The acclaimed Ballet Folclórico de la Universidad de Guadalajara returns to the stage for a short summer season.
First-timers to Mexico should not miss the opportunity to witness the color, folklore and passion of these shows, which pay homage to the multitude of dances, music and costumes found throughout the republic. Take a journey from pre-Hispanic times, through various states, including Michoacan and Veracruz, to the epic and emotive Jalisco finale.
Conjunto Santander de Artes Escencias, Sundays, June 30, July 7, 14 and 21, noon. 220-400 pesos.
Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra
Jesus Medina conducts an innovative program titled Cuarteto Latinoamericano (Latin American Quartet) in the world premier of “Corazon Azul” (Blue Heart) by prominent Latin American composer Juan Pablo Contreras, born in Guadalajara; Spanish-Cuban-American composer Julián Orbón de Soto’s “Concerto grosso para cuarteto de cuerdas y orquesta” (Big concerto for string quartet and orchestra); Samuel Zyman’s “Ríos y vertientes;” and Argentine classical composer Alberto Ginastera’s “Danzas del ballet Estancia” (Dances from the Ballet Estancia).
Teatro Degollado, Sunday, June 30, 12:30 p.m. 90-250 pesos.
Tapatia singer Jaramar teams up with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano for a gala concert presenting songs from their 2015 collaborative album “El Hilo Invisible,” which won the Latin Grammy for Best Classical Album.
Teatro Degollado, Sunday, June 30, 8 p.m. 120 pesos.
Talented musicians of different genres showcased each Monday. July 1: Mezzosoprano Aldonza Marí is joined by the Compañía Circo Dragón for a musical/circus arts combo. July 8: Nu Trio jazz group. July 22: Four hands piano recital with Rosalinda Preciado y Guillermo Salvador.
Palcco, Mondays, 8:30 p.m. 100-150 pesos.
Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra
Guest conductor Juan Carlos Lomónaco (Yucatan) directs the OFJ and pianist Santiago Lomelín in Chopin’s “Piano concerto No. 2 in F minor;” also on tap are 19th century Austrian operatic composer Franz von Suppé’s overture to the operetta “Poeta y Campesino” (Poet and Peasant); and Schubert’s majestic “Sinfonía No. 9, La grande” (Symphony No. 9, The Great), praised for its “heavenly length.”
Teatro Degollado, Thursday, July 4, 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 7, 12:30 p.m. 90-250 pesos.
Talented and up-and-coming Russian/Mexican pianist Vladimir Petrov performs works by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Beethoven and Schubert.
Palcco, Friday, July 5, 8:30 p.m. 250-300 pesos.
The Ballet Folclórico Infantil de la Universidad de Guadalajara comprises the stars of tomorrow who will go on to form the adult troupe in years to come. You will be amazed at the professionalism these youngsters display.
Conjunto Santander de las Artes, Sunday, July 7, 6 p.m. 220-400 pesos.
The 7th Festival of Clasic Rock features four cover bands: Strange Days (The Doors), Black Dog (Led Zeppelin), The Rockets (The Beatles), Refresco Mono (Soda Stereo).
Teatro Diana, Sunday, July 7, 6 p.m. 250-600 pesos.
Celebrated Chinese pianist Yin Zheng has won prizes in competitions all over the world and has performed on many famous stages, including Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall. In this gala concert, part of the 4th National Piano Competition, sponsored by the Universidad de Guadalajara, she will perform pieces by Brahms, Prokofiev, Debussy and Beethoven.
Conjunto Santander de Artes Escencias, Tuesday, July 9, 8:30 p.m. 50-150 pesos.
Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra
Jesus Medina directs the OFJ and German-Canadian-American trumpet soloist and UCLA professor Jens Lindemann (above) in what may be Haydn’s most popular concerto, “Concierto para trompeta y orquesta en mi bemol mayor” (Trumpet concerto in E-flat major). Also scheduled are Mozart’s “Sinfonía Núm. 35, Haffner” (Symphony No. 35 – the Haffner Symphony), which began as a serenade for a nobleman; along with Aaron Copland’s one-movement symphony, “El Salon Mexico,” and Scottish-Canadian composer Allan Gilliland’s 2003 jazz concerto for clarinet and orchestra, “Dreaming of the Masters.”
