Monday, April 7, 2014

CLASSICAL MUSIC IN MEXICO CITY


Finding out what's going on culturally in Mexico City can be a frustrating experience. Although I try my best to be on top of things, I'm constantly coming across posters and notices about events that happened yesterday.
A recent discovery of a useful website will help, at least in the area of classical music. You may want to bookmark this website:

                                  http://musicaenmexico.com.mx


They even have a listing of the opera season at Bellas Artes, where I discovered this rarity--in April, two performances of the opera ATZIMBA, based on an episode of the conquest of Michoacán, by Mexican composer Ricardo Castro. It was supposedly a bit hit when it was first done in 1900.
                               







Tuesday, April 1, 2014

LOOKING AT MEXICO CITY: FLYING HORSES



Although I've been to the Palacio de Bellas Artes hundreds of times over the past 17 years, it wasn't until recently that I actually paid attention to the magnificent bronze sculptures that adorn its front plaza. It pays to arrive early.

The four statues are known as 'Los Pegasos'. Each represents two human figures, male and female (the spirits of drama and music) being carried aloft to Mount Parnassus by Pegasus, the flying horse of Greek mythology. 


'Los Pegasos' are the work of Catalan sculptor Agustín Querol. Finished in 1912, the sculptures were intended to be placed inside the theater, but I guess they were found too distracting, and ended up outside.


These bronzes express an exalted sense of exuberance that is hard to resist. Next time you're at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, take a ride.