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December performing arts in Guadalajara

The Snow Maiden

The Ballet de Camara de Jalisco presents  the ballet “La Princesa de la Nieve” based on the legend of Snegurochka or The Snow Maiden, a character in Russian fairy tales, with music by Tchaikovsky. Teatro Diana, Sunday, December 4, 6 p.m.

Opera Live from the Met

Renée Fleming makes her highly anticipated return to the Met in the world-premiere production of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts’s The Hours, adapted from Michael Cunningham’s acclaimed novel. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and made a household name by the Oscar-winning 2002 film version starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, the powerful story follows three women from different eras who each grapple with their inner demons and their roles in society. Transmitted live from the New York Met at the Conjunto de Artes Escenicas Santander, Saturday, December 10, 10:55 a.m. Tickets 160-300 pesos at conjuntosantander.com or theater box office.

State Orchestra

The Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra brings down the curtain on its winter season with concerts featuring works by Brahms and Beethoven, conducted by musical director Jose Luis Castillo, with pianist Jorge Federico Osorio as the invited soloist. On the program are Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58. Thursday, December 8, 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, 12:30 p.m.  Tickets 100-250 pesos fro Ticketmaster and the theater box office.    

Rock Festival

A free, eight-hour rock festival sponsored by the municipal government is planned for the Guadalajara city center on Sunday, December 11. While the majority of the acts will cater to a younger audience, organizers say an ensemble from the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and a mariachi band all also be appearing during the event. Among local and national bands booked to perform are Genitallica, UMO, Sonido Satanás, Colores Santos, Jah Fabio, Virrey, La Vida Mía and Pachuco Sax. The festival runs from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Nutcracker

The Ballet de Jalisco returns to the stage of the Teatro Degollado for another special presentation of the seasonal favorite, “The Nutcracker.” There are five performances on Friday, December 16, 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 17, 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, December 18, 12:30 and 6 p.m. Tickets cost for 240 to 560 pesos, and are available from Ticketmaster or at the theater box office.  The government sponsored Ballet de Jalisco is the only professional ballet troupe in the state.

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