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State orchestra looks to future as admin reshuffled

Fresh from three limited-seating, open-air concerts within the walls of Guadalajara’s iconic and sprawling Instituto Cultural Cabañas, the Covid-stymied, 88-member Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (OFJ) seems poised to reclaim its renowned, acoustically excellent home venue, Teatro Degollado, for more than just practices, online concerts and photo ops.

pg3a“Our concerts in the Cabañas Museum are finished, but we are preparing our new season and invite you to pay attention to social media to learn all the details,” OFJ management stated in classic Covid-era style. To a direct question as to whether the orchestra is about to resume Degollado concerts, OFJ Artistic Manager Jose Isidoro Ramos Manzano was only slightly more illuminating: “That’s what we are hoping.” 

Meanwhile, top management has been calibrated in response to allegations of dubious financial moves that have spurred audits, criticism about lack of transparency and even a criminal complaint of corruption, according to the Spanish-language newspaper Mural. 

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