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Concurso San Miguel Winners Gain International Recognition

By Shari Alexander Open almost any magazine or newspaper these days and the words pop out: San Miguel de Allende, Best City; Best Destination, Best Vacation Spot…you name it. Now you can add: Best Booster of Young Opera Stars! As Pro Ópera magazine says, Opera San Miguel (OSM) and its Concurso San Miguel now do [...]

The International Jazz Day – Concert

By Antonio Lozoya As part of the extraordinary concerts of the International Jazz and Blues Festival, this XXIV edition will celebrate International Jazz Day on April 28 at the Angela Peralta Theater. The concert will present artists from different countries such as Canada, Brazil, Sweden, the United States, Cuba, and Mexico. Together, leading musicians of [...]

Doug Robinson Returns to the Stage for Songs and Stories, an intimate Concert Featuring Award-winning Singer/Songwriters

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By Doug Robinson They aren’t household names, but I am proud to be sharing the stage with these guys—if you’ve ever heard Norah Jones’ lovely break-out hit “Don’t Know Why” then you’ve heard the work of Jesse Harris, who not only composed and played on that track as well as a few others on her [...]

Pictures From An Exhibition

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By Tim Hazell Pro Musica’s 30-member Youth Chamber Orchestra will open their upcoming concert on Sunday, April 1 at the historic Bellas Artes/Centro Cultural “El Nigromante” with their brass section playing a rousing excerpt from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures from an Exhibition.” Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839 – 1881) was a Russian composer, one of a group known as “The Five.” [...]

Jesse Harris, Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Makes His San Miguel Debut

By Fredric Dannen In April 1998, New York-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jesse Harris was driving cross-country in an old Cadillac Seville with a fellow musician and happened to make a stop at the University of North Texas, in Denton. There, Harris met a young singer and pianist named Norah Jones, who had just turned [...]

Grand Finale to Celebrate Ser Mujer and International Women’s Month


By Carole Schor On March 24, Ser Mujer and the Center for Global Justice present Sandra Moran at El Sindicato. Join us at 1pm for an intimate conversation with Sandra Moran to learn about her lifelong efforts at stopping violence towards women and working for human rights. Learn why she was exiled for many years from Guatemala. [...]

Lady Zen Sings Bessie Smith at San Miguel Playhouse

By Fredric Dannen When you hear a gospel or blues singer tear the roof off a performance space, it is a safe bet that the singer received their formative musical training in church. This is true of the woman who calls herself Lady Zen, one of the most talented musicians ever to reside in San Miguel, the city [...]

A Comida for Jazz Lovers

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By Joanne Janning On Sunday, March 25, the Dominguez brothers, Alonso and Luis, will serve a special three-course comida at their restaurant, Nextia at the Hotel Nena. Alonso Dominguez is a young chef whose particular vision of cooking distinguishes him from others. He and his younger brother Luis grew up learning about the culinary arts [...]

A Grand Night for Singing!

By Liz Stone Friday, March 23 will be a grand night for the San Miguel Singers, who have shared their music and joy with San Miguel for over 15 years under the direction of Liz Stone. Her involvement in this group started with the idea that anyone who loved to sing should have a place [...]

10th Concurso Awards Unprecedented Prize Amounts

By Shari Alexander The sold-out audience for Concurso San Miguel X on March 3rd was astounded at the number and generosity of its prizes for Mexico’s most talented young opera singers. A total of 620,000 pesos in cash grants for advanced study and professional expenses was awarded to 12 finalists, in addition to many more [...]

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