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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 [...]

Gypsy Music Artist Bartok Lataretu Returns to the Biblioteca

Bartok in Concert

By John Miller Once again, the Santa Ana Theater is pleased to present the great gypsy artist Bartok Lataretu, whose unmistakable interpretation of gypsy art has captivated the most demanding of audiences in Latin America and Europe and has positioned him as one of the most important Rom musicians today. Safeguarding gyspy tradition in the [...]

Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra Returns with Inaugural Concert


By Tim Hazell Pro Musica’s Youth Chamber Orchestra is back as the official “Orchestra in Residence” at Bellas Artes, with a “Music Under the Arches” concert series, an ongoing series of free Sunday concerts throughout 2019. In addition, the 33-member orchestra has signed a new accord with the historic Centro Cultural El Nigromante’s new director, [...]

Norwegian Violin Sensation Returns to San Miguel for Concert on 1725 Stradivarius


By Mittie Roger San Miguel welcomes the return of Norwegian-born violin sensation David Coucheron, known for being the youngest concertmaster in any US orchestra and for performing on his Stradivarius violin, made by the master luthier in 1725. Get ready to hear the “creamy, highly expressive … sound from his Stradivarius,” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) of [...]

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