This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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The Tango Festival and World Championship is in full swing! Don’t miss the Piazzolla exhibit at the Centro de Exposiciones, or any of the concerts and shows! Find the full program here.

In the evening, save your place at the Olive Oil tasting being organized by Mondo Oliva.  More information here.

Later on the African-Spanish artist Buika, considered to be one of the “50 Great Voices” will be staging a show at the Gran Rex theatre starting at 9pm. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Fundación PROA in La Boca is showcasing two new exhibits. The first features Argentine and Brazilian contemporary pop art, realism and political art, and the second is a collection of works by Roberto Aizenberg and younger artists who have been inspired by him.  Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

The renowned Hungarian/British classical pianist András Schiff will be presenting the following pieces at the Colón Theatre: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No 30 in E major, Op. 109, Bela Bartók: Sonata (1926), Leos Janácek: Sonata (1905), Franz Schubert: Sonata in G major, D. 894.  22nd of August at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta and check out some of the photography exhibits that are being displayed as part of the Festival de la Luz (light festival). The festival takes place throughout August and September around the country.

Book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

Later on the Jamaican Ska and Reggae band, The Skatalites, will be playing a live concert at Teatro Vorterix, the new concert hotspot in town! Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

On Sunday there will be a special tango-dancing program at the Centro de Exposiciones from 2.30pm onwards. More information here.

Football fans can also enjoy a River Plate vs. San Lorenzo match at the Club Atlético River Plate on Sunday. www.bsas4u.com offers a special River Plate tour that includes a bilingual guide, transfers to and from the hotel and tickets to the game.  Book here.

Find a ten day weather forecast here.

Colón Theatre 2012 Winter Program

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July

– La Sylphide (The Sylph). Choreography by Pierre Lacotte according to Filippo Taglioni, music by Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer, director- Javier Logioia.   Plot summary: A forest fairy (sylph) seduces a young man on his wedding day.  3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th of July.  Tickets here.

– Claroscuros e Intensidades (Chiaroscuro and Intensities. Director: Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Violin solo: Ilya Gringolts. San Justo Women’s Choir.  Choir director: Roberto Saccente.Featured Pieces: Claudio Alsuyet: De atardeceres (worldwide debut), Nicolai Miaskovsky: Violin concerto, Claude Debussy: Nocturne, Claude Debussy: La Mer. 12th of July at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

– Cuarteto Petrus (Petrus String Quartet).Pablo Saraví- violin I, Hernán Briatico- violin II, Silvina Álvarez- viola, Gloria Pankaeva- violoncello. Featured Pieces: Luigi Boccherini: Quartet in G flat, Op. 33 Nº 5,  Roberto Caamaño: Five brief pieces for string quartets., Op.21, Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky: Quartet Nº1 in D major, Op.11. 15th of July at 11am. Free concert.

– Colón Theatre’s Graduate Ballet.  Choreography by David Lichine. Music by Johann Strauss. 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th of July at 11am.

Erwartung (Expectation): Opera in one act (1909). Music by Arnold Schönberg, libretto by Marie Pappenheim, musical director – Baldur Brönimann stage director – Pedro Pablo García Caffi, interpreters – Evelyn Herlitzius.  Plot Summary: The monologue of a woman who anxiously searches for her disappeared lover.

   Hagith: Opera in one act (1923). Music by Karol Szymanowski, libretto by Felix Dörmann, musical director- Baldur Brönimann, stage director- Michal Znaniecki, interpreters- Ewa Biegas / Roy Stevens / Christian Baumgärtel. Plot Summary: Based on the Bible’s Book of Kings this Opera tells the story of Hagith, who rejects the old King David because she is in love with Solomon, his son.  22nd, 24th, 26th and 28th of July. Tickets here.

August

– La Bella Durmiente del Bosque (The Sleeping Beauty). Choreography by Karl Burnett, music by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky. Featuring the Buenos Aires Philharmonic directed by Luis Gorelik. Plot summary: The wicked fairy Carabosse casts a spell on the new born princess Aurora at her christening and determines that she will prick her finger on her 16th birthday and die. The Lilac Fairy who has not yet presented her gift to the child modifies the spell so that when the princess pricks her finger  she will sleep for a hundred years until a prince awakens her. 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of August. Tickets here.

