Making Kids Better

A very exciting musical event will be happening at Incanto Theatre on February 17 and 24th, 2018. Donald Moline, a Grammy Award winning cellist who played with the Chicago Symphony for 39 years and who has a distinguished orchestral, chamber music and recording career will be playing a recital. Mr. Moline will be accompanied by Jean Guy Comeau who many of you know as one of Vallarta’s most accomplished musicians.

Of special significance is the fact that Mr. John Henry Kreitler,a 10-time EMMY-winning composer of concert, film/TV and theatre music and who resides part time in Mismaloya, has written Canciones de Vallarta, a suite for cello and orchestra that will be given a world premiere at this recital.

Proceeds from these performances will go directly to IAMPV (Instituto de Artes Musicales Puerto Vallarta) an organization that provides musical education and performance opportunities to the youth of Puerto Vallarta.  Tickets at

I asked Donald Moline, recently, about the benefits of training children in classical and other forms of music and he replied…”As a teacher for nearly 60 years, I believe the value of music study for young children is incalculable and profound. So many different skills are learned in the study of music: eye-hand coordination, motor skills, coordination between left and right hands, the element of problem-solving, listening skills, and group interaction. Additionally, young people who study music get better grades in school and get into far less trouble. Coincidentally, the same music skills can benefit aged people at the opposite end of life. Studies of seniors who play music have found that mental acuity is maintained and enhanced, and senility is either postponed or prevented altogether. Music study is magical! “

The International Friendship Club (IFC) supports IAMPV , because fostering cultural activities for children is a very important part of the club’s mandate and it agrees with Mr. Moline that learning music makes kids better.

The Director IAMPV is Daniel Oliveros a young, devoted musician who is dedicated to developing other professional musicians in Puerto Vallarta. As well as directing the PV Chamber Orchestra, Daniel also visits schools here to explain the benefits of learning music to the teachers and to recruit children into the Salty Paws Jazz Orchestra, which is an important component of IAMPV. Daniel obviously has a good eye to spot kids with talent because four of the students who left PV for Mexico City last summer were accepted into the very top music schools in Mexico. What an achievement!

The Salty Paws Jazz Orchestra has over twenty kids under the direction of Kris who not only chooses the repertoire but also has to re-write many of the pieces to include music for violins, French horn and flute – not the instruments usually found in a jazz line-up. As well as Daniel and Kris there are instructors for the violin/viola, an instructor for the cello and one for the flute, sax and clarinet.

As well as the IAMPV, the International Friendship Club provides treatment and care to infants born with cleft palates, free dental care in Boca De Tomatlan and financial assistance to twenty charities in town. Members not only volunteer their time but also enjoy Spanish lessons, bridge lessons, history lectures, yoga and meditation. On Fridays at 5:00 the club has a social hour followed by a popular Dinearound. See for full details.


Note: Tickets for the IFC Home Tours are only available online at and at the Sea Monkey Restaurant on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

A wonderfully different thing to do

That’s what Trip Advisor David H , who hails for Guelph, Ontario, headlined his review of the IFC Home Tours with last week. He went on to say….

“Friends of ours had gone on this tour before and recommended we try it. On top of being for a good cause, it’s a great few hours of entertainment. Imagine getting into see some of the most exclusive homes in the area. On our day we were into 3 different places. The first home was 20,000 square feet (the master bedroom was over 4,000 SF alone).The next two were both 10,000 SF. What a treat to see how the other half lives. Check it out. You won’t be disappointed.” Thanks for your comments, David.

Details of the IFC Home Tours and pictures of the homes they visit can be found at

The tours run on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and start at the Sea Monkey Restaurant on the Malecon at Aquiles Serdan. Tickets sell for $600 pesos and go fast so it’s best to buy them online (website above) or early, on the day of the tour at the Sea Monkey. We no longer sell tickets at the IFC office.

The tours require good mobility, as you’ll need to walk on some cobbled streets and climb some stairs. Our docents will help you and answer your questions. As David says, “Check it out. You won’t be disappointed.”

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John Warren
John Warren is in charge of Publicity for the International Friendship Club (IFC). His articles describe the programs and charities that IFC supports, the sources of income of IFC and the social experiