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New state orchestra season opens with ‘passion’ and ‘brilliance’

After its summer goings-on and short hiatus, the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (OFJ) has announced that its fall season begins Sunday, October 29.

pg6aAll concerts are set for the acoustically and visually pleasing Teatro Degollado in downtown Guadalajara. And all will be performed on the standard schedule, Thursdays, 8:30 p.m., and Sundays 12:30 p.m. — except for two whose schedule varies slightly: Program 1, set for only Sunday, October 29, 12:30 p.m., because it will be a repeat of the OFJ performance at the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato two days earlier; as well as Program 2, to hit the Degollado stage twice during daylight hours Sunday, November 5, presumably because it is lively and appeals to young people.

Program 1, fast approaching Sunday, October 29 only, 12:30 p.m., may be worth putting a firecracker under your buns, considering it will be the OFJ offering at the 51st Festival Internacional Cervantino, in Guanajuato, where orchestras showcase their best efforts. It features U.S. mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, praised by audiences for her passion, in Mahler’s “Die Rückert-Lieder,” five songs based on poems by Rückert. (The Sociedad Mahler Mexico has honored the OFJ as the best orchestra in the country.) The performance will be sandwiched between Mexican composer Blas Galindo’s “Homenaje a Cervantes” and the captivating Bruckner Symphony No. 7, sometimes ranked as one of the world’s greatest.

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