Music – Lake Chapala & Guadalajara
There is no shortage of opportunities to enjoy local and world-class music in the Ajijic-Lake Chapala area, as well as in nearby Guadalajara.
Auditorio de la Ribera
The newly-renovated auditorium located in the La Floresta area of Ajijic is home to a wide variety of musical presentations throughout the year.
Just in the past year we have been treated to a classical chamber orchestra, a full symphony, opera, a fabulous group of Mariachi, Mexican Folklorico Ballet, Jazz and Flamenco, as well as a children’s choir.
Music Appreciation Society, A.C.
MAS Ajijic is a not-for-profit organization that promotes music and dance, with emphasis on classical, in the Lake Chapala area, and stages six highly professional concerts each year in the Auditorio de la Ribera. MAS provides opportunities for Mexican students to attend their concerts with the goal of enriching their learning experience.
Several local venues, including El Bar-Co, Adelita’s, Iron Horse Saloon & Garage, and The Cave Bar offer live music and dancing. Click on the logo to be taken to their web site or Facebook page.
Northern Lights Festival de Febrero
For the past 15 years we have been delighted by a group of very talented young musicians, who visit us for 2 weeks in February.
The first Festival was held in 2003 and was greeted with rave reviews and sold out theatres. Since then it has become the most anticipated cultural event in the Lake Chapala area and has garnered a reputation for excellence in Guadalajara.
They also support the development of young, upcoming Mexican musicians by offering private instruction, public master-classes and by providing scholarships for students to continue their musical studies.
Nearby Guadalajara features many world-class theaters and concert venues. A sampling of recent performances includes Bob Dylan, Cirque du Soleil, Julio Iglesias, the BBC Concert Orchestra, San Petersburg Ballet, KC & the Sunshine Band, and many more.
Each September Guadalajara is also the host city of the International Mariachi Festival. There are nightly concerts at the magnificent Degollado Theater, and tens of thousands line the streets for the impressive Mariachi parade.
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