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A Night to Remember — Turning Music into Paint Brushes!

By Hannah Jarmain


Gil Gutierrez

A sensational benefit concert will rock the Teatro Ángela Peralta with two world-class musicians: Gil Gutiérrez and Gabriel Hernández.

Gil Gutiérrez and Gabriel Hernández
To benefit Children’s Art program
Tue, Sep 23, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
100/250/350 pesos
Tickets at the door, La Tienda at La Biblioteca, La Conexion at Aldama 3

Gil Gutiérrez from Oaxaca is a master Mexican guitarist and composer. He has played Carnegie Hall in New York and with symphony orchestras in the United States. His mother sent him as a child to study sculpture, painting, and ceramics at the art academy in Oaxaca. It was there that he heard the sounds of classical music and learned to play cello on a borrowed instrument. He then switched to a guitar, which was a gift from his brother, because his family could not afford a cello. At the university in Oaxaca, Gutiérrez studied classical guitar and enriched his music with classical, flamenco, son cubano and jazz. The guitarist has played in South America and Spain with Ana Gabriel, Ricardo Arjona, Francisco Cespedes, and Pedro Guerra. Gutiérrez has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC and to a crowd of 10,000 people at Millennium Park, Chicago.

In 2007 Gutiérrez teamed up with the great Doc Severinsen in San Miguel de Allende. Gutiérrez is the bandleader, founder, and musical director of the group The San Miguel Five. The group has performed with symphony orchestras across the United States and Canada.

Joining Gutiérrez for this exciting event will be the Cuban pianist Gabriel Hernández, whose most recent album is Mr. Many Moons. He is well known to audiences throughout the world from his many appearances with such musical giants as Chick Corea, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock and Ray Charles. Gabriel Hernández was born in Camaguey, Cuba, and began his music studies at age seven in the Conservatory Luis Casas Romero in Camaguey, Cuba. At age 15 he received an award for best musical orchestration. He dived into the renowned jazz festivals that take place annually in Havana, and thus became part of the bands of Leon Thomas and Dizzy Gillespie. Hernández has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals as well as concerts in Budapest, Madrid, Guadalupe Islands, Martinique and Moscow. Currently he participates in the renowned orchestra Afro-Cuban All Stars directed by Juan De Marcos González. In 1985 UNEAC (Union of Cuban Writers and Artists), awarded him its highest honor and he was inscribed in the book of great personalities of Cuban music and art.

Both Gil Gutiérrez and Gabriel Hernández live in San Miguel de Allende and in this special event on September 23, will turn their great passion for music into art. The occasion is the first annual fundraising concert for the Children’s Art Foundation, to help fulfill the kids’ dreams. In addition to regular art classes, field trips, and contests, the children paint a mural for their school, four hours each day after school for about a month. In Palo Colorado, the result is a beautiful mural with a river, fish, agaves, a tree of knowledge and a dreaming child reading a book, Mother Nature! Our Teacher.

Concert tickets also include a chance to win some great raffle prizes: Breakfast for two at beautiful Lavanda restaurant, three-CD collection of great music by Gil Gutiérrez, an original painting by the artist Toller Cranston.

When you purchase the concert tickets make sure you include an email on the ticket voucher as winners of the raffle will be contacted via email. Concert tickets (100/250/350 pesos) are on sale at Teatro Ángela Peralta, Biblioteca Tienda, La Conexion- Aldama 3. The concert is on Tuesday, September 23, at 7pm, Teatro Angela Peralta.

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