– Opus Trio: Freddy Varela Montero- violin, Paula Peluso- piano, Stanimir Todorov- violoncello. Featured music: Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio in E minor, Franz Schubert: Trio Nº 2 in E flat major, Op. 100. 12th of August at 11am. Free Concert.

Con sangre latinoamericana (Latin Blood). Director: Carlos Bertazza. Accordion soloist: Néstor Marconi. Featuring:  Adolfo Mejía: “Intima” symphonic poem, Astor Piazzolla: Suite “Punta del Este” for accordion and orchestra, Heitor Villa-Lobos: Symphony Nº 2, “La ascensión”. 16th of August at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

– Alberto Williams Trio:  Nicolás Favero – violin, Siro Bellisomi – violoncello, Antonio Formaro- piano. Featuring: Joseph Haydn: Trio in G major Hob. XV: 25 (Op. 82) “All´Ongarese”, Alberto Williams: Trio in A minor  Op. 54, Felix Mendelssohn: Trio Nº 2 in C minor Op. 66. 19th of August at 11am. Free Concert.

– András Schiff– The renowned Hungarian/British classical pianist will be presenting the following pieces: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No 30 in E major, Op. 109, Bela Bartók: Sonata (1926), Leos Janácek: Sonata (1905), Franz Schubert: Sonata in G major, D. 894.  22nd of August at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

– I due Figaro o sia Il soggetto di una commedia: Opera in two acts (1826). Music by Saverio Mercadente, libretto by Felice Romani, musical director – Riccardo Muti, stage director – Emilio Stagi, interpreters- Saimir Pirgu / Asude Karayavuz / Rosa Feola / Annalisa Stroppa / Mario Cassi / Eleonora Buratto / Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani / Omar Montanari.  Plot summary: Ines, daughter of the Count and the Countess, falls in love with Cherubino who will do anything to marry her. 28th and 30th of August, 1st and 2nd of September. Tickets here.

– Relatos brillantes (Brilliant Tales). Director: Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Orquestral ISA Academy. Presnting: Vaughan-Williams: Tallis Fantasia, Gustav Mahler: Symphony Nº 7 in D minor. 31st of August at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

September

– I due Figaro o sia Il soggetto di una commedia: Opera in two acts (1826). Music by Saverio Mercadente, libretto by Felice Romani, musical director – Riccardo Muti, stage director – Emilio Stagi, interpreters- Saimir Pirgu / Asude Karayavuz / Rosa Feola / Annalisa Stroppa / Mario Cassi / Eleonora Buratto / Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani / Omar Montanari.  Plot summary: Ines, daughter of the Count and the Countess, falls in love with Cherubino who will do anything to marry her. 28th and 30th of August, 1st and 2nd of September. Tickets here.

– Arcadi Volodos. The renowned Russian pianist will present the following three pieces: Franz Schubert: Piano sonata in A minor, D 784, Johannes Brahms: Intermezzi Op. 117, Nos. 1-3, Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor.  4th of September at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

– Nórdicos y Románticos: (Nordics and Romantics): Director- Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Violin solo- Sarah Chang. Featuring: Jean Sibelius: Violin concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Anton Bruckner: Symphony Nº 4 in E flat major, “Romántica”. 6th of September 8.30pm. Tickets here.

– Philharmonic Quintet. Claudio Barile- flute,  Néstor Garrote- oboe,  Mariano Rey- clarinet, Fernando Chiappero- Horn, Gabriel La Rocca- bassoon. Presenting: Wolfgang A. Mozart: Overture from The Magic Flute, Jean Françaix: Quintet Nº 1, Jacques Ibert: Three brief pieces, Isaac Albéniz – Enrique Granados – E. Toldrá: Spanish Suite. 9th of September at 11am. Free Concert.

– El arco milagroso (The Magic Arc): Director- Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Violin solo- Hilary Hahn. Featuring: Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Sergei Prokofiev: Violin concerto Nº 1 in D major, Op. 19, Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony Nº 5 in C minor, Op. 67. 13th of September at 8.30 pm. Tickets here.

