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Entertainment Guide - April 17, 2015

Sleeping Beauty

After last year’s success, Joven Ballet de Jalisco, Guadalajara’s professional resident ballet company, will recreate its spectacular outdoor production of the classic fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky in the majestic central patio of the Cabañas Institute. 

Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19, 8:30 p.m.  100-300 pesos, available at Degollado box office or through Tickemaster. 

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra

The orchestra performs works by the three finalists in the Jalisco Orchestral Compositions Prize, along with Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird.” Miguel Salmon del Real (above) is the guest conductor. At 37, he is the youngest person to have been named director of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Michoacan.

Teatro Degollado, Friday, April 17, 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 19, 12:30 p.m. 110-200 pesos.

Tuesday recitals

The Degollado Theater opens its doors each Tuesday for the free classical music series Martes de Musica y Opera. No tickets are sold nor is there numbered seating. Just turn up before the performance and grab a seat. The quality is always high, and the theater will often fill up. 

April 21: Recital by Hugo Acosta (guitar) and Cuauhtemoc Garcia (flute) – pictured above – highlights the works of some lesser known composers, including Jaques Casterede, Roland Dyens, Agustin Barrios, Antonio Gomezanda, Apolonio Moreno.

April 28: Six-member Hortus Musicus performs arias and sonatas by Bach and Händel, as well as Henry Purcell, William Williams, Johann Jochim Quantz. They will also interpret the anonymous English folk song “Greensleves.”

Teatro Degollado, Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Free

Thursdays at the Palace

Instead of politicians arguing, see free recitals in the Guadalajara city hall’s council chamber. April 23: Guadalajara Municipal Choir. April 30: Symphony Band of the Universidad de Guadalajara.

Palacio Municipal de Guadalajara, Thursdays. Free.

Orquesta Sinfonica de Zapopan

Zapopan’s up-and-coming symphony orchestra, directed by former JPO maestro Guiilermo Salvador, presents another performance in the municipality’s fine city hall building. 

Presidencia Municipal de Zapopan, (Av. Hidalgo 151, Zapopan centro), Thursday, April 23, 8:30 p.m. Free.


The accomplished student performers from the Tec de Monterrey University are sure to give their all in a performance of the classic musical set in pre-World War II Berlin. 

Teatro Diana, Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24, 8:30 p.m. 130-300 pesos.

Helen Sung quartet

Acclaimed U.S. jazz pianist/singer and accompanying band  in concert, as part of a four-gig swing through central Mexico.

Teatro Vivian Blumenthal (Tomas V. Gomez 125), Thursday, April 23, 8:30 p.m.

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra 

Olivier Chauzu is the guest pianist, interpreting Vincent D’Indy’s Symphonie sur un Chant montagnard français op.25. Also Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloe.”  The concert features the Jalisco State Choir, directed by Sergio Hernandez.

Teatro Degollado, Friday, April 24, 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, 12:30 p.m. 110-200 pesos.

Joven Ballet 

To celebrate International Dance Day,  the Joven Ballet de Jalisco salutes Manhattan with “Who Cares?” set to George Gershwin’s best loved songs and choreographed by New York City Ballet’s founder, G. Balanchine.   Also, the company’s acclaimed “Scheherazade,” to Rimsky Korsakov’s dazzling music choreographed by award winning Canadian-based creator Mark Godden. 

Teatro Degollado, Saturday, April 25, 5 and 8 p.m. 50-200 pesos.

Live from the Met

Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Season finale from the New York Met sees opera’s most enduring tragic double bill return in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Alvarez (above) rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci.

Teatro Diana, Saturday, April 25, 11:30 a.m. 100-250 pesos.

Ensamble de Ballet Clásico de Zapopan

Presentation by the ballet troupe sponsored by the Zapopan municipal government.

Museo de Arte de Zapopan. (Andador 20 de Noviembre 166, Zapopan centro), Saturday, April 25, 4 p.m. Free

UdG Sinfonica

Concert by Symphony Orchestra of the University of Guadalajara Department of Music. 

