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The Award-Winning Bell Art Quartet Unites Performers and Audiences


By Tim Hazell Many of you have attended and enjoyed our Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra’s energetic performances of classical music on Sundays at Centro Cultural El Nigromante, aka Bellas Artes. Worthy of note is that the chamber orchestra has also served as the vehicle to bring like-minded musicians together who have formed their own [...]

Dover Quartet, “The Young String Quartet of the Moment,” Returns To San Miguel


By Fredric Dannen Camden Shaw, the cellist for the Dover Quartet, had just arrived at an airport in Arkansas, en route from London, when he called my home phone to talk with me about the quartet’s upcoming appearance at the Festival de Música de Cámara here in San Miguel de Allende. He had perhaps a [...]

Lady Zen’s Five Upcoming Concerts Pay Tribute to the Queen of Soul


By Fredric Dannen Aretha Franklin, one of the greatest vocalists the United States has ever produced, probably knew she was destined for stardom when she was a child gospel singer at a Baptist church in Detroit, where her father was a minister. But there was a slight bump on the freeway to fame: in 1959, [...]

Jazz & Blues Festival Concert Pairs the Music of Two Very Different Singer-Songwriters


By Tere Urtusastegui At first glance, Carole King and Bob Dylan might not seem all that alike: Dylan, called “the voice of his generation,” ignited the 1960s with his political songs that inspired the burgeoning counterculture. King, meanwhile, was known more for songs that focused on relationships and introspection. The choice by organizers at the [...]

Countertenor Don Krim Teams Up With Celebrated Cuban Pianist at Concert at Bellas Artes

Don Krim

By Tina Bueche Don Krim is a standout musical star in San Miguel, a town with no shortage of fine musicians. A countertenor, that rarest of voices, he is a performer whose natural vocal range, without falsetto, is that of a mezzo-soprano. Krim’s voice is “gorgeous,” says Spanish conductor José María Moreno, who adds, “It [...]

Acclaimed Violinist David Mendoza’s Upcoming Concert Is a Musical Collaboration

By Ellie Harold After a month-long tour of Canada that included a week at the annual Montreal International Jazz Festival, violinist David Mendoza is back in San Miguel de Allende for a concert at Paprika Restaurant on August 13, this time joined by local pianist Lorelei Capell. Lorelei Capell Originally from Chicago, Capell taught piano [...]

Steinway Series Returns Cuban Pianist to Bellas Artes

Fidel Leal

By Fredric Dannen When Cuban pianist Fidel Leal made his San Miguel debut one year ago in a concert featuring Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No 7, he was a relative unknown here, though celebrated in his native country. Since then, he’s been invited back once and is returning yet again with two performances you won’t want [...]

Violinist David Mendoza Returns to San Miguel After Three-Month Absence

David Mendoza

By Lorelei Capell David Mendoza gave his last concerts in San Miguel in March—a sold-out event at the 400-plus-seat Teatro Ángela Peralta—and April, the latter being a special preview of his new album, Birds Fly In, at Casa de la Noche. Now, after a three-month absence, he’s back. Mendoza will be giving a single concert [...]

Cuarteto Latinoamericano Opens Forty-First Season of San Miguel Music Chamber Festival

Cuarteto Latinamericano

By Mick Lockey In 1985, Mexican-born Saúl Bitrán was studying violin at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv when he became friendly with a fellow student, a voice major. Her name was Sivan Rotem, and she too was a transplanted Latin American, born in Argentina. Today, Rotem, an operatic soprano, is ranked as [...]

World-Class Chamber Music Festival Started 41 Years Ago as an Idea Among Friends

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Por Frederic Dannen It began in the late 1970s when a small group of friends, some of whom played string instruments as a hobby, decided that San Miguel de Allende was a fitting place for an annual chamber music festival. Today, 41 consecutive seasons later, the Festival de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de [...]

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