernández Macias at the corner of Mesones.

The quality of the music and opera Pro Musica brings to San Miguel, our unique Rhythm, Rhyme & Reason program, teaching music in underprivileged schools in the campo and our work in the city’s orphanages, costs increasing amounts of money to provide. The best way to help us fund our activities is to become a Patron Member. Patron membership costs as little US$100 per year, is US tax deductible, and includes many benefits, such as complimentary concert tickets and Meet the Artists suppers and cocktail parties. For information on all of Pro Musica’s concerts for the 2013-2014 season and Patron Membership, please visit our website: or e-mail


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