Fri. Feb. 15 – Gala Orchestra

Fri. Feb. 15 – Festival Series Gala Orchestra 7:30 pm Auditorio de la Ribera, Ajijic

With a triad, Bach lets off a festive opening volley. It could hardly be simpler. He could almost have pinched the catchy motif from his Italian colleague Vivaldi, who was seven years his senior and with whose music he was familiar with from the Weimar. The Concerto in E major has become one of the staples of violin repertoire and deserves to be paired with a violinist of incredible talent. We’re thrilled to have Grace Park return to perform this uplifting and breathtaking work for our audiences.


Following Bach’s E Major violin concerto will be a selection of operatic songs performed by our wonderful vocal team of tenor Andrew Fuchs, Soprano Amalia Avilan, Bass Alex Rosen and countertenor Daniel Moody. 


In the late 19th and 20th centuries, as orchestras got larger and larger and symphonies longer and longer, composers sometimes felt the need to go in the opposite direction. The string orchestra represented a welcome change from the full symphonic ensemble and inspired a revival of the classical serenade-divertimento tradition. That was the tradition the eighteen-year-old Josef Suk, Dvořák’s favorite student, and future son-in-law. In the second half of the program, the festival orchestra will stir you with Suk’s cheerful and romantic Serenade for Strings  

Tickets $600 pesos center $400 pesos sides