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What’s on city’s August cultural agenda

Harp & voice

Free spirit and Guadalajara native Luis Ku, a popular trova singer and harpist, celebrates his long musical career and presents his latest album, “Dejando Huella,” along with invited guest Paco Padilla.

Teatro Degollado, Sunday, August 13, 6 p.m. 120-250 pesos.  Tickets at box office or  Ticketmaster.

Band & choir at Degollado

Concert in honor of Fray Antonio Alcalde, Guadalajara’s greatest benefactor, featuring the Banda del Estado, the Jalisco State Choir and the “Hortus Musicus” ensemble.

Teatro Degollado, Thursday, August 17, 7 p.m. Free.

Folk dance gala

Ballet Folklórico Nuevo Jalisco, with 50 performers on stage, dances to live, traditional Mexican music, including jarabes, sones, danzas and huapangos. Enjoy the color and sounds from the states of Jalisco, Nayarit, Hidalgo, Michoacán and Veracruz.

Conjunto Santander de Artes Escénicas, Saturday, August 19, 8 p.m. 200-550 pesos.

Boy band is back

After a hiatus between 2014 and 2021, U.S. pop boy band Big Time Rush are back with their Can’t Get Enough Tour.

Auditorio Telmex, Monday, August 21, 7:30 p.m. 500-2,500 pesos.

Mariachi galas

The major money spinning events of the International Mariachi Festival are the galas at the Teatro Degollado, which are guaranteed to be lively and emotional interludes. The shows feature the country’s top exponents of the mariachi genre, along with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra.  A new angle this year sees each show having an individual theme, paying homage to a famous (living or deceased)artist, group of artists or musical style.

Wednesday, August 23 (honoring Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Lola Beltran and Lucha Villa); Thursday, August 24 (Vicente and Alejandro Fernandez); Friday, August 25 (Marco Antonio Solis, Ana Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Jose Jose and Rocio Durcal); Saturday, August 26 (Juan Gabriel); Thursday, August 31 (Musica Española); and Friday, September 1 (Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, Pedro Vargas, Cuco Sanchez, Javier Solis and Miguel Aceves Mejia).

Teatro Degollado, all performances at 8 p.m.  1,140-3,400 pesos

The Mariachi Internacional de Gamaliel Contreras Huertas, with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring soloist singer Cristian Nodal.

Auditorio Telmex, Wednesday, August 30, 9 p.m. 600-3,000 pesos

Chamber music

The Orquesta de Cámara Higinio Ruvalcaba presents a program featuring compositions by Frederick the Great, Antonio Vivaldi and Edward Elgar. Soloists will be the accomplished guitar duo of Sergio Medina and Hugo Ernesto Gracián, who will interpret Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Guitars in G major, RV 532.

Conjunto Santander de Artes Escénicas, Saturday, August 26, 7:30 p.m. 80-120 pesos.

Guitar recital

Guitarist and composer Laura Rebolloso in concert. In 1992, she founded Son de Madera, a group dedicated to the dissemination of the son jarocho genre in Mexico and around the world. In 2016, Cirque du Soleil included her piece “La Lucha” in its production “Luzia.”

Conjunto Santander de Artes Escénicas, Thursday, August 31, 8:30 p.m. 300 pesos.

Honoring Antonio Alcalde

Theatrical show featuring more than 60 performers based on the life and work of benefactor Friar Antonio Alcalde, in collaboration with the International Mariachi Festival. Top-of-the-line mariachi band Los Camperos will be joined by the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Zapopan in a show that features high-tech videomapping projections.

Conjunto Santander de Artes Escénicas, Saturday, September 2, 8:30 p.m. 700-1,900 pesos.

Jazz singer

U.S. jazz vocalist Thana Alexa will be the next performer to visit Guadalajara in the ongoing New York Jazz All Stars series. Her 2020 album ONA garnered two Grammy nominations, including Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo. Jazz fans should check out her impressive improvisations on YouTube!

Conjunto Santander de Artes Escénicas, Thursday, September 7, 9 p.m. 300-480 pesos.

The Four Seasons

The Orquesta Solistas de América, comprised of nine talented string musicians,  perform The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.

Conjunto Santander de Artes Escénicas, Saturday, September 9, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 10, 5 p.m. 200-450 pesos.

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