David Mendoza and Friends - concerts

September 25-26, Wednesday 7-9pm, Thursday 3-5pm
Bellas Artes, Hernández Macías 75
$200, $300, $400

David Mendoza and Friends - concerts

John Lennon once said, "I'm an artist. Give me a tuba and I'll get something out of it." The notion that a musician is a musician, and should not be confined to a single instrument, is a curious one nowadays, when almost everyone is a specialist. The idea is not quaint to San Miguel musical star David Mendoza.

Just about every music lover in San Miguel has heard Mendoza performing on the violin – or least has tried to hear him, as his concerts usually sell out. The Grammy-nominated recording artist Michael Hoppé says Mendoza's "wonderfully expressive violin playing" is, quite simply, "one of the most beautiful sounds one can hear in San Miguel de Allende." Mendoza has a five-star rating from DiscoverSMA.

But David is also a virtuoso pianist and percussionist, and in two concerts at the Bellas Artes on Wednesday, September 25, and Thursday, September 26, he will be showcasing his range of musical talent. The two concerts are installments of the Steinway Series, an ongoing piano-based series at the Bellas Artes.

All Steinway Series concerts are benefits for Libros para Todos, an outreach program that seeks to inspire children in Mexico to read more, particularly those children and young adults residing in rural communities where access to books is limited.

The Wednesday concert is at 7pm, and the Thursday concert is a 3pm matinee. Both concerts will feature David with several of his favorite musical collaborators, including Camile Garcia on accordion, Cristian Hernandez on bass, Juan José on drums, and Lorelei Capell and Carlos Vargas on piano, among other guests.

David will demonstrate his own considerable piano skills, playing works by Claude Debussy, Yann Tiersen (who composed the soundtrack for the movie Amélie), and Nils Frahm, among others. On violin, Mendoza has programmed music by Astor Piazzolla and Ennio Morricone, along with selections from David's new CD Birds Fly In, and many other works.

The two concerts will be partly the same and partly different, with the afternoon concert on Thursday featuring music a bit more on the mellower side.

The Bellas Artes concerts are both reserved-seat events. The Miguel Malo auditorium has 18 rows of around 200 seats. Tickets for the first six rows are 400 pesos; then 300 pesos for the next six; and 200 pesos for the back six rows. The tickets may be purchased for cash or with a credit or debit card at Boleto City, Mercado Sano, Ancha de San Antonio 123, Monday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm; or online by clicking either of the "Buy Tickets Online" buttons in this email newsletter; or at boletocity.com.

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