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Festival Internacional de Musica Offers Dazzling Opening Week

By Paula Peace

After months of anticipation, the Festival Internacional de Música San Miguel de Allende launches in one week its impressive thirty-ninth season of concerts, master classes, and art lectures. From world-class chamber music performed in our recently air-conditioned Angela Peralta Teatro, to free outdoor concerts under the trees at Bellas Artes, the month of August in San Miguel, August 4‒26, will be bustling with international superstar musicians sharing their superb talent with fortunate San Miguel audiences.

Festival Internacional de Música San Miguel de Allende
Aug 4‒26
Purchase tickets online at
Ángela Peralta Theater on concert days
Consejo Turistico on the Jardín, Tue‒Sat, 9am–5pm

The opening weekend of August 4 and 5 features the San Miguel debut of the Meccore Quartet, based in Poland and acclaimed as “one of Europe’s most compelling young ensembles.” Their two programs offer chestnuts by Haydn, Schumann, and Greg—plus the exciting chance to hear more recent works by the Meccore’s countrymen Witold Lutoslawski and Karol Szymanowski. In the words of program annotator Ken Morrow, the Szymanowski, first quartet of 1917, is a “blend of German Romanticism with French Impressionism,” and the second, from 1927, is “beautiful, though unusual music built around simple, ancient folk melodies.” What a fabulous opportunity we have to hear these rarely performed works brought to life by passionate young interpreters!

Saturday morning, August 5, at 12 noon, the gentlemen of the Meccore Quartet invite us to experience their master-class coaching of students from the Conservatory of Music in Celaya in the Miguel Malo Auditorium in Bellas Artes. It is fascinating to witness the transformation of students under the expert tutelage of veteran performers such as the Meccore.

Former San Miguel resident, Peruvian guitarist Alfredo Muro has toured internationally for decades and has built a deservedly wide following here. For his Festival concert on Tuesday, August 8, he has assembled a fascinating program for guitar and strings, calling upon collaborators from Guanajuato’s Scherzo String Quartet, plus cellist James Bailey and bassist Paulo Tovar. Works range from Handel and Vivaldi to Bandolim and Pixinguinha. Guitar lovers will not want to miss this special salute to the guitar plus strings repertoire.

Visual arts scholar and gifted lecturer Kahren Arbitman opens her three-part series on Thursday, August 10, at 5pm in the Miguel Malo Auditorium in Bellas Artes, with a slide show presentation and lecture on “The Divine Michelangelo.” Arbitman’s lectures have been enormously popular in past seasons. The modest admission supports the Festival’s adventurous season.

Complete 2017 Festival concert details and the new, convenient online box office are available through the Festival’s website:



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