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Entertainment Guide - April 7, 2018

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, Thursday to Sunday, April 5-8 and Thursday to Sunday, April 13-15, all at 8:30 p.m. 260-400 pesos. Tickets available at Cabañas and Teatro Degollado box offices, and Ticketmaster.

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. Running time: 3:56.

Teatro Diana, Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. 100-250 pesos.

Contemporary Mondays

The “Sesiones de Música Popular Contemporánea” series of Monday concerts features talented local musicians. April 9:  Argentine indie musician Gonzalo Aloras. April 16: Los Delicados, contemporary interpretations of song from yesterday. April 23: Indie/pop band Galgo.

Teatro Alarife Martín Casillas, Mondays. Free.

Monday concerts

April 9: Jazz Street pay homage to Famed French jazz artist Claude Bolling. April 16: 17-year-old piano prodigy Saul Ibarra. April 23: New York jazz stars Luca Santaniello and Emanuele Cisi

Palcco, Mondays, 8 p.m. 100 pesos.

Tuesday recitals

The Jalisco Culture Secretariat’s “Martes de Música y Ópera” series showcases talented classical musicians at free-of-charge Tuesday evening recitals. April 10: Cuauhtemoc García Verdugo (flute) and Carolina Rodríguez (piano).April 17: Tangos and zarzuela with Cesia Mendoza (soprano) and Ulises Marez (tenor).

Teatro Alarife Mortín 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. April 11: Carlos Alberto Gutierrez (piano). April 18: Gerardo Ruiz (clavecin). April 25: Portuguese Brass Trio. May 2: Duo Argentum, Franca Terrazas (flute) and Victor Castillo (guitar). May 9: Anisley Martinez (soprano) and Christophe Lafontaine (piano)

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

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. Bertrand de Billy conducts.

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

Lenny Kravitz


U.S. performer’s style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads. An icon of the music industry, Kravitz won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category.  His Raise Vibration tour promotes his 11th studio album.

VFG Arena, Wednesday, April 18, 8 p.m. 400-2,700 pesos.

Carlos Vives

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

Shen Yun

The Shen Yun company brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, dynasties and legends through classical Chinese dance and music in an exhilarating show. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with color and energy. Tremendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums and masterful vocalists are all set to animated backdrops that transport the audience to another world.  Its grand production astonishes global audiences with nearly 100 artists, 400 handmade costumes, and a live orchestra with Western and Chinese instruments.

Conjunto de Artes Escénicas (Periferico and Prolongacion Laureles), Saturday, April 28. 4:30 ad 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, 1 and 6:30 p.m. 1,590-2,390 pesos.

Alex Mercado Trio

The 12th Jalisco Jazz Festival presents Mexican jazz master Alex Mercado on piano, supported by Israel Cupich on bass and Gabriel Puentes on drums. Mercado is best known for his particular interpretative style and instrumental technique, incorporating contemporary jazz with pop atmospheres. He has been described by Music Life Magazine as “one of the best Mexican jazz players,” and two of his albums have been reviewed by Down Beat.

Conjunto de Artes Escenicas, Thursday, May 3, 9 p.m. 350-450 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.

Rubén Blades

In a Mother’s Day treat, famed Panamanian singer, songwriter, actor, musician, activist and politician is joined by Roberto Delgado & Orquesta to play music from their acclaimed album, “Salsa Big Band,” among other songs.  The album won Album of the Year and Best Salsa Album at last year’s Latin Grammy Awards. Blades performs most often in the Afro-Cuban, salsa, and Latin jazz genres.

Conjunto de Artes Escenicas, Thursday, May 10, 9 p.m. 900-2,000 pesos.

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