Note from the President
Here we are in 2021, still in the midst of a pandemic, still in isolation wherever we may be and longing for the day when we can be together again in San Miguel de Allende in the concert hall or under the trees listening to live music!
We are pleased that in 2020
we created a new collaboration with Curtis Institute of Music to present monthly master classes in Spanish for Mexican students. Students were nominated by their music schools or teachers to work with Curtis faculty or graduates and the classes were observed by others throughout Mexico. We have had as many as 125 observers for a class. This program has been well received by all and will be continued throughout 2021.
In October, we presented the Dover Quartet,
a two-day virtual event, co-sponsored with UNAM and Panamerican University. It consisted of a documentary film, Strings Attached about the Dover Quartet, viewed by 950; a concert, viewed by 1,650 and a post-concert conversation on Facebook Live with the members of the quartet, Roberto Diaz, president of Curtis Institute of Music and the three sponsors. This was the Mexican event for Curtis on Tour in Latin America and we were proud to be included as a creator and sponsor for this event. It is our intention to incorporate Curtis on Tour in Latin America as a part of Festival programming in the future.
photo by Rox Cox
Our theme for the year is CONNECTION…
connection between our audience and the Festival; connection between our audience and our artists and their music; connection between the next generation of Mexican classical musicians and teachers and schools of note throughout the world; connection between the musical organizations in San Miguel de Allende; connection between Mexican and international cultural tourists and the Festival and San Miguel de Allende.
photo by Lander Rodríguez
We are proceeding as if we will have a live 43rd Festival, August 12-28, 2021. The extraordinary artists are listed on our website. Soon the programs will be listed. Because of the unique combination of artists and instruments, we will be presenting programs never before heard in San Miguel de Allende.
We cannot be certain at this time exactly what form the Festival will take. In the next months we will continue to provide virtual programming to begin the process of connection of the audience with the artists and their music by interviews, recorded concerts by the artists, lectures and posts on the music. Please sign up for our newsletter and social media and check the website to take full advantage of all Festival activity.
If we live in this spirit of CONNECTION, we will continue to fulfill our mission to bring the highest quality music and music education to San Miguel de Allende. We will continue to fulfill our vision to have San Miguel recognized as an international music destination.
It is our hope that all is well with you and yours. Many thanks for all you have done to help the Festival not just stay alive but thrive during this difficult time.
Helenmarie Anderson Corcoran, President
For the Board of Directors
Festival de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de Allende