Pro Musica has been bringing world-class classical music to San Miguel de Allende for over ten years. Our season runs from September through March and is comprised of around 25 concerts, ranging from solo piano and classical guitar recitals, through string quartets, to chamber orchestra and opera.
Our regular venue is the 250-seat St. Paul’s Church near the city center. The acoustics are outstanding and the atmosphere intimate. Most of our concerts are on Saturdays and Sundays at 5 pm. Our Steinway grand piano is impeccably maintained and is kept at the church in a special humidity-controlled room.
For special events, such as larger orchestral concerts and opera, we use the city’s beautiful 450-seat Teatro Angela Peralta. We also have one outdoor concert a year, in March, in a magical private garden, where we serve champagne and canapés during the long interval.
The quality of our audiences’ concert-going experience is very important to us. At most concerts at St. Paul’s, except those with piano, the musicians are on a raised stage so that sight lines from all the seats are good. The church could seat more people than the number of tickets we sell, but we do not want to overcrowd it. Interval refreshments are available and a detailed program with high quality musical and artist notes is given to every concert-goer.
The key to our continuing success is our Patron Members, whose generous contributions underwrite our ability to bring renowned musicians to San Miguel from all over the world. They are our family—now over 125 strong and growing—and they make possible a quality and extent of musical life in San Miguel unparalleled in any other city of less than several million people.
Our Patron Membership structure provides entry level membership from as little as US$100 per year. Members’ benefits include, according to donation level, complimentary concert tickets, invitations to Meet the Artists suppers and cocktail parties in exclusive private homes, advance ticket reservations, priority entry to the venue and reserved seats. Categories of membership range from US$100 to US$5,000.
A portion of our Patron Members donations is used to fund our Education Outreach Program. Through our Rhythm, Rhyme & Reason program, we are providing musical education in schools to some 100 boys and girls, between the ages of eight and 12, at two schools in disadvantaged areas in the countryside surrounding San Miguel. Also, we provide Suzuki violin lessons in the Santa Julia and Mexiquito orphanages for girls and boys in San Miguel. Additionally, we direct and pay for the musical education of an incredibly talented 17-year-old Mexican, Steve Gonzalez, who we think could become a major composer in the Michael Nyman style. Do take a look at the video via the link below which shows some of the children at Los Ricos elementary school. Their enthusiasm for the music is infectious!
On this site you will find full details of all our concerts for the coming season, a wealth of information about the artists who play for us and links for you to listen to and see them performing. We hope that you will find something in our wide and varied musical offerings that appeals to you. I look forward to personally welcoming you at our concerts.
Michael Pearl, President, Pro Musica