Teatro Degollado, Thursday, April 30, 8 p.m. 50-120 pesos.

Swan Lake

The world’s first production of the ballet “Swan Lake” accompanied by 3D animated graphics is presented by the Talarium et Lux Theatre of Russian Ballet.

Teatro Diana, Tuesday, May 5, 8:30 p.m. 300-500 pesos. 

Joaquin Sabina

Acclaimed Spanish singer, songwriter and poet, now aged 66, swings through Guadalajara as part of his “500 noches para una crisis” tour.

Auditorio Wednesday, May 6, 9 p.m. 300-1,600 pesos.

Aakash Odedra Company

MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL  British modern dance group inspired by classical South Asian and contemporary dance.  The company will present “Inked, Murmur,” the personal narrative of the troupe’s founder, Aakash Odedra, whose dyslexia at a young age threatened the development of his talent for dance. 

Teatro Degollado, Friday, May 8 & Saturday, May 9, 8:30 p.m. 100-250 pesos.

Rock of Ages

A professional Mexico City production of the musical built around classic rock hits from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of the decade. The show ran for 2,328 performances until January of this year, becoming the 27th-longest running show in Broadway history.

Teatro Diana, Saturday, May 9, 7 and 9:45 p.m. 200-600 pesos. 

The Classic Buskers 

+ Neil Henry

MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL A witty and highly engaging classical music-versus-magic show for children (and adults) from the United Kingdom.

Teatro Degollado, Sunday, May 10, 6 p.m. The Classic Buskers + Neil Henry. 150 pesos.

Llŷr Williams

MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL Welsh pianist interprets works by  Beethoven, Wagner and Liszt.

Teatro Degollado, Wednesday. May 13, 8:30 p.m. 150 pesos. 

Michael Nyman Band

MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL Innovative British band plays contemporary classical music, minimalist music and film scores.

Teatro Degollado, Saturday, May 16, 8:30 p.m. 100-250 pesos.

Jose Jose

Veteran Mexican crooner Jose Jose comes to town.

Teatro Diana, Saturday, May 16, 9 p.m. 200-600 pesos. 

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra

MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL Opera gala with Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and acclaimed Mexican tenor Javier Camarena.

Teatro Degollado, Sunday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.  300-600 pesos.

Finzi Pasca

Italian acrobatic theatrical company formed in 2011 that develops artistic projects which broaden the “Theatre of the Caress” spectrum, a theatrical technique based on the invisible gesture and the state of lightness. In its Guadalajara debut, called La Verita, Finzi Pasca will offer a homage to surrealist painter Salvador Dali.

Teatro Diana, Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21, 9 p.m. 200-900 pesos. 

Air Supply

Australian soft rock duo celebrates 40th anniversary in the music business with a special anniversary concert in a city that has always made them feel welcome.

Auditorio Telmex, Wednesday, May 20, 9 p.m. 450-1,000 peso

Gecko Theater Company.

MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL A contemporary “physical dance” theater company from the United Kingdom presents “Missing,” described as an “exploration and reflection on the impact our early lives and memories have on us.”

Teatro Degollado, Wednesday, May 20 & Thursday, May 21, 8:30 p.m. 100-200 pesos. 

City of London Sinfonia

MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL Well-known British orchestra in concert.

Teatro Degollado, Friday, May 22, 8:30 p.m. 100-300 pesos.

Coming up at Auditorio Telmex

April 25: Pablo Alboran

May 2: Banda MS

May 6: Joaquin Sabina

May 7: Mago de Oz

May 8: OV7 & Kabah

May 10: Pandora

May 15: Rafael

May 16: Pepe Aguilar

May 20: Air Supply

May 22, 23: Miguel Bose

May 27: Violetta

May 30: Deep Purple

June 5, 6: Marco Antonio Solis

June 13: Bandafest

June 18: Ricky Martin

June 27: Backstreet Boys

August 7-9: Disney on Ice 

October 11: Andre Rieu

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