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Jazz and Blues Festival Brings Cole Porter’s Music to Life


By Antonio Lozoya

As part of its supplementary concert schedule this year, the twenty-fourth International Jazz and Blues Festival will present “An Evening with Cole Porter” on September 29 at St Paul’s Church.

Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891–October 15, 1964), an American composer and songwriter born to a wealthy family in Indiana, defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn to musical theatre. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the 1920s. By the 1930s, he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage. Unlike many successful Broadway composers, Porter wrote the lyrics as well as the music for his songs.

A serious horseback riding accident in 1937 left Porter disabled and in constant pain, yet he continued to work. His shows of the early 1940s did not contain the lasting hits of his best work of the 1920s and ‘30s, but in 1948 he made a triumphant comeback. His most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate won the first Tony Award for Best Musical.

Other Porter musicals include Fifty Million Frenchmen, DuBarry Was a Lady, Anything Goes, Can-Can, and Silk Stockings. His numerous hit songs include “Night and Day,” “Begin the Beguine,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and “Well, Did You Evah!” as well as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” and “You’re the Top.” He also composed scores for films from the 1930s to the 1950s, including Born to Dance (1936), which featured the song “You’d Be So Easy to Love”; Rosalie (1937), which featured “In the Still of the Night”; High Society (1956), which included “True Love”; and Les Girls (1957).

By popular demand, Louise Phelan returns to San Miguel de Allende! Phelan, who originally hails from Limerick, Ireland, has performed professionally at home and abroad, with the majority of her professional work taking her out of Ireland. She has participated in concerts as a soloist with symphony orchestras, orchestra bands, and big bands. In addition, Phelan performed in musicals, dramas, TV, and radio throughout North America, South America, and Europe. While living in Stockholm for a few years, she worked for Sony BMG and Universal Music.

The rhythm section will feature Patricio Peña on piano, Raúl Ríos on drums, and Antonio Lozoya on the bass and giving musical direction.

Tickets for this event are on sale at the Angela Peralta box office theater or on PayPal (



XXIV International Jazz & Blues Festival presents

“An Evening with Cole Porter”

Sat, Sep 29, 5pm

St Paul’s Church

Cardo 6

300 and 200 pesos

Tickets at:

Angela Peralta Theater box office




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