Music-Lovers: Come Experience an Outing to Remember
By Adrienne Williams, Kay Ortega, Ginny Green
Concert and trip to Celaya
Mon, Jan 26, 10am-5pm
Bus leaves St. Paul’s Church at 10am
Tickets in advance
Agroup from San Miguel, in conjunction with the Celaya Conservatory of Music, is arranging transportation to and from Celaya on chartered buses Monday, January 26. On arrival in Celaya at the Conservatory there will be coffee followed by a gentle walking tour of sites (approximately one hour and fifteen minute flat walk), described below. Some may choose just to relax in the Jardin and watch the world go by. A light lunch will be served in the courtyard of the Conservatory under a lovely lime tree, and then all will proceed to the chapel, where a concert by a 16-piece chamber ensemble from the conservatory will be performed.
The Conservatory of Music in Celaya
The conservatory was established in 1991 to provide professional training in music education and performance. It offers a variety of academic programs, the most advanced of which leads to a Bachelor of Music degree. There are currently 600 students from throughout Mexico attending the conservatory. Of these, approximately 300 are part-time, with 200 participating in a children’s program on Saturday mornings.
Aurora Cardenas Avila became the Director of the conservatory in 2004. She is a graduate of the School of Music, University of Guanajuato, where she was recognized as an outstanding cellist. She is responsible for the creation of the well-known Orquestra Sinfonia Juvenil “Silvestre Revueltas,” the conservatory’s popular Symphony Orchestra with its own concert series in Celaya and annual invitations to perform at the Festival de Cervantino in Guanajuato.
Celaya is best known to people from San Miguel for its Costco, yet it is also known as the Golden Door to the Bajío. There are several interesting sites in its historic centro, one of which is the conservatory. Its present home is a former convent which houses a recently restored beautiful chapel, where the concert will be held.
Another is the Templo del Carmen, designed by the famous Celaya architect Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras, which dates back to 1597. This Neoclassic style church was almost totally consumed by fire on July 16, 1802, but was rebuilt between 1802 and 1807. It contains one of Tresguerras’ paintings.
The construction of the Templo de San Francisco was begun in 1683; however, the façade and altars were not completed until 1820 by Tresguerras. It also is a Neoclassic style church and contains a number of spectacular altars. Tresguerras is also responsible for the Columna de la Independencia in the historic center of Celaya. This is the first monument erected to “a free and sovereign Mexico.”
Close by is the Torre Hidraulica, known also as the “Bola de Agua” which dates from 1908 and is the city’s icon. Its holding tank was manufactured in Germany and assembled on site to provide potable drinking water for the town. It is believed to be the only one of its kind with a spherical shape.
The Presidencia Municipal (City Hall) has a number of murals by Celaya artist Octavio Ocampo depicting Mexican historical events, and the Celaya Museum may be opened to accommodate our visit along with an English speaking guide.
This is a wonderful opportunity to create new ties between the conservatory and its students and those who love music in San Miguel. Advance reservations are required; please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information and tickets.