Hard on the heels of their enormously successful Broadway revue “Singing on a Star,” the Lake Chapala Chorale picks up their Christmas concert rehearsals where they left off. Scheduled for December 15, 16 and 17, this nostalgic show is fittingly called “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Under Cindy Paul’s direction, the Chorale is becoming known as the people’s choir of Lakeside.
If you sing, why not try out for a spot? Auditions for all voices will be held 2:30-3 p.m. every Friday through November 3, at the Little Chapel by the Lake on the highway across from Tio Corp. Keep an eye out for details on this fun group’s upcoming presentation.
The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) hosts a weekly film for members at the Sala, Thursdays 2 p.m.
October 19, the production from Finland and Russia, “The Cuckoo” (2002), will be featured. In 1944, an imprisoned Finnish soldier manages to get free. A Soviet Army captain escapes the secret police. A Lapp (Sami) woman gives shelter to them. They all speak different languages. The men are enemies, but for Anni, they are just men.
Centro Cultural Ajijic
Ajijic artist Antonio López Vega is scheduled to show a collection of his most recent paintings and sculptures in the exhibit titled “INTUICIÓN” opening Saturday, October 21, 6 p.m., at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, located on the north side of the plaza. One of the town’s accomplished Neill James Legacy artists, López Vega began painting as a child, continuing on his career path as a student and professor at San Miguel’s famed Instituto Allende. His works have been exhibited in fine arts galleries in the United States as well as cultural venues at lakeside and other parts of Mexico. He is recognized for giving back to the community as a mentor to local youngsters through various programs.
Opera bus trips
Viva La Musica hosts Saturday trips to HD live screenings of Live from the Met opera at the Teatro Diana in Guadalajara. Buses depart at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets, 450 pesos for members and 550 for non-members, are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.
October 14: “The Magic Flute” by Mozart with Golda Schultz as Pamina and Kathryn Lewek as Queen of the Night.
November 18: “The Exterminating Angel,” by British composer Thomas Ades, based on a famous surrealist movie, with Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar and Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile.
Old Train Station events
The Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala will hold three concerts this month.
Saturday, October 21,7 p.m., Juan Rosa presents his Tango Show. Musicians Charly Matrazzi, Francisco Gomes, Camila Rosa on the bandoneon and vocalist Oscar Saavedra will accompany dances of tango by Anita and Juan Rosa and Malambo by Gustavo Padilla. Tickets are 120 pesos.
Sunday, October 22, 4:30 p.m., a recital of Spanish and Mexican music is presented by tenor Fernando Lopez Hernandez, soprano Virginia Moro and pianist Marco Antonio Rodriguez. Tickets are 100 pesos.
Thursday, October 26, 7 p.m., classical guitarist Alfredo Sanchez performs a program of woks by Domenico Scarlatti, S.L. Weiss, Handel, Bach, Isaac Albéniz, Mauro Giuliani, John Williams, Piazzolla and Carlo Domeniconi. There is free entrance to this concert sponsored the University of Guadalajara as part of its third International Guitar Festival.
Los Cantantes del Lago’s perennially popular concert Showstoppers 15 will be held Sunday, October 22, 4 p.m. (cash bar at 3 p.m.) at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Riberas del Pilar.
This concert features members and friends of Los Cantantes performing solos, duets and small group numbers of Broadway and non-Broadway “showstoppers” with a bit of comedy, some drama and a lot of fun. The show features new and returning singers in all new songs. Emcee Barbara Pruitt will be on hand and the inimitable Maestro Timothy G. Ruff Welch will be accompanying the singers with style and wit.
Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at Mia’s Boutique, Diane Pearl, from any choir member or at www.loscantantesdellago.com.
Rehearsals for the Thrill the World Ajijic 2017 zombie dance fundraiser continue each Saturday, 1-3 p.m., and Wednesday, 5-7 p.m., at the Centro Cultural Ajijic through October 27. No zombie or dancing experience is necessary. This year, Tepehua Community Center and the School for Special Needs will be the recipients of the funds generated by this fun event.
Orchestra bus trips
Viva La Musica is sponsoring bus trips to Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra concerts at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara. Tickets (premium orchestra seats), 450 pesos (550 for non-members), are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.
Thursday, October 19: “Hungarian Impressions,” conducted by Marco Parisotto, features “Suite” by Kodaly, “Piano Concerto No.1” by Liszt, with Daniela Liebman on piano, “Hungarian Dances” by Brahms and “Mandarin Suite” by Bartok. The bus leaves at 4:30 p.m. with a stop at a good restaurant.
Thursday, October 26: Saint-Saens’ “Organ Symphony No. 3,” conducted by Marco Parisotto. The bus leaves at 4:30 p.m. with a stop at a good restaurant.
Sunday November 19: Gustav Mahler, “Resurrection Symphony,” conducted by Marco Parisotto, with soprano Nicole Heaston, contralto Cassandra Zoe Velasco, and the Zapopan Municipal Choir directed by Timothy Ruff Welch. The bus leaves at 3:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. concert. No dinner stop.
Sunday November 26: Operatic Gala directed by Marco Parisotto features pieces from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Bellini’s Norma, Puccini’s La Boheme and Turandot. Nicole Heaston, soprano, and Lorenzo Decaro, tenor, perform. Bus departs 10:30 am.
Director Liz White brings “My Old Lady” to the Naked Stage Theatre Friday to Sunday, October 27-29, 4 p.m.
The play by famed playwright Israel Horovitz focuses on Mathias, a nearing-60, down-on-his-luck New Yorker, who thinks his fortunes could be changing when, after the death of his estranged father, he learns he has inherited a vast Paris apartment that could be sold for a handsome sum. But, of course, there’s a catch: his apartment is already inhabited by Mathilde, a refined and feisty 90-something retiree, and Chloé, her beautiful but tart-tongued daughter ... and they have no intention of leaving!
Complications arise, confrontations occur, skeletons fall out of the closet – and, since this is, after all, a story set in France, a considerable amount of wine is imbibed. Horovitz has written more than 70 produced plays, which have been translated in more than 30 languages.
Feria Maestros del Arte
This lacquer chest by Guerrero artist Paola Rosendo is just one of the many crafts from 85 artists from around Mexico you can find at the 16th annual Feria Maestros del Arte, scheduled November 10-12 at the Club de Yates de Chapala. This year something new is offered at the fair: lectures and demonstrations by the artists at the “Story Behind the Art” tent. For more information about this popular fair, call 765-7485 or see mexicanartshow.com.