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Entertainment Guide - July 07, 2018

Monday concerts

Free concerts by contemporary pop and rock artists of various genres –  local, national and, sometimes, international. July 9: Vaquero Negro. July 16: Flor Villagra. August 6: Dirty Black Beans (rockabilly, blues, swing). August 13: Cian.

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

More on Mondays

Mondays concerts of differing genres. July 9: Vivaldi’s famous “Four Seasons” performed by the Zapopan Youth Orchestra with invited violin soloist Leonardo Mora. July 16: Atmosfera. July 23: Pianist  Manuel Guillen. July 30: Chilakil Brass.

Palcco, Mondays, 8:30 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.  July 10: Soprano Estefanía Avilez, accompanied by Timothy Ruff Welch on piano, interprets pieces and arias by Massenet, Bizet, Mozart, Rossini, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, among others. August 7: Ensamble Cantiga Virreinal. August 14: Yalissa Cruz Espino (cello), Rosa María Valdez (piano) and speical invited guest Sergio Emilio Parra (piano).

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


“La Verbena de la Paloma,” a zarzuela by Tomas Breton, will feature the Zapopan Symphony Orchestra, stage direction by Leopoldo Falcon and choral direction by Sergio Dario.  Zarzuela is a type of Spanish opera featuring wildly colorful dress, singing and dancing.  The form dates back to the 17th century.

Conjunto de Artes Escenicas, Saturday, July 7, 8:30 p.m.

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra

The first half of the fourth program will feature two Mozart piano concertos, with invited pianists Christine Gerwig, Efraín González and Alejandro González Gerwig.  The orchestra interprets Franz Liszt’s Hunnenschlacht (The Battle of the Huns) and Wellington’s Victory, composed by Beethoven to commemorate the Duke of Wellington’s triumph over Joseph Bonaparte at the Battle of Vitoria in Spain in June 1813, in the latter section of the performance.

Teatro Degollado, Sunday, July 8, 12:30 p.m. 110-200 pesos.

Yann Tiersen

Avant garde French musician and composer, whose music involves a large variety of instruments: the guitar, piano, synthesizer or violin together with instruments such as the melodica, xylophone, toy piano, harpsichord, accordion and typewriter.

Conjunto de Artes Escénicas, Sunday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra

The final program of the summer season sees the return to Guadalajara of virtuoso U.S. violinist Esther Yoo. The first ever artist-in-residence with the Royal Philharmonic, she will be the soloist in Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77. The performance will end with Bela Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, Sz.116.

Conjunto de Artes Escénicas, Thursday, July 12, 8:30 p.m. Teatro Degollado, Sunday, July 15, 12:30 p.m.  250-600 pesos.

Circus arts

The 6th Festival Periplo 2018, billed as an “International Circus Gala,” begins with a show featuring a plethora of invited artists from around the world.  They include Wes Peden, a juggler from the United States; Florence Huet, a hula hooper from France; Aimé Morales, a cyr wheeler from Venezuela; and Gabriela Muñoz, alias Chula the Clown, from Mexico.

Conjunto de Artes Escénicas, Saturday, July 14, 8:30 p.m. 150-350 pesos.

Folk dancers

The Ballet Folclorico Infantil de la
Universidad de Guadalajara showcases some of the best young folk dancers in the state.

Conjunto de Artes Escénicas, Sunday, July 15, 1 p.m. 220-350 pesos.

Chamber music

Eleven prestigious Formandi Festival international musicians join forces for a special concert featuring pieces by Shostakovich and Chopin, as well as other chamber music classics. Artists hail from Canada, Venezuela, Poland, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Mexico and Portugal.

Conjunto de Artes Escénicas, Thursday, July 19, 9 p.m. 150 pesos.


The Allegro! Gala International de Danza features Tapatio dancer Enrique Bejarano, who recently was awarded the Grand Prix of New York Prize.  Additionally, the production showcases dancers from the Washington Ballet.

Conjunto de Artes Escenicas, Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m. 250-450 pesos.

More circus arts

The Festival Periplo 2018 presents “Perhaps, Perhaps ... Quizás,” a tragic-comedic work featuring a female clown seeking the perfect man.

Conjunto de Artes Escénicas, Saturday, July 21, 8:30 p.m. 150-350 pesos.


The Ballet de Jalisco presents “La Fille mal gardée” (The Wayward Daughter), a comic ballet in two acts, inspired by Pierre-Antoine Baudouin’s 1789 painting, La réprimande/Une jeune fille querellée par sa mère.

August 12, 12:30 p.m. Teatro Degollado, Friday, August 10, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, August 11, 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 12, 12:30 p.m.  

Rock Pack: The Legends of Rock

A concert experience featuring the lead vocalists, past and present from bands such as Chicago (Bill Champlin), Journey (Kevin Chalfant), Boston (Fran Cosmo), Santana (Alex Lingergood) and Toto (Bobby Kimball). and more.

Teatro Diana, Wednesday, August 22, 9 p.m.

Marquis Hill Quartet

Award-winning trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Marquis Hill is a highly skilled jazz musician with a bent toward soulful post-bop. A native of Chicago, Hill won first place in both the 2012 International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Improvisation Competition and the 2013 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. He has performed with a wide array of artists including Benny Golson, Rodney Whitaker, Steve Turre, and others. He released his debut album, New Gospel, in 2011, followed by Sounds of the City in 2012. His third full-length album, The Poet, appeared in 2013. In 2014, Hill gained even further acclaim by winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute’s International Jazz Competition.

Conjunto de Artes Escénicas, Thursday, August 23, 9 p.m.

Traditional Mariachi Festival

As in past years, the 13th Encuentro Nacional del Mariachi Tradicional (Traditional Mariachi Festival) will precede the big annual mariachi bash, with performances scheduled at several city venues from August 18 to 24. Whereas the modern mariachi band with its mix of brass and strings, charro outfits and big, bold sound has come to represent Mexico and Jalisco in particular throughout the world, traditional mariachi musicians represent a style closer to son music, the form that gave birth to mariachi in the 19th century. They often wear much less ostentatious loose-fitting white peasant shirts, usually with black or white pants and huarache sandals. The big difference, though, is that they do not employ brass instruments, sticking with guitars and violins, guitars and harps, or some other mix of string instruments. 

Various venues in metro Guadalajara, August 13-19. Free.

GR RECOMMENDS: Slava’s Snow Show

Stunning show put on by legendary Russian clown Slava Polunin is a universal and timeless theatrical poetic spectacle which has unanimously enchanted and empowered the imagination of audiences and critics around the world since 1993. It is a genre of its own and remains as spontaneous and magical as the first day, systematically catapulting all adults back in childhood. This highly acclaimed visual tragi-comedy, this masterpiece of clowning has won the highest theatrical awards from London to New York, Australia to Mexico, Paris to Moscow – including the Laurence Olivier Award in England.

Teatro Diana, Wednesday, July 11, 8:30 p.m.,  Thursday , July 12, 8:30 p.m., Friday, July 13, 8:30 p.m.,  Saturday, July 14, 5 and 9 p.m., Sunday, July 15, 1 and 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, 6:30 and 10 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 and 10 p.m. 450-1,100 pesos.

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