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Entertainment Guide - March 10, 2018

Live from the Met

Live telecast of Rossini’s “Semiramide.” This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance – its first in nearly 25 years – with Maurizio Benini on the podium.

The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong.

Teatro Diana, Saturday, March 10, noon. 100-250 pesos.

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra

Marco Parisotto conducts Tchaicovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 and Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 “Pathetique.”

Teatro Degollado, Sunday, March 11, 12:30 p.m. 110-200 pesos.

Folk dance

The 2018 season of one of Mexico’s premier dance groups, the University of Guadalajara’s Ballet Folclorico, is now underway.  Founded in 1960, the acclaimed troupe is currently made up of about 168 singers, dancers and musicians.

Teatro Degollado, Sundays, March 11, 18, 25, all at 6 p.m. 100 to 400 pesos.

Contemporary Mondays

The “Sesiones de Música Popular Contemporánea” series of Monday concerts features talented local musicians. March 12:  Latino sounds from La Orilla.

Teatro Alarife Martín Casillas, Mondays. Free.

Tuesday recitals

The Jalisco Culture Secretariat’s “Martes de Música y Ópera” series showcases talented classical musicians at free-of-charge Tuesday evening recitals. March 13: Pieces by Mozart interpreted by Susana Flores (soprano), José Méndez (tenor), Jorge Amezcua (baritone) and Paco Ramos (piano).

Teatro Alarife Martín Casillas, Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Free.

Free recitals

A series of spring recitals held Wednesdays at the Museo Regional de Guadalajara mark the 66th anniversary of the Universidad de Guadalajara Department of Music. March 14: Enrique Velasco (guitar). March 21: Luis Alberto Llanesa (baritone).

Museo Regional, Liceo 60, centro historico. All 8 p.m. Free.

Dance

Free dance presentations each Thursday with top-notch local and national performers. March 15: Experimental dance with Compañía Velvet Ramírez. March 22: Modern dance with Artefactia.

Teatro Alarife Martín Casillas , Thursdays, 8 p.m. Free.

Raphael

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Famed Spanish crooner, now aged 74, in concert.

Teatro Diana, Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday,  March 15, 9 p.m. 450-1,600 pesos.

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra

Orchestra interprets Mexican composer Armando Luna’s Sinfonía No. 2 Homenaje a Posadas, and Fratres by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, with JPO violinist Maxwell Pardo as soloist. The grand finale is Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44.

Teatro Degollado, Thursday, March 15, 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 18, 12:30 p.m. 110-200 pesos.

Countertenors

Acclaimed English countertenor Michael Chance joins Santiago Cumplido for what promises to be a fascinating – and reasonably priced – concert. Chance’s appearances in oratorio and recital have taken him to concert halls all over the world, including Carnegie Hall.   Cumplido, also a countertenor, is considered one of Mexico’s most talented young singers.  Also featuring Natalia de la Torre (soprano), Alex Jenne (theorbo), Rafael Cardenas (harpsichord) and the Higinio Ruvalcaba chamber orchestra.  Rebecca Huber is the concertmaster.

Conjunto de Artes Escenicas (Periferico Norte 1695), Wednesday, March 21, 9 p.m. 150-300 pesos.

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra

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Marco Parisotto conducts Tchaicovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45. Abdiel Vázquez (above) is the piano soloist.

Teatro Degollado, Thursday, March 22, 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 25, 12:30 p.m. 110-200 pesos.

Live from the Met

Telecast direct from New York of Mozart’s heralded “Cosi Fan Tutti.” Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island – complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel.

Teatro Diana, Saturday, March 31, 11 a.m. 100-250 pesos.

Ballet de Jalisco

After receiving rave reviews in previous years, the Ballet de Jalisco returns with  seven presentations of the ballet “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,” featuring the music of Rachmaninoff,  Tchaikowsky, Wolf-Ferrari, Saint-Säenz, Moniuszko, and Khachaturian. Choreography is by troupe director Dariusz Blajer.

Patio Mayor of the Instituto Cultural Cabañas, April 5-8 and April 13-15, all at 8:30 p.m.

Live from the Met

Telecast direct from New York of Verdi’s “Luisa Miller.” Plácido Domingo adds yet another role to his legendary Met career in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years.

Teatro Diana, Saturday, April 14, 11:30 a.m. 100-250 pesos.

Carlos Vives

Popular Guatemalan folk and pop singer in concert.

Auditorio Telmex, Saturday, April 21, 9 p.m.

Il Divo

Multi-national male classical crossover vocal quartet that originated in the United Kingdom in 2003, bringing together singers Urs Bühler (Switzerland), Carlos Marín (Spain), David Miller (United States), and Sébastien Izambard (France). They have sold over 30 million albums worldwide and had 160 certified gold and platinum hits in 35 countries. Known for pioneering the genre of operatic pop, or “popera,” in classical crossover music.

Auditorio Telmex, Friday, April 27, 9 p.m.

Live from the Met

Telecast direct from New York of Cendrillon.  Jules Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with Joyce DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.

Teatro Diana, Saturday, April 28, noon. 100-250 pesos.

The Scorpions

Germany’s most famous rock band goes on and on.  Formed in 1965, only rhythm guitarist Rudolf Schenker remains from the original quintet. Still enjoy huge fan base worldwide.

Auditorio Telmex, Sunday, May 6, 6 p.m.

GR RECOMMENDS: Modern dance

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Dancers from the Ljubljana SNG Opera and Ballet present the work “A Symphony of Sorrowful Songs,” a work featuring Polish composer Henryk Mikołai Górecki’s Symphony Number 3. The ballet, created by Tomaž Pandur who died in 2016 at the age of 53, is described as an hypnotic, intense and moving reflection on what it means to be human. Górecki’s early works were influenced by Messiaen, with whom he studied briefly in Paris in the early 1960s. “Sorrowful Songs” is his best known work.

Conjunto de Artes Escenicas, Saturday, March 17, 9 p.m. and Sunday, March 18, 6 p.m.  300-500 pesos.

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