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Entertainment Guide - January 16, 2016

Les Pêcheurs dPerles 

The season of New York Met live simulcasts starts the new year with “The Pearl Fishers,” Bizet’s opera of lust and longing set in the Far East.

The opera returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint.”

Teatro Diana,  Saturday, January 16, 11:55 a.m. 100-250 pesos.


Free, mostly classical, recitals are held in the council chamber of Guadalajara city hall each Thursday. Everyone welcome.

Presidencia Municipal de Guadalajara, Thursdays, 8 p.m. Free.

Organ Festival

The Domingo Lobato Association has organized an organ festival at various Guadalajara churches, featuring some of Mexico’s most accomplished organists. Monday, January 18, 8 p.m. Hector Manuel Salcedo Becerra at the Metropolitan Cathedral (city center). Wednesday, January 20, 8:30 p.m. Jesus Salcedo at the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Juan Alvarez 527). Wednesday, January 27, 8:30 p.m. Hector Manuel Salcedo Becerra at the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Tuesday, February 2, 8:30 p.m. Clemente Quezada Melgarejo at the Templo Expiatorio (Lopez Cotilla 935). Tuesday, February 9, 8:30 p.m. Francisco Javier Hernandez Vasquez at the Templo Expiatorio. All presentations are free of charge.


The Compañía de Danza Pilar Villasante presents “La Vida Breve,” a choreographed adaptation featuring flamenco dance from the famed opera by Manuel de Falla. 

Casa de la Cultura Jalisciense (Constituyentes 21, between Calzada Independencia and 16 de Septiembre), Fridays, January 22 and 29, and February 5 and 12, 8 p.m. 100 pesos

Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil

The Guadalajara Youth Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Guadalajara) celebrates its tenth anniversary with a gala concert at the regal Degollado Theater.  Works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Revueltas will be included in the program. Current director Juan Tucan Franco has been at the helm of the orchestra since 2009, and has worked previously as director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Nayarit, as well as an invited conductor with musical groups throughout Mexico and Latin America. 

Teatro Degollado, Monday, January 25, 8:30 p.m. 

Disney Live

All one’s favorite Disney characters live, on stage in this musical spectacular.

Teatro Diana, Wednesday, January 27, 6 p.m.; Thursday, January 28, 4, 7 p.m.; Friday, January, 29, 4, 7 p.m.; Saturday, January 30, 10:30 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, January 31, noon, 3, 6 p.m. 200-675 pesos.

Jazz Trio

The first Alternative Wednesday concert of 2015 features “Below,” a trio comprising Alfonso Arreola (LabA, A+C, Monocordio), Michael Manring (a disciple of Jaco Pastorius) and Trey Gunn (ex King Crimson, David Sylvian, Security Project). The three acclaimed guitarists and friends will combine for an evening of jazz, progressive rock and improvisation. 

Teatro Vivian Blumenthal (Tomas V. Gomez 125), Wednesday, January 27, 8:30 p.m. 

Alejandro Sanz

Spanish pop star in concert.

Auditorio Telmex, Thursday, February 4 and Friday, February 5, 9 p.m. 

Live from the Met

The New York Met live simulcasts continue with Puccini’s “Turandot.” Sopranos Christine Goerke, Lise Lindstrom and Nina Stemme take turns in the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand. Tenors Marcelo Álvarez and Marco Berti are Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her love. The production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

Teatro Diana,  Saturday, February 6, 11:55 a.m. 100-250 pesos.

Il Divo

Hugely popular multinational classical crossover vocal quartet formed in 2003. Comprised of four male singers: Swiss Urs Buhler, Spaniard Carlos Marin, American David Miller, and Frenchman Sébastien Izambard.

Auditorio Telmex, Wednesday, March 2, 9 p.m.  350-1,500 pesos.


GR RECOMMENDS: Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra

The Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) returns to the stage of the Teatro Degollado on Thursday, January 21 for the first of three belated “end of/beginning of year” concerts that showcase the majestic musical heritage of Austria.  

JPO Musical Director Marco Parisotto takes the baton for a series that will serve as a prelude to the orchestra’s first season of 2016, running from January 29 through April 24 (see story page 12). 

“To the Rhythm of Vienna” features waltzes and other pieces by the Strauss brothers (Johann and Eduard), Fritz Kreisler and Maurice Ravel. Rather then bringing in invited musicians, nine members of the orchestra’s violin section will perform solos during the concert. The program consists of 16 pieces:

-Johann Strauss Jr.: Overture from Die Fledermaus (The Bat); Im Krapfenwaldl Polka Franc Op. 336; “Unter Donner Und Blitz” Polka Schnell op. 324; “Wiener Blut” Walzer Op.354; The Blue Danube; Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214.

-Fritz Kreisler: Liebesfreud; Liebesleid. La Gitana; Chinese Tambourin; Caprice “La Chasse”; Miniature Viennese March; Schön Rosmarin.

-Eduard Strauss: Bahn frei!, Polka schnell op. 45, Prelude and allegro “In the style of Pugnani.”

-Maurice Ravel, La Valse. 

The JPO violin soloists are Cecilia Gomez, Greimer Parra, Dezsö Salasovics, David Bordoli, Ivan Perez, Alvaro Larez, Dmitri Pylenkov, Brandon Sulbaran and Franklin Bolivar. 

Teatro Degollado, Thursday, January 21, 8:30 p.m.; Friday, January 22, 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 24, 12:30 p.m.  150-300 pesos.

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