– Despliegues sonoros (Audible Display):  Director- Jorma Panula, clarinet soloist- Mariano Rey, horn- Fernando Chiappero. Featuring: Alberto Williams: The Bell Poem, Fermina Casanova: Clarinet and orchestra concerto, Astor Piazzolla: Clarinet concerto, Richard Strauss: Horn and orchestra concerto Nº 1 in E flat major, Op. 11, Jean Sibelius: Symphony Nº 5 in E flat major, Op. 82. 27th of September at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

– National Children’s Choir: Director- María Isabel Sanz. Piano: Natalia Suriano. Featuring: György Orbán: Mass/ Zoltán Kodály: Pünkösdölö / Francis Poulenc: Petites voix/ Claude Debussy: Salut printemps/Ángel Lasala : Popular Argentine Choir pieces/ René Teseo: Ballad of the town square (Cantata for children’s choir, baritone and orchestra). 30th of September at 11am. Free concert.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best of contemporary Argentine design will be on display until the 20th of June at the Feria Puro Diseño in La Rural. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado where a tango peña will be held at 8.30pm. This Palermo centered peña serves traditional food and stages live shows by an array of performers as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

 

Tuesday

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Whilst touring Recoleta remember to stop by the Palais de Glace where a special photography exhibit is being held until the 9th of July.  Opening hours: Tue-Sun midday-8pm. Posadas 1725, Recoleta.

In the evening don’t miss the last function of the special production of Rinaldo, an opera by Georg Friedrich Händel, which is being staged at the Colón theatre. Tickets here.

 

Wednesday

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Wednesday is a national holiday as National Flag Day is celebrated. For the occasion there will be a special event at the Centro Cultural Recoleta featuring live acts and more from 3.30 pm onwards. Junin 1930, Recoleta.

In the evening, renowned Mexican singer Lila Downs will be interpreting typical Mexican music at the Teatro Gran Rex. Tickets here.

 

Thursday

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Whilst visiting the polished Puerto Madero neighborhood make sure to stop by the new Faena Arts Center where two special exhibits by the Cuban art group Los Carpinteros, and by Argentine Daniel Amezoy are being showcased.  Faena Arts Center Aimé Paine 1169

For a unique evening, book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Pop diva Jennifer Lopez will be promoting her new record Love?  at GEBA. Tickets here.

 

Friday

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Check out the historic  Espacio Virrey Liniers which showcases diferent aspects of the founding of Buenos Aires city. Opening hours: Tue-Sun 2pm-7pm. Venezuela 469, Montserrat.

Later on stop by the hip Boris Club de Jazz in Palermo for a Mimi Maura concert starting at 10pm.  Tickets here.

 

Saturday & Sunday

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Head to the Planetarium in Palermo for one of the special screenings of Journey to the Stars. You can also access the planetariums telescopes to get unique views of the sky. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan. 4772-9265

On Sunday, the Colón Theatre will be hosting a free violoncello concert starting at 11 am. The repertoire includes music by Max Bruch, Bela Bartok, Sibelius, Julian Plaza and Piazzolla. Tickets must be picked up in advance at the theatre. Cerrito 628, Downtown.

April in Buenos Aires

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Easter, autumn, and a whole lot of cultural activities come together in one of the busiest months of the year, in terms of entertainment and leisure at least. With three long weekends and some of the city’s most important cultural events, such as the BAFICI film festival and the international book fair, Buenos Aires is bound to be abuzz with things to do in every city corner. Below are some of the highlighted events to get ready for this month!

1984– Directed by Tim Robbins- The San Martín Theatre will be welcoming renowned American actor Tim Robbins this month as he lands in the city to direct a version of 1984 for the stage. Throughout the following weeks the theatre will be screening some of his best known films in anticipation of the event.

BAFICI-11th -22nd of April.- One of the most popular cultural events in Buenos Aires is the annual international independent film festival (BAFICI). Presenting over four hundred films by a great variety of  both local and international directors, the festival is a cultural melting pot with something for everyone. Check out the program and buy tickets here.

FIFBA Folklore Festival 13th-15th of April- The Buenos Aires International Folklore Festival takes place annually in La Plata and is a great place for music enthusiasts to become acquainted with a part of the local identity through the native culture. More information here.

