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Modern dance

Memorias del Viento (Memories of the Wind) is a contemporary choreography production that seeks to blur the distinct lines between movement and sound. 

Teatro Experimental de Jalisco (Calzada Independencia Sur, at entrance to Agua Azul Park), Fridays, September 18, 25, 8:30 p.m. 100 pesos.

UdG folk dance

The renowned Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad de Guadalajara continues its summer/fall season. This troupe’s repertoire takes in dances from the states of Veracruz, Michoacan, Guerrero and, of course, Jalisco, with its breathtaking “La Negra,” “La Culebra” and “Jarabe Tapatio” finales. 

Teatro Degollado, Sundays, September 20; October 4, 11, 6 p.m. 80-350 pesos.

The Ballet Joven


This state’s only professional dance troupe presents “Easy Winners,” featuring choreography to the music of Scott Joplin, Edith Piaf and other  greats. Well worth a view!

Teatro Degollado, Friday, September 25, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 26, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 27, 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday opera

The free classical music series Martes de Musica y Opera will move house during September from the Degollado Theater to the Teatro Alarife Martin Casillas. The concept remains the same: no tickets are sold nor is there numbered seating. Just turn up before the performance and grab a seat. The quality is always exceptional, and the theater will often fill up. September 22: Four female sopranos and mezzo-sopranos team up for “Canto entre mujeres” – Celia Gómez Bernal, Carmen García Chavarín, Lila Gutiérrez Martínez and Margarita Botello Flores.  The program includes an eclectic mix of classical and popular pieces, such as Bernstien’s  “America,” Lloyd-Weber’s “Memory,” Greever’s “Alma Mia,” and Loewe’s “I Could Have Danced All Night.” September 29:  the Orquesta Típica de Guadalajara directed by Ramón Becerra interprets polkas and waltzes, including Strauss’ “The Blue Danube.” 

Teatro Alarife Martin Casillas, Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Free

More folk dance

Guadalajara city hall’s Ballet Folclorico Guadalajara continues its summer series. The theme of their season is “Cielito Lindo.”

Teatro Degollado, Thursdays, September 17; October 1 and 15, 8 p.m. 80-200 pesos.

Free Thursday dance

Free dance presentations by accomplished groups are held each Thursday.  Being a patriotic month, September is given over to folk dance. September 17: Ballet Folklórico Meztli. September 24: Ballet Folclórico Real de Jalisco.

Teatro Alarife Martin Casillas, Thursdays, 8 p.m. Free.

Thursdays at the Palace

Instead of politicians arguing, enjoy free recitals in Guadalaajara city hall’s council chamber. 

Palacio Municipal de Guadalajara (next to Guadalajara Cathedral), Thursdays, 8 p.m. Free.

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra

Guest conductor Arturo Rodriguez directs the JPO as it plays Hollywood movie hits. 

Teatro Degollado, Friday, September 18, 8:30 p.m. and Sunday September 20, 12:30 p.m. 

Playa Limbo

Concert by pop-jazz group from Guadalajara that has been around for almost ten years and achieved a fair amount of fame throughout this country and abroad.

Teatro Diana, Friday, September 18, 9 p.m. 300-750 pesos.

The Ten Pianos

An original show more than seven years old featuring music, poetry, dance and, you guessed it, ten pianos.  

Teatro Galerias, Wednesday, September 23, 7 and 9:30 p.m. 250-750 pesos.

Russian Ballet

Russian State Ballet Mari El presents “Carmen” and Ravel’s “Bolero.”  Formed 45 years ago, the troupe is part of Opera and Ballet Sapaev, one of the oldest and most important theaters in Russia. Its young cast exudes professionalism, impeccable technique and high artistic level.  Frequently invited to Mexico, Mari El has been nominated three times for the prestigious Lunas del Auditorio award for the best live ballet performance.

Teatro Diana, Thursday, September 24, 8:30 p.m. 250-450 pesos.

Violin, paino recital

In the University of Guadalajara’s elegant Paraninfo (former rectory), the Orquesta Higinio Ruvalcaba, directed by Konstantin Zumbilov, and invited Russian soloists – Arthur Kaganowksky (violin), Eszter Svilvester (viola) and Alla Millchtein (piano) – interpret baroque music, both European and Mexican.  

UdG Paraninfo (Juarez 975), Thursday, September 24, 8:30 p.m. 150 pesos.

Classic Rock

The third Festival of Classic Rock features Manuel Orozco Rock, La Revolución de Emiliano Zapata and The Rockets (a Beatles tribute band).

Teatro Diana,  Friday, September 25, 8:30 p.m. 250-450 pesos.

Guitar Orchestra

The recently formed Orquesta de Guitarras de Zapopan , directed by David Mozqueda, performs at this intimate venue.

Centro Cultural El Pocito (Pocito 91, Colonia Chapalita), Saturday, September 26, 8 p.m. Free.

Julio Iglesias

Spanish crooner now in his 72nd year is still treading the boards and belting out romantic songs in his sweet voice.

Auditorio Telmex, Saturday, September 26, 9 p.m. 450-2,850 pesos.

Diego Urcola Quintet  

The Diego Urcola Quintet  will feature in the next concert in the excellent Jazz at Lincoln Center series sponsored by the University of Guadalajara.  Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, three‑time Grammy nominee Diego Urcola has been a member of the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet since 1991.  Additionally, the oft‑in‑demand trumpeter performs regularly with the legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath, the Caribbean Jazz Project and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All‑Star Big Band.

Teatro Vivian Blumenthal (Tomas V. Gomez 125), Thursday, October 1, 9 p.m. 250 pesos.

Joan Manuel Serrat

Legendary Spanish folk singer/songwriter in concert.

Auditorio Telmex, Wednesday, October 7, 8:30 p.m.

Andre Riu

Dutch violinist and conductor best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra. Together they have turned classical and waltz music into a worldwide concert touring act, as successful as some of the biggest global pop and rock music acts.

Auditorio Telmex, Saturday, October 10, 9 p.m. and Sunday, October 11, 8 p.m. 350-1,850 pesos.

Liaoning Ballet of China

China’s only northern ballet presents “Spartacus,” a ballet by Aram Khachaturian thatk follows the exploits of the leader of the slave uprising against the Romans known as the Third Servile War.

Auditorio Telmex, Saturday, October 17, 8:30 p.m.

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