A Quick Guide to Mexico's Classical Music Venues

Visiting Mexico gives foreign travelers many opportunities for entertainment, relaxation, and sightseeing. There are well known carnivals, seasonal festivities, as well as thousands of historical sites that attract millions of tourists every year. There’s also a lot of art to discover, and music is no exception. You can look forward to exploring new soundscapes and a rich mix of tradition and contemporary art. 

Before you drive to your concert, of course, you should make sure to buy Mexican car insurance. Even better, you can do it online, while you’re packing. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look into the classical music tradition in Mexico. You’ll also see where you can hear the works of most prominent Mexican composers. To get fully prepared for your musical journey, read on! 

Does Mexico have classical music?

Mexico is a diverse and culturally rich country. A varied audience from around the world is drawn to numerous musical events throughout the country. This doesn’t only include popular, electronic, or rock music, or the traditional forms of Mexican music - Mariachi, Norteno, and Banda. 

If you’re a fan of classical music, there's a rich treasure trove to tap into. The classical music of Mexico has a long history, and includes orchestral and chamber music, opera, chorals, ballet, religious and secular music, and contemporary music forms. 

Who is the most famous composer in Mexico?

World famous composers from Mexico include: 

  • Manuel Ponce (1882-1948), born in Zacatecas, was a composer of guitar music, piano works, numerous vocal and folk song arrangements, concertos, chamber music, and orchestral music. He is best known for reviving the interest in Mexican folklore and popular song and incorporating it in his work. His most notable work is a Violin Concerto, composed in 1943, which integrates elements of Mexican dance. 
  • Juventino Rosas (1868 - 1894) was a famous composer and violinist from Santa Cruz in Guanajuato. His most notable works include “Sobre las Olas”, a world-famous waltz, used in many film scores. Other works include a number of polkas, mazurcas, and danzas. A 1995  biographical film was made, named “Over the waves”, after his most popular song. 
  • Fellipe Villanueva (1862 - 1893), a famous virtuoso pianist, violinist, and composer of works for piano and vocals. He started his prolific career at age ten, when he wrote the Patriotic Cantata, and a Mazurka “The Last Farewell” at age eleven. He is also known for founding the Musical Institute, transforming musical education in Mexico. Although he passed at an early age of 31, he left a vast number of works and remains one of the most celebrated figures in Mexican music to this day. 

Where do they have concerts in Mexico?

If you have the opportunity, you shouldn’t miss a concert of classical music in one of the following places in Mexico City: 

Palacio de Bellas Artes

The Palace of Fine Arts is a masterpiece of architecture. It’s located within a spectacular square and combines a stunning exterior in neoclassical and Art Deco Nouveau, and interior in Art Deco style. It’s the national center for a great number of classical orchestras and ensembles. This includes the National Symphonic Orchestra, National Opera Company, the Chamber Orchestra of Fine Arts. When you have the privilege to attend one of the concerts, this guarantees a first-class experience. 

Auditorio Nacional

Considered to be one of the best live music venues in the world, it’s renowned for its capacity (over 10.000) and outstanding acoustics. The modern concrete building is home to the largest pipe organ in Latin America and it’s situated on the Paseo de Reforma. Audience can enjoy theatrical, musical, and dance performances here. 

Centro Cultural Universitario

The Sala Nazahualcoyotl is another famous concert venue, located within the University Cultural Center. It’s home to the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Mexican National Autonomous University. The monumental concert hall was created as a contribution by a famous conductor and composer Eduardo Mata. It’s designed for symphonic music, which means that you can feel as if you’re right next to the orchestra while they’re playing. You’ll surely leave for your hotel full of memorable impressions. 

Where can I buy reliable Mexican car insurance when attending concerts? 

Whether you’re interested in classical music, indie rock or heavy metal festivals, or if your aim is to discover the nightclub scene in Mexican beach resorts, you need to consider your safety. Oscar Padilla Mexican Insurance has over seven decades of experience supporting US and other foreign travelers in Mexico, so you can drive safely and enjoy the performances of your favorite band or orchestra without worrying about your car. We have strong relations with local insurance carriers and repair services, which ensures that you’re always covered. 

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