Feria Internacional del Libro 19th of April-7th of May- Another of Buenos Aires´s most popular cultural events of the year is the international book fair which takes place each year at La Rural in Palermo. More information on readings and seminars here.

Also, don’t miss some of the great exhibits that are being held at the MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art) and the Colon Theater’s upcoming productions, find their Autumn program here.

Concerts:

Gipsy Kings– 3rd of April- Flamenco Pop group Gipsy Kings will be staging a live show at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here. 

The Quilmes Rock festival will be taking place at the River Plate Stadium featuring the following acts:

3rd of April- Foo Fighters, MGMT, Band of Horses, Crosses, Jauria.

4th of April- Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, TV on the radio, Massacre.

7th of April- Charly García, Fito Paez.

Tickets available here.

Bjork will be playing five shows presenting her album Biophilia Residency to the public. On the 6th ,9th , 12th , and 15th of April she will play intimate concerts at the centro de exposiciones and on the  21st she will be staging a larger concert at GEBA. Tickets here.

Jane’s Addiction– 10th of April- The legendary alternative nineties rock band returns to the city to present their new album, “The Great Escape Artist”, and a selection of the band’s classics.  Tickets here.

Roger Hodgson-19th of April- Supertramp’s front man Roger Hodgson will be presenting “Breakfast in America Tour 2012” at the Lawn Tennis Club. Tickets here.

Roxette -24th April- Once again the Swedish duo visit the country to satisfy Roxette-hungry Argie fans at the Luna Park. Tickets here.

Bob Dylan 26th-30th of April- Rock legend Bob Dylan will be presenting 4 shows at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Head to Malvinas 30 Años, an exhibit by Adrián Rocha Novoa being held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta that invites visitors to reflect upon the war in 1982 and its effects upon the present. Opening hours: Sat, Sun and national holidays from 10am-9pm. Junin 1930, Recoleta

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado where a tango peña will be held at 8.30pm. This Palermo centered Peña serves traditional food and stages live shows by an array of performers as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

 

Tuesday

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The Dorrego Flea Market in Palermo is often overlooked and is the perfect place to go on a treasure hunt.  Antiques and curious finds are waiting to be dug up and claimed in this charming neighborhood market. Open Tue-Sun 10am-7pm.  Av.Dorrego and Conde.

Staring at 6.30pm the Buenos Aires Cathedral will stage a choir concert in preparation for the Easter festivities.  San Martin 27, Downtown.

The Quilmes Rock festival will be taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The international line up includes Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkey and MGMT, amongst others. Big time local names such as Charly Garcia and Fito Paez will be staging shows on the Saturday the 7th. Tickets here.

 

Wednesday

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Head to the stunning Colón theatre and tour one of the most celebrated opera houses in the world! Later on stay for a special production of Carmen. Music by Georges Bizet, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Turina with arrangements by Luis Gorelik. Choreography by Mauricio Wainrot by Osvaldo Golijov.Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100

The Quilmes Rock festival will be taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The international line up includes Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkey and MGMT, amongst others. Big time local names such as Charly Garcia and Fito Paez will be staging shows on the Saturday the 7th. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Don´t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential works in contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat and Nan Goldin amongst others. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

For a unique evening, book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Recoleta is presenting a new exhibit ¨Claridad, la vanguardia en lucha¨, showcasing Argentine art from the 20´s-40´s which depict different social and political aspects that the country was going through at the time. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

A Japanese tea ceremony will be demonstrated at 4pm at the Japanese Gardens in Palermo.  Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

Bjork will be playing the first of five shows where her album Biophilia Residency  will be presented to the public. On the 6th ,9th , 12th , and 15 of April she will play intimate concerts at the centro de exposicionaes and on the  21st she will be staging a larger concert at GEBA. Tickets here.

The 2012 Ultra Music Festival Buenos Aires will be taking place in Costanera Sur with a big DJ line-up including Justice, John Digweed, and Chris Liebing amongst others.  Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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The Quilmes Rock festival will be taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The international line up includes Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkey and MGMT, amongst others. Big time local names such as Charly Garcia and Fito Paez will be staging shows on the Saturday the 7th. Tickets here.

