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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 [...]

México Chamber Symphony Brings Nation’s Orchestra Greats to Pay Tribute to Mayan and Aztec History


By Antonio Cabrero An all-star orchestra of concertmasters and principals from the nation’s premier orchestras will meet in San Miguel de Allende next weekend to conjure up images of ancient México, including pyramids, ceremonial centers, the imperial cities of the Mayan and Aztec cultures, the plazas for goods and merchandises trade (tianguis), and the sacred [...]

Live Soul and Blues Classics on Offer at Special International Jazz Festival Dining Events


By Tere Urtusástegui A XXV International Festival of Jazz and Blues special event offering music, dinner, and dance will take place Friday, July 26, at 6pm on the rooftop of the Restaurant Vinos + Tapas. The Festival will hold two shows in one night—“The Great American Songbook” and “Soul and Motown.” This memorable evening where [...]

Jazz Musician Papacho Sirdey Returns to San Miguel with a Quintet


By Billie Rose Ulmer Music lovers, take note! If you’ve been around San Miguel de Allende for a while, you’ve probably heard the name “Papacho.” If you’re new in town, remember it, because wherever Papacho Sirdey goes, great music follows. We were desolée a few years back when he left us to move to Montreal [...]

International Jazz and Blues Festival Concert to Feature Pedigreed Guest Musicians


By Tere Urtusástegui On Thursday, July 11, the Angela Peralta Theater’s presentation of the XXV International Jazz and Blues Festival’s supplemental concert will highlight music showing how Latin composers came to a crossroads with jazz in the 1940s and 1950s. This concert will feature Latin jazz songs from México, including “Bésame Mucho,” “Cuando Vuelva a [...]

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 [...]

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