A Civic Action Group, Pro-culture Through Music, Theatre, and The Arts
Guest Post by: Carminia Magaña
In August 2007, twenty-five people of Huatulco´s community, wishing to enjoy high quality musical events, created a forum. They sought not only to promote local, national and international musicians, but wished to create a space of shared musical enjoyment by the seaside.
A sponsorship system was established and today we have eighty-three sponsors who generously donate $1,000 pesos as an annual fee, and twenty-two who contribute in the form of accommodations, meals, and airfare. Contributions have also been directed towards production, poster prints, facilities, montage services, chair rental, sound and lighting. It is for this reason that we say that in Friends of Music Huatulco, it is the community working for the community.
During the first season, between August and October 2007, we produced three chamber music concerts. To this date, we have produced a total of 26 concerts in different musical genres: jazz shows, traditional Mexican music, flamenco, choral with instruments, one a capella quintet, and several chamber music concerts. In addition, the size of our public has steadily grown. On average, 320 music lovers come to our events, though we have seen well over 500 in two concerts. To continue and improve our performance, we ask for a voluntary donation for general admission to concerts of $150 pesos, ($100 for students with ID).
As part of our socio-cultural development project, Friends of Music Huatulco, in coordination with the former Municipal Department of Culture and Education, asked musicians to offer a short and free educational concert in a rural or urban public school of the municipality. To this date we have produced eight of such events, thanks to the generosity and solidarity of our visiting musicians.
In June, 2010, a group from the community proposed quality theatre with Slave for his Country, an adaptation of Calderon de la Barca’s The Constant Prince, by Enrique Olmos de Ita to present-day Mexico, thanks to the generosity of Maestro Nicolás Núñez and the Theatre Department of UNAM. By establishing the links with quality theater in Mexico City, we shall try to bring to Huatulco both good theater and good music.
Ten volunteers integrate our Organizing Committee, and we all contribute with time and resources. For this reason, we do not incur in administrative costs. Moreover, we are the first to buy our tickets for the concerts. However, our graphic designer -who is a sponsor and an important member of our Organizing Committee– must charge for image concept and design. This is our only exception. The images of our programs are what we use in all posters, banners, tickets, and electronic dissemination, in which we include the repertoires for each event. We have a mailing list of well over 500 people and businesses of our community
Fall/winter 2011-2012 schedule
November 12th – PATÉ DE FUÁ
December 29th – OPERA OBSESSION (soprano, mezzosoprano & piano)
January 11th – guitar quarter “ORISHAS”
February 9th – HÉCTOR INFANZÓN JAZZ QUARTET “EL CITADINO”
February 25th – Baroquue trio with HORACIO FRANCO, ASAF KOLERSTEIN Y SANTIAGO ALVAREZ (flaut & cello)
Honorary Artistic Director
Almanza de Moya
Guadalupe Pavón de San Martín
Concept and Design
Texts & Translations
José Pérez Moreno
Guest Post by: Carminia Magaña