The Orquesta Típica Fernandez Fierro will be playing a lively tango show at CAFF in Abasto starting at 11.30pm. Sanchez de Bustamante 764, Abasto.

On Sunday head to La Oreja Negra in Palermo to participate in the folklore and tango peña starting at 8pm. Uriarte 1271, Palermo.

Colón Theatre 2012 Autumn Program

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The Colón Theatre is one of the city`s most popular attractions. It is internationally known for its beautiful architecture and impeccable acoustics. Touring the Opera House is one option, but the best way to experience its virtues, is by attending one of the Operas, ballets or concerts that are staged throughout the year.

Ticket prices are varied and can range from 30 pesos (approx. 7 USD) standing at the back of the theatre, to approximately 490 pesos ( approx. 100 USD) for front row seating at a ballet and up to 950 pesos (approx. 200USD) for front row seating at the opera. Keep in mind that concerts are cheaper than ballets and operas, and that on some Sunday mornings, concerts are staged for free.

Below is a list of the theatre’s upcoming productions for  April, May and June 2012.(Get tickets here.)

April

Opera:

-La Forza del Destino-Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (1869 revised version.) This four act opera, based on the play ¨Don Alvaro o la Fuerza del Sino” by Angel de Saveedra Duque de Rivas, will be staged on the 22nd, 24th, 26th and 28th of April.

Ballet:

Carmen: Music by Georges Bizet, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Turina with arrangements by Luis Gorelik, Colón orchestra director. Choreography by Mauricio Wainrot. 1st, 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th of April.

Concerts:

-Angela Gheorghiu  and  Roberto Alagna with the Colón Theatre Orchestra. 11th of April at 8.30pm.

-Grandezas de espíritu (Grandeur of Spirit)- Director: Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Piano Soloist: Haochen Zhang. Featuring: Tangazzo by Astor Piazzolla,  Piano Concerto 2 in G Minor, Op. 16 by Sergei Prokofiev and Symphony Nº 4 in E Minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms. 12th of April at 8.30pm.

-Sunday 15th of April- Free concert at 11am featuring Camerata Bariloche performing Vivaldi, Haydn, and Dvoràk.

May

Opera:

-La Forza del Destino-Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (1869 revised version.) This four act opera based on the play ¨Don Alvaro o la Fuerza del Sino” by Angel de Saveedra Duque de Rivas will be staged on the 2nd and 4th of May.

– Oedipe- Music by George Enescu. Libretto by Edmond Fleg. (1936) The four act Opera is based on Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and features Ira Levin as the director and Alex Ollé from La Fura dels Baus for concept and staging. 29th of May.

Concerts:

-De la Aldea al mundo (From the Village to the World)- Director: Günter Neuhold, Piano Soloist: Saleem Abboud Ashkar.

-Featuring: Segunda Obertura de Concierto, Op.18  by Alberto Williams, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann, and La Vida Breve, interlude and dance, and El Sombrero de Tres Picos, Suites 1 and 2, by  Manuel de Falla. 3rd of May at 8.30pm.

-Bach Akademie Stuttgart and Helmuth Rilling  present Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor. 8th of May at 8.30pm.

 -Free concert by string quartet Cuarteto Argentum on Sunday the 13th of May at 11am.

 -Voces celestiales (Celestial Voices)- Director: Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Mezzosoprano soloist: Frederica von Stade. Featuring a selection of works by Mahler, Canteloube, and Offenbach. 17th of May at  8.30pm.

-Free concert –Homenaje a George Enescu- on Sunday the 20th of May at 11am.

-Chinese pianist Lang Lang presents Johann Sebastian Bach´s: Partita No.1 in E-flat major,  Franz Schubert´s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 and Frederic Chopin´s twelve studios, Op. 25. 26th of May at 8.30pm.

-Destinos irrepetibles (Unrepeatable Destinies) Director: Guillermo Scarabino, Violoncello Soloist: Leonard Elschenbroich. Featuring: El Tarco en Flor by Luis Gianneo, Violloncello concert in B minor, Op. 104 by Antonin Dvorak, and Symphony Nº 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky. 31st of May at 8.30pm.

June

Opera:

-Oedipe- Music by George Enescu. Libretto by Edmond Fleg. (1936) The four act Opera is based on Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and features Ira Levin as the director and Alex Ollé from La Fura dels Baus for concept and staging. 1st, 3rd and 5th of June.

