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Laguna Chapalac - May 21, 2022


We apologise to Jacinto Preciado for incorrectly naming him “Javier” in a photo caption in last week’s Happenings.

Open Circle


Virtuosi Guadalajara will perform a concert of works by Dimitri Shostakovich and Samuel Barber at the Lake Chapala Society Sunday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.

In about three months, Ajijic will be teeming with some 60 young violinists, cellists, pianists and violists from all over the world who will participate in the intensive two-week “Festival del Lago” workshop, to study closely with a highly skilled and experienced faculty.

A group of young talented Mexican students, 15 to 24 years old, who have been attending the festival since its inception, have formed an ensemble called Virtuosi Guadalajara. This conductor-less string orchestra consists of 16 violinists, violists and cellists,  led and coached by Christopher Wilshere, who is also their private musical instructor and the artistic director of Festival del Lago.

For Open Circle, the ensemble will perform two iconic works: arguably Shostakovich’s greatest and most terrifying composition, the famous “String Quartet #8” arranged for string orchestra, along with Samuel Barber’s beautiful “Adagio for Strings,” which grew in notoriety after it was used in the movie “Platoon.” Not only will the ensemble perform and discuss these works, but they will also pull back the curtain and illustrate the process and rehearsal techniques that they have developed.

Ajijic chess tournament

pg12cThe HuaraChess club in Ajijic is holding its third annual Maestros del Lago Allan MacGregor Chess Tournament Sunday, May 29, noon to 6 p.m., at the Lake Chapala Society. The tournament will be divided among five age groups, where everyone gets to play five games.

Participation fee is 200 pesos payable the day of the event. Deadline to enter is Friday, May 27, 6 p.m.

See competition rules and how to register at: bit.ly/allanmacgregor2022 or contact Roberto Serrano, 331-428-4180 or 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.. 

Memorial Day

Honoring all who served in the armed services, American Legion Post 7 holds a Memorial Day dinner, Monday, May 30.

Enjoy roast pig, corn on the cob, baked potato, coleslaw, and root beer floats, while listening to The Crooners.

Social time: 2 p.m.; dinner at 3 p.m.

Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at the Legion.

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