Note from the President

On behalf of the San Miguel Chamber Music Festival, Mexico’s oldest and largest chamber music festival, I want to provide our valued patrons and friends important information about the 2020 Festival.  

The line-up for Festival 2020 was a stunner. . .

Thanks to your generous support, we were living our mission to the fullest--to bring the highest quality music and music education to San Miguel de Allende.

 

For the 2020 season, Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider were prepared to kick off the Festival, followed by the Ying Quartet, Orion Weiss and the Parker Quartet.

 

The program committee worked closely with the artists to create a season of works of many composers, countries, and time periods not heard recently in San Miguel de Allende. We had plans for master classes, lectures and parties to fill the period from August 15-29, 2020, the 42nd Festival.  

Festival favorite and internationally renowned cellist, Amit Peled, accompanied by the Peabody Peled Cello Gang was set to reprise the very successful Cello Week of 2018, and offer it to 12 promising Mexican cellists. This was to be the third of our expanded Education Weeks, furthering our collaboration with the beautiful Hacienda Santa Clara educational facility, a perfect venue for classes, concerts and parties.

Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit . . .

In conversations with the Angela Peralta Theater and the city of San Miguel it became clear that we would not be able to offer live performance in August 2020; however, the committee felt that the Festival could not go silent, despite the challenging circumstances.

A virtual Festival for 2020. . .

We are collaborating with our 2020 artists, with live streaming companies and with the best music schools in the United States to provide concerts, classes, lectures and other listening opportunities. These will begin soon and continue  throughout the year until we can be in the concert hall again. We believe that some of them will remain part of our programming in the future.

 

As such, we have scheduled our next live performances for the 43rd Festival, August 13-28, 2021. The Dover Quartet, one of the world’s most sought after quartets, is already scheduled to perform in 2021. Additionally, we are in the process of confirming contracts with 2020 performers to fill out the season.

Our Festival office is now virtual, too. . .

After some period of negotiation, Bellas Artes informed us that they needed the space for classrooms after decades of use by the Festival. We are very fortunate that we had successfully made the transition to a virtual office when Bellas Artes was closed to the public by the pandemic.

 

Rest assured, staff and board committees are hard at work launching our virtual programming for 2020 and securing contracts for 2021. We are also organizing the marketing, communication and fundraising functions in an integrated system with Network for Good, a well-regarded resource in the US, which focuses on training and systems for small to medium sized non-profits.

A crisis, an opportunity. . .

Webster's Dictionary defines crisis as a crucial or decisive point or situation — a turning point. Depending on the crisis, it could be the opportunity for the entire organization to undertake new thoughts and implement additional measures the crisis situation has revealed.

We are excited about the collaborations that we are developing and know that you will be as well. We will keep you informed of developments within the next few weeks. Let everyone know that Festival de Música de Cámara is alive and well during the pandemic! As always, we appreciate your ongoing loyal support as we work to fulfill our mission.

For questions, please send an email to festivaldemusica.sma@gmail.com