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Benefit Concert This Saturday to Include Works of Claude Bolling

By C. Fenton

Xavier Hernández, a well-known tenor and flautist, along with his wife, Liliana Gutiérrez, a respected pianist, have gathered together excellent musicians to perform a concert of instrumental and vocal music this Saturday at 5pm in St. Paul’s Church. Their group is known as Ensamble San Miguel, and they have delighted audiences through the years.

Benefit Concert
By Ensamble San Miguel
Sat, Nov 26, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6

“We are excited to present a suite for flute and piano by Claude Bolling which mixes classical music traditions with popular styles such as jazz,” commented Hernández. “Following this same style of composition and arrangements, we also selected to play a famous piece based on Beethoven, called ‘Swinging Elisa,’ as well as Piazzola’s famous ‘Oblivion,’ along with other favorites from this musical genre.”

Israel Chávez on drums and percussion and Federico Azus playing bass will join Hernández and Gutiérrez to complete the group. “We felt this combination of composers and musical styles would complement through the expression of the music the actual work of the Rural Education Institute for which we are proud to present this concert,” said Hernández. “So we are following tradition, yet, like jazz, making way for variations on a theme—in this case on the themes of young lives—because that is what Rural Ed does as they lead children in discovering their unique talents and how to build better futures.”

Rural Education Institute will receive a portion of the proceeds of the concert which will be applied to their partnerships with communities they serve, where they have created community centers with classrooms, libraries, and computer labs to promote literacy and computer skills in rural areas of San Miguel. They also provide scholarships and/or direct resources to students wishing to continue their education through high school.

Please attend this concert with some of San Miguel’s most talented musicians for the pure enjoyment—but know that you are helping Rural Education Institute to bridge the education gap in rural Mexico and give these young people a real chance at a future that will change their lives and their community for the better.

Tickets can be purchased at St Paul’s Church, the Biblioteca, and La Conexión on Aldama, 250 pesos in advance or 300 pesos at the door.


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