If you’re one of the many expats living in Ajijic, there’s a lot of reasons to be thankful as February approaches. Of course, seeing all your friends up North post screen shots of the temperature outside is one obvious reason to be thankful.
If you’re culturally minded, though, a very close second has to be the Northern Lights Festival de Febrero. Now entering its 16th season, the international classical and jazz music festival has become an integral part of the village’s history and is regarded as the centerpiece of musical culture here at Lakeside.
Every February, Ajijic welcomes about 30 world-class musicians from around the globe to participate in the festival’s two weeks of daily concerts. Some of them are seasoned musicians with tenured professorships at some of the world’s finest universities and conservatories, and others are young hot talents that are raising the artistic bar for their entire generation.
It’s hard to argue that it’s an exaggeration to call these musicians “world class” when you have soloists in attendance such as violinist Julian Rachlin, who just finished recording Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Boris Kuschnir and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, or the young fiery pianist David Fung, who’s been called “stylish and articulate” with “superstar qualities” by the New York Times. Or how about virtuoso accordionist Alexander Sebastian, considered one of the top accordion players in the world, having won every major international accordion competition around the globe.