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Ribera Arts Review - May 28, 2022

Leonard Cohen review

James Twyman performs Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah Musical at four concerts, May 27 and 28 and June 3 and 4, 7 p.m. at Namaste Village at Angel Flores 5 in Ajijic.

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Before the musical, the community will unveil a recently completed two-story Aztec mural. Canadian mantra musician Brenda McMorrow will be opening for Twyman and the performance is being sponsored by Unity Namaste of Ajijic, Lakeside’s new Unity Church. Tickets, 250 pesos, can be reserved at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Exhbition “Oasis”

The work of five local artists will be on exhibit, beginning with an opening Friday, May 27, 6 p.m., at the Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia, Avenida Madero 226, corner of Hidalgo, in Chapala.

Dance and mariachi

Ballet Folklorico Huitzillin, Ballet Folklorico Maya and Mariachi Nuevo Chapala perform Sunday, May 29, 7 p.m., at Centro Cultural Ajijic.

Americana

Charlie Higgins & Sunset Station, on tour from the U.S., play original tunes and covers by Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Grateful Dead, and more, Sunday, May 29, 3 p.m. at El Barco.

Jazz

Rezzonante gives a free concert at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala, Sunday, May 29, 12:30 p.m. The group consists of pianist Sofia Ramirez, singer Ari Loyola and sax player Eleazar Soto. Soto and Ramirez play again at La Cochera Cultural in Ajijic, Sunday, June 5, 7:30 p.m. tickets at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Lake Chapala Orchestra

The new, improved and dynamic 40-piece Lake Chapala Orchestra showcases its talents at concerts scheduled Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Riberas del Pilar. A program entitled “Symphonic Traditions” will be the first time the orchestra has presented a traditional orchestral concert—an overture, a concerto and a symphony.

Starting with the overture to the opera Der Freischutz (The Marksman), the program continues with its central work, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.4. Three soloists, Diego Miramontes, Juan Reyes and Susanne Bullock, will take center stage in this challenging piece. The final work will be Schumann’s Symphony No. 3.

“The Schumann symphony is one of the most uplifting, joyful and popular orchestral works from the 19th century,” says Reason. “It basically gives a musical portrayal of life on the Rhine River. Gorgeous melodies and a blazing finale!”

Preceding each piece, Reason will give background details on the music. Visual projections accompanying the music will provide a multi-media element to the concert.

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Hamlet

Brett Dean and Matthew Jocelyn’s “Hamlet” makes its North American debut at the Metropolitan­—one of the better adaptations of the tale of the melancholic Dane, adhering closely to the original story and setting Shakespeare’s actual language to an arresting, unnerving new score for our present moment.

When the old king dies, he isn’t immediately succeeded by his son, Hamlet (Allan Clayton). Queen Gertrude (Eve Gigliotti) quickly remarries the King’s brother, Claudius (Rod Gilfry), who becomes the new king. Hamlet is distraught, but when he is visited by the ghost of his father (John Relyea), he vows revenge, concocting an elaborate scheme to use a band of traveling players to provoke a murder confession from his uncle-father.

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