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State orchestra season promises sizzle and regional roots

Coming off the Festival Cultural de Mayo and breaking into its second season of the year, the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (OFJ) is poised to continue trends it has established in recent years, especially a focus on close-to-home talent.

pg6aA highlight will be celebrating this state’s 200th anniversary with OFJ’s beloved former director Guillermo Salvador back to guest conduct the season’s fourth and (almost) completely Jalisciense program on Thursday, June 22, 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 25, 12:30 p.m.

Of course, this local and regional emphasis (a healthy indication that symphonic music has come of age here and elsewhere in Latin America) hardly means that no European music will be presented this season. Even in the above mentioned Jalisco-focused festival concert, the finale will be “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (1897) by French composer Paul Dukas—dubbed an “honorary Jalisciense’ because he was a teacher of Jose Rolon. 

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