Teatro Degollado, Thursday, July 11, 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 14, 12:30 p.m. 90-250 pesos.
Gipsy Kings by André Reyes
Revamped group features one of the original sibling founders of the south of France band that captured the world’s imagination half a century ago. Expect to hear some of the group’s signature songs, such as “Bamboleo” and “Djobi Djoba.”
Auditorio Telmex, Friday, July 12, 9 p.m. 380-1,680 pesos.
Orchestra of the Americas
The Orchestra of the Americas (Orquesta de las Américas) is a pan-American symphony of top musicians, ages 18 to 30, representing 25-plus countries in the Western Hemisphere. The orchestra’s mission is to empower rising musical leaders to transform lives across the Americas and beyond. With more than 5,000 musicians entering the audition process each year, the 80-member ensemble ranks among the most competitive music platforms in the world.
Conjunto Santander de Artes Escencias, Friday, July 19, 8:30 p.m. 180-350 pesos.
Local ballet star Isaac Hernandez brings some of the world’s most talented dancers to the city.
Auditorio Telmex, Saturday, July 20, 8:30 p.m. 450-2,500 pesos.
The International Contemporary Dance Gala features well-known foreign and national dance companies, including the Hamburg Dance Company, FDR Dance (Rotterdam) and Contempodanza (Mexico City).
Palcco, Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 28, 12:30 p.m. 200-500 pesos.
Brazilian crooner, who sings primarily in English, presents romantic songs, including ”From Russia With Love,” “Just the Way You Are,” “La Vie En Rose,” “More Than I Can Bear” and others.
Teatro Diana, Friday, August 9, 9 p.m. 400-1,600 pesos.
U.S. violinist, singer and songwriter who presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her eponymous YouTube channel, which she created in 2007. Stirling performs a variety of music styles, from classical to pop and rock to electronic dance music. Aside from original work, her discography contains covers of songs by other musicians and various sound tracks.
Teatro Diana, Monday, August 12, 9 p.m. 680-1,500 pesos.
Popular Mexican folk singer performs his greatest hits in a concert marking 20 years since a landmark gig in the Parque Naucalli in Mexico City, which was later remastered into two albums.
Teatro Diana, Saturday, August 17, 8 p.m. 400-800 pesos.
The 50th anniversary tour of famed English rock band, known primarily for their acclaimed debut album “In the Court of the Crimson King,” which fused elements of jazz, classical and experimental music.
Teatro Diana, Monday, August 26, 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, August 27, 8:30 p.m. 480-1,980 pesos.
Jerome Jennings Quartet
The Jazz At Lincoln Center series continues with a performance by a quartet led by drummer Jerome Jennings who has played every major jazz club in New York City from The Village Vanguard, Birdland and The BlueNote, to Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Internationally he’s performed in over 45 countries. In the fall of 2017, Jennings accepted the position as resident director of The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.
Conjunto Santander de las Artes, Thursday, September 26, 9 p.m. 250-400 pesos.
GR RECOMMENDS: Jazz at Conjunto
Paul Nedzela has become one of today’s top baritone saxophone players. He has played with many renowned artists and ensembles, and studied with some of the foremost baritone saxophonists in the world, including Joe Temperley, Gary Smulyan, and Roger Rosenberg. Nedzela graduated with honors from McGill University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics in 2006. A recipient of the Samuel L. Jackson Scholarship Award, he continued his musical studies at Juilliard and graduated with a Master of Music degree in 2008. Nadzela contributed to Ted Nash’s ”The Presidential Suite” album, which won a Grammy for the best Large Jazz Ensamble in 2017.
Conjunto Santander de las Artes, Thursday, July 18, 9 p.m. 250-400 pesos.