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Chapala’s Carnaval Calendar

Chapala’s Carnaval celebration blasts into action Friday, February 17 as crowds of revelers join in the traditional opening night dance parade along Avenida Madero to the new fairgrounds at the east end of Paseo Ramon Corona, starting around 7 p.m. Festivities continue there with the Entierro del Mal Humor, a symbolic burial of somber vibes, introduction of El Rey Feo, the Mardi Gras monarch, voting and coronation of the Carnaval Queen and a free concert by Banda El Pueblito. 

Chapala honors musician Mike Laure

During this year’s Mardi Gras celebration, Chapala will pay tribute to Mike Laure, the nationally acclaimed father of the Mexican cumbia, with guest artists performing a selection of the late musician’s hit songs at a free concert Sunday, February 26, 4 p.m., at the Carnaval nucleus.  

The Gryphon Trio and Patricia O’Callaghan: A musical collaboration to delight the senses

By Jim Cooper

Moonshine Ballads and other Charms, part of the Northern Lights Music Festival de Febrero, is an evening of music that will evoke open skies, dark tales and lazy afternoons; U.S. and Canadian traditional ballads, shaker hymns, songs by Randy Newman, Sarah Harmer, Charles Ives, Leonard Cohen, Laurie Anderson, and so much more. These are songs where nostalgia and hardship walk comfortably hand in hand, songs that find light in the darkness, that leave one feeling the vast and beating heart of Americana, Canadiana, and beyond.

Moonshine Ballads and other Charms is the third project The Gryphon Trio and Patricia O’Callaghan have collaborated on, and their concert in Ajijic will be the premiere performance of many of these songs. Last year they performed “Broken Hearts & Madmen,” which was released by the Analekta label in September 2011.  This album won a Juno award in Canada and has widened the audience of the Gryphon Trio who have long been regarded one of the world’s preeminent piano trios.  In September, CBC Music selected “Broken Hearts and Madmen” as “one of the 30 best Canadian classical recordings ever.”  

Celebrating their 21st anniversary in 2014, Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the media with their highly refined, dynamic  playing.  The AllMusic reviewer James Manheim commented: “It’s not easy in this eclectic age to juxtapose musical items that have never been in proximity before, but Canada’s Gryphon Trio and soprano Patricia O’Callaghan manage to do so on this recording, which proclaims itself unlike any previous chamber music album … What’s striking is how well the combination of rock-era English-language music and Latin song works.”   The WholeNote reviewer Dianne Wells described the arrangements on the album as “brilliant,” the Gryphon Trio’s playing as “superb and complex,” and O’Callaghan’s singing as “gorgeous” and her “expert facility with languages … remarkable.”

With the songs from their upcoming collaborative recording, the Trio and Callaghan will take listeners on a haunting and beautiful musical journey through the complexities of the creative spirit, blending classical music with popular songs from around the world.

With a different concert every day for two weeks it is sometimes hard to keep up with the Northern Lights Festival but immersion is also a totally exhilarating experience in itself.  Great arts festivals are few and far between.  We are lucky to have one of such a high professional level in this area.

Tickets are still available for all the concerts but they are no longer selling them at La Nueva Posada. They will be available for pickup at the box office at the Auditorio de la Ribera. Contact Maureen Welch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 108-1407.

Northern Lights Festival: The man behind the music

“Ever since I was a child, I had a dream of running my own music festival,” says Chris Wilshere, a professional violinist and the director of Ajijic’s annual Northern Lights Festival. “I was always keeping my eyes open for the perfect place. The moment I arrived in Ajijic, I realized I found that place –  a beautiful village where musicians would want to vacation.” 

Stellar cellist to headline Northern Lights Festival gala

Bursting with emotion, Dvořák’s String Serenade is one of his most popular works and Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major is, for good reason, a staple of the cello repertoire.  You can hear these two intimate works – originally written for small ensembles – brought to life by the full string section of the Northern Lights Festival Orchestra on Saturday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera in La Floresta.  

Acclaimed Canadian flutist back in town

After her stellar performance at the 2014 Northern Lights Festival, Susan Hoeppner has returned to thrill local audiences once again with her amazing talent.