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International Jazz and Blues Festival Puts on Three Extra Concerts


By Tere Urtusástegui The twenty-fifth edition of the International Jazz and Blues Festival of San Miguel de Allende will present additional concerts during the month of June at three different venues. The first in this series, on Friday, June 14, at the Ángela Peralta Theater, “Blues & Rock Ladies,” will feature the music of Bessie [...]

Ragazzi Boys Chorus


Por Sylvia Eliza Garica Ragazzi, fundado en 1987, ofrece una destacada educación musical y oportunidades de interpretación para niños y jóvenes de entre 5 y 18 años de edad. Alrededor de 200 cantantes, en seis niveles, de más de 100 escuelas y más de 30 comunidades costeras y valles, participan en este programa reconocido internacionalmente. [...]

Soul Divas Concert


By Tere Urtusástegui This month’s concert for the 25th International San Miguel Jazz and Blues Festival will honor the female singing stars known as The Soul Divas: Aretha Franklyn, Etta James, and Nina Simone. Mark your calendars for May 25 and come to the Bellas Artes Auditorium for this major treat. Soul music, a popular [...]

Opera San Miguel Ends Season on a High Note


By Shari Alexander With the recent Concurso San Miguel Winners Concert, Opera San Miguel (OSM) brought its extraordinary 2019 season to a close. This eleventh season represented a giant leap forward for Opera San Miguel and the remarkable young singers it is discovering and developing. Each of the 2019 events was sold-out, and the quality [...]

Lady Zen Sings Nina Simone in Benefit Concert at Bellas Artes


By Fredric Dannen Had the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia not denied admission to an eminently qualified 17-year-old girl in 1950 because she happened to be black, the world might have had a great classical pianist named Eunice Kathleen Waymon. Instead, Waymon, needing to earn a living, found herself playing cocktail piano in a [...]

Jazz & Blues Festival Celebrates International Jazz Day with Gypsy Swing Concert

By Antonio Lozoya The International San Miguel Jazz & Blues Festival will celebrate International Jazz Day to the rhythm of Gypsy swing at St Paul’s Church on April 7. Gypsy jazz, also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz, is a style of jazz generally accepted to have been started in Paris in the [...]

Concurso San Miguel XI Winners to Appear in Concert

Awards Presentation

By Shari Alexander The second decade of Opera San Miguel’s Concurso San Miguel started off with a bang on March 2 with what most observers described as the best contest yet. If you were unable to attend the sold-out event, come hear these exciting young singers in a winners concert at the Bellas Artes cultural [...]

Grammy-Winning Cellist Zuill Bailey to Perform at St Paul’s Church


By Mittie Roger Called “one of the finest cellists alive today” by the online classical music website Classical Net, Zuill Bailey comes to St Paul’s Church this weekend, thanks to Pro Musica. Bailey has been described as “gifted with a beautiful tone, fabulous technique and sensitive interpretation” by the Audiophile Audition music website, and for [...]

Musician Dwight Blake’s “Memories of Motown” Show Arrives in San Miguel for Three Dates

Dwight Blake

By Fredric Dannen The Motown Sound, a blend of African-American soul music and mainstream pop, helped break down racial barriers in a recording industry that had kept its chart listings segregated throughout most of its history. Between 1961 and 1971, Motown had well over a hundred Top Ten hits from artists such as Stevie Wonder, [...]

Samir Belkacemi Flamenco Jazz Fusion

Samir Belkacemi

By Robert Troya The guitarist and composer Samir Belkacemi, offers us a program with original compositions characterized by strong and innovative tonalities, surprising and unusual harmonic and polyrhythmic modulations, Belkacemi creates a balance between consonant and dissonant sounds, seeking a unique language. Inspired by the incidental music, it seems that throughout the concert, the entire [...]

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