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The 31st Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Cultural Festival, the greatest stage for song in northwestern Mexico, will be held from January 23rd – 31st in the magical pueblo of Álamos, Sonora. This year will include the presence of artists from Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cuba, United States, Spain, France, Mexico, Poland, and the Ukraine.
Poly Coronel Gándara, General Director of the Sonoran Institute of Culture (ISC), indicates the general program for this year’s festival presents an international showcase that explores diverse musical genres, from chamber music and opera to rock, pop, blues, Latin jazz, salsa, and traditional Mexican music, among others.
Antonio Crestani of the National Council on Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) details, “The Ortiz Tirado Festival kicks off a series of grand international festivals to be held across the country. For 31 years, over these nine days, national and international artists of the highest caliber make Sonora and the magical pueblo of Álamos the musical heart of Mexico.”
Puerto Peñasco Excursion to Álamos Jan. 24th – 26th
All are invited to take part in the yearly FAOT excursion from Puerto Peñasco to Álamos, which will depart Jan. 24th @ 6 a.m., returning on the evening of Jan. 26th. Trip cost: 2700 pesos (approximately $195 US/person) which includes transportation, food, and two nights lodging. More information at: 108 2200 Ext. 1199 or cel: 638 105 3263 and 638 116 1289
2015 Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Medal
The 2015 Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Medal will be awarded to Mexican signer Eugenia León for her valuable contributions to music in Mexico. The presentation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24th in the Callejón del Templo, where she will showcase the best of her singing repertoire accompanied by the Sonora Philharmonic Orchestra. Baritone Luis Castillo and soprano Marybel Ferrales will also receive special recognition as Youth Talent and Sonoran Master, respectively.
The Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Cultural Festival is organized by the Sonora State Government, through the Sonoran Institute of Culture (ISC), with the valuable support of CONACULTA and the City of Álamos.