Guitarist Alfredo Muro at Bellas Artes
By Fredric Dannen
San Miguel’s appeal as a premier tourist spot may have its downside—such as overcrowded sidewalks and restaurants and the occasional traffic jam. But the town’s allure does have the benefit of attracting musicians of world-class caliber who normally would not give concerts in cities of this size. The Peruvian-born guitarist, Alfredo Muro, has an international reputation and tour commitments that stretch from the US to Australia. Muro loves San Miguel and since 2014 has performed an average of three concerts a year here. His forthcoming concert, “Apasionado,” will be presented on Saturday, January 14, at 7pm, at the Bellas Artes, Hernandez Macias 75.
By Alfredo Muro
Sat, Jan 14, 7pm
Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez, Bellas Artes
Hernández Macías 75
250 pesos in advance
300 pesos at the door
Tickets at La Conexión (Aldama 3), Solutions (Recreo 11), Arthur Murray Dance Studio (Salida a Celaya 59).
Tickets can also be purchased online for USD$12.50 from steinwayseries.com
Subtitled “Two Continents, One Guitar,” this concert will feature the music of Astor Piazzolla, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Thelonious Monk, J.S. Bach, Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz, and others. Equally at home with classical music and popular styles, Muro’s specialty is Latin music. His fans include Brazilian composer Carlos Lyra, one of the founders of bossa nova (“elegant … I listen to Muro with much delight”); the famed novelist Isabel Allende (“I love the CD (Guitarra Apasionada) of Alfredo Muro!”); and pop legend José Feliciano (“Alfredo Muro elevates the guitar to a higher plane. He brings me to that place that only really inspiring music can bring one.”)
A soft-spoken man who becomes animated when talking about music, Muro is active in charitable and social causes, as is his wife, Rosemarie, a medical doctor. The Apasionado concert will benefit Mujeres en Cambio as well as an organization in which Muro has lately taken a personal interest, the Orquesta Juvenil de San Miguel de Allende. The youth orchestra, founded in 2011 by conductor, pianist, and educator Victor Hugo Ramos Fonseca, consists of boys and girls from as young as 6 years of age, to young adults up to age 24. The orchestra has toured Mexico, and given concerts locally at the Teatro Angela Peralta and the Bellas Artes. Ramos says the youth orchestra needs funding in order to hire more teachers and to purchase some of the larger, more expensive instruments currently lacking—in particular, the tuba, bassoon, and double bass.
Muro has invited the orchestra to perform an introductory work at the start of his concert and will collaborate with some of the string players in a rendition of the well-known Spanish Romance, a 19th century work of uncertain origin.