The state of Jalisco has published details of the upcoming 23rd May Cultural Festival, with a variety of music and dance performances, exhibitions, lectures and workshops to take place in Guadalajara and a few municipalities—Puerto Vallarta included—from May 8 to 31. The centerpiece of this year’s festival is composer and pianist Ludwig Van Beethoven, born on December 1770, 250 years ago.
We learned about the festival details during a recent trip to Guadalajara for an all-Beethoven program by the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra at the city’s historic Teatro Degollado a few weeks ago. The orchestra will contribute to the festival with two additional all-Beethoven programs. On Sunday, May 17, the program consists of the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61 (1806) and Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, also known as the Pastoral Symphony (1802-1808) with Johannes Wildner and Liza Ferschtman as guest conductor and violinist, respectively.
The festival concludes with a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy for piano, vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra, Op. 80 (1808) and the Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, also known as Beethoven’s 9th (1822-1824). The program will be conducted by Jalisco Philharmonic Artistic Director, Jesus Medina on Friday, May 29, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31.
There is much more than Beethoven in the festival, however. A very complete schedule of events (in Spanish) is available on the official website, including a performance taking place in Puerto Vallarta’s Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe by renowned classical guitarist, Sergio Medina on Thursday, May 28.