-Rinaldo- Music by Georg Friedrich Händel, Libretto by Giacomo Rossi. (1711) 12th, 15th, 17th and 19th of June.

Concerts:

-Sueños y sonidos (Dreams and Sounds)- Director: Isaac Karabtchevsky, Violin Soloist: Akiko Suwanai. Featuring: “El Guaraní” overture by Antonio Carlos Gomes, Violin Concerto “L´Arbre des Songes” by Henri Dutilleux, and Symphony Nº 6 in D major, Op.60. by Antonin Dvorak. 7th of June at 8.30pm.

 -Russian Pianist Evgueni Kissin presents  Franz Schubert´s Sonata in E-flat major, D. 568,  Ludwig van Beethoven´s 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80 (1806), Johannes Brahms: Six Pieces for Piano,  Op. 118 and  Frederic Chopin´s Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22. 8th of June at 8.30pm.

 -Free concert by Capilla del Sola and Museo Isaac Fernandez Blanco`s resident ensemble featuring anonymous Baroque and classic Jesuit composers. Sunday 10th of June at 11am.

 -Free concert by Violoncellos Argentinos. The repertoire includes music by Max Bruch, Bela Bartok, Sibelius, Julian Plaza and Piazzolla. Sunday 24th of June at 11am.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Head to the Museo Nacional Ferroviario (the national train museum) near Retiro. Monday-Friday 10:30am-4pm. Avda. Libertador 405, Retiro.

Later on in the evening stop by Museo Casa Carlos Gardel in Abasto for some live tango music at 6.30pm. Jean Jaurès 735,  Abasto. 4964 2015.

English blues and rock singer  Joe Cocker will be playing at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Tuesday

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Pablo Siquier is an Argentine artist known for his impressive murals and installations. Throughout March a special exhibit held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta will be displaying some of his more experimental work from the eighties and nineties. Junín 1930, Recoleta. 4803 1040. Open: Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9pm.

Later on, stop by Sugar and meet other fellow travelers at the Beerlingual Bilingual Trivia Night from 7pm-9pm. Costa Rica 4619¸ Palermo.

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be presenting The Wall at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

Creedence Clearwater Revival will be playing for their loyal local fans at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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The Cortazar-Perec Biennial  is being held this week at the Centro Cultural San Martín where a photography exhibit  and screenings of films that adapted the literary work of these authors to the screen, can be enjoyed. Av. Corrientes 1530, Downtown. See the full program here. 

In th evening head to the stunning Colón Theatre for a special viewing of La Pasión según San Marcos, an opera by Osvaldo Golijov.Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100

Thursday

(Metropolis by Fritz Lang)

The Museo de Arte Decorativo is showcasing a special exhibit on oriental art. Additionally,  the museum´s marvelous collection of European and Oriental paintings and sculptures, the great hall,  the impressive staircase, and the smart café make it well worth a visit.  Av.del Libertador 1902, Recoleta.  4801-8248. Tuesdays to Sundays from 2.00pm to 7.00pm.  Guided tours in English are available every day at 2pm.

Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

At 10pm Fritz Lang´s Metropolis will be screened with a live orchestra at the MALBA. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Friday

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Book your place with Argentina Polo Day and spend the day in the outskirts of the city exploring the world of polo. The day includes a wine tasting with ‘empanadas’, horseback riding, a Polo Match, polo lessons, the opportunity to talk to coaches and professional players, a typical asado, and leisure time by the swimming pool. More information here.

At 7pm, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes will be staging  a contemporary music show.  Av.Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

Another option is heading to Ill Ballo del Mattone in Palermo for some homemade pasta and live jazz at 8pm. Gorriti 5950, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by… simple me)

On Saturday there will be a picnic from 11am-2pm at the Lagos Bosques de Palermo to celebrate World Water Day.

On Saturday  evening, starting at 9pm, there will be a videogame exhibit at Club Cultural Matienzo. Matienzo 2424, Belgrano.

On Sunday at 4.30pm there will be a unique presentation of drums and Japanese flutes at the Japanese gardens in Palermo. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Caseres.