I went to the free concert last nite at the Pabellon Cultural de la Republica here in Cabo San Lucas. Luna Itzel was presenting her show...Luna Itzel el Canto de Mexico.
I wanted to see inside this building...so this gave me that chance...and was also interested in hearing the music. BUT I was not prepared for how incredible of a show I was about to see. Some people had reserved seats...and the rest of us could just chose a seat from row H and higher...soon I realized how lucky I was to have come at 7.40PM for the 8PM concert...as all seats (tickets and free) were gone...and people started sitting on the steps in the aisles. Packed house...and were we given the show of a lifetime!!
Costumes were absolutely beautiful...she personally changed costumes about 6 times for the 11 songs that she presented to us...and all were just shockingly beautiful. Top of the line designer type things...not just off the rack! The orchestra was incredible...violin, piano, harp, banjo, percussion, guitar, charango (small Andean stringed instrument of the flute family), digiridu (6 foot long musical instrument of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, consisting of a long hollow branch that makes a deep drone when blown into), and 2 back up singers who also did English translation of what each song would be. The ballerina was out of this world for her intrepretation of the music.
Backdrop lighting was amazing...with photos and the bright colors of Mexican scenery and people from all around this incredible country.
At the start of the show Copal inscense was in smudge type pots and brought down the aisles of the theatre by the native dancers ...and onto the stage as part of the back drop. The Mayan Indians hold copal as very sacred and have used it in ceremonies since before the invasion of the Spanish conquests to the Americas. There were a few tense minutes as the fire alarms went off, and to see all the running around of the production team to shut them off and to call off the fire trucks!
When the show was over, we all did a standing ovation and clapped for "MORE". When you hear free concert...you never know what that means. Well...this was spine tingling! I have gone to many concerts in all my traveling years...and this is only equal to the National Theatre presentations I saw in San Jose Costa Rica...and part of the awe there was just being in that beautiful old Theatre...and all of its history.
Here is an older article and video that I found on line (scroll down under the first big photo)...it will show some of the pagentry of costumes and give you a bit of information as to how this is sponsored...and snippets of her beautiful singing.
Sit back and just enjoy...and I wish that some of you who are here now...could have attended with me. She presented all of us with a beautiful gift of her music for all to remember for life!