Music and dance performances top my list of fun stuff to do this week when visiting Mérida. Folk, Big Band, classical, and opera music will all be heard streaming from concert halls and public spaces nightly.
Monday, March 28, 9:00 pm: Fernando Delgadillo – in Concert. What? You’ve never heard of Mexican singer Fernando Delgadillo? Ok…I hadn’t either until I saw that he was coming to Mérida. Delgadillo is the creator and major interpreter of the Mexican music style called “Informal Song,” which, to me, sounds like ‘60s folk music. Here’s a video of him singing. If you can’t make it to the concert, don’t worry: you can buy the special limited edition collection, 25 Years, which includes 13 CDs, T-shirt, and certificate of authenticity personally autographed by Delgadillo. For Further Information: Teatro Armando Manzanero; www.fdelgadillo.com.mx; firstname.lastname@example.org; +52 (999) 900-6890
Tuesday, March 29, 8:30 pm: Remembranzas Musicales. Each evening, the City of Mérida sponsors free music and dance events in different parks in the Historic Center. Remembranzas Musicales, or Musical Remembrances, takes place every Tuesday in Parque de Santiago on Calle 72 at 59. A great crowd fills the square, dancing to the Big Band sounds of the Jarana Orchestra. Take a break from dancing and enjoy coffee and dessert at Restaurante Flor de Santiago. Cost: Free
Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 7:00 pm: Swan Lake, the National Ballet of Cuba. For a ballet “bunhead” like me, it doesn’t get any better than this: Alicia Alonzo’s National Ballet of Cuba dancing the full-length classic, Swan Lake in a FREE performance. The 62-member company will perform on a temporary stage in front of the Monument of the Flag on Paseo de Montejo – now, that’s a backdrop! Get there early – I’m not the only balletomane in Mérida. The company will also perform in Chetumal, Cozumel, Villahermosa, and Cancun on its southeastern Mexico tour. Cost: Free
Saturday, April 2, 12:00 noon: Metropolitan Opera Live Simulcast – Tosca. Thank you, Opera Yucatán! You have made it possible for Méridanos to watch the live opera transmissions beamed out monthly from New York City to locations around the world, including 15 cities in Mexico. Arrive at 11:30 am for an informal chat about Tosca (in Spanish, of course). Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center, Sala 3, Calle 60 Norte #299-E Ex-Codemex, Col. Revolución, between Gran Plaza and Liverpool shopping malls. For Further Information, including ticket prices: operayucatan.org, email@example.com