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A Musical Feast


By Tim Hazell Pro Musica’s Youth Chamber Orchestra has been busy rehearsing new additions to its repertoire and preparing for its upcoming concert on Sunday, November 11, at 12pm on the historic Bellas Artes main floor patio. The event is part of their ongoing commitment to bring classical music to people of all ages in [...]

The “Otherwordly” Greatness of Beethoven’s Final Piano Sonata


By Fredric Dannen In Thomas Mann’s novel Doctor Faustus, a character named Wendell Kretzschmar, the town’s organist and music teacher, delivers a lecture on the last of Beethoven’s thirty-two piano sonatas, his Sonata Op 111 in C minor. Kretzschmar starts with a question: Why is the sonata in two movements instead of the usual three? [...]

Metropolitan Opera México Auditions Winners Concert


By Michael Pearl This month Pro Musica stages the Metropolitan Opera Auditions for the whole of México when more than 40 singers from all over the country will vie for substantial prize money and the chance to progress through to the Regional Finals of the competition. The Winners of the Auditions, as well as those [...]

“Songs and Stories 2” Concert Comes to San Miguel Playhouse


By Doug Robinson On Tuesday, November 13, an all-new version of the concert series known as “Songs and Stories,” which debuted in April, returns to the San Miguel Playhouse for one night only. The concert highlights three diverse songwriters—Jesse Harris, Todd Clouser and myself, Doug Robinson, as we perform our newest and best material in [...]

Opera San Miguel Announces Major New Prize

By Shari Alexander Concurso San Miguel XI will offer a major new prize to a talented winner at Opera San Miguel’s (OSM) annual contest for young Mexican singers this March thanks to a partnership ith a Barcelona conservatory school. John Bills, the company’s artistic director, said this week from Spain, “I am delighted to announce [...]

Marta García Renart Pays Tribute to Debussy


By Tim Hazell El Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez “El Nigromante,” (Bellas Artes) has the pleasure of presenting pianist Marta García Renart in concert on Thursday, November 15, at 8pm, in the Miguel Malo auditorium. Renart will be performing a tribute to French composer Claude Debussy (1862–1918) to mark the hundredth anniversary of his death. She [...]

The King of Rock Flamenco comes to Bellas Artes


By Viridiana Gutiérrez For the first time, all the way from Denver, Colorado, The King of Rock Flamenco, “El Javi” is giving an extraordinary concert at Bellas Artes on Friday, November 9 at 7pm, accompanied by his loyal percussionist, Jordi Marín, and Mario Gonzalez on the bass. Now, armed with a more mature and expressive [...]

San Diego Pianist Drew Massicot


By Therese Belanger San Diego pianist Drew Massicot, a regular visitor to San Miguel de Allende for the past several years, has returned and will be leading a rousing sing-along at Café Monet on Tuesday, October 30, 7–9pm. Printed lyrics to all of the songs will be provided! The song list includes Best of Broadway [...]

A Small City with A Large Opera Presence


By Alexis White From The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions to the Concurso, Bel Canto and Pro Musica, San Miguel Supports Opera competition, education and performance Our city is tiny by comparison to other opera centers, yet when it comes to supporting the genre, San Miguel de Allende is a worthy contender against many of [...]

Katia Cardenas Jazz Tour Plants Minnesota Roots in Mexico


By Anne Nicolai Katia Cardenas has been c alled “the fastest rising star on the jazz scene” in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, where she performs at nationally acclaimed venues. A specialist in jazz, soul, and R&B, Cardenas’s repertoire also encompasses Latin and pop tunes, and she fronts a touring swing band, the Casablanca Orchestra. In November, [...]

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