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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 [...]

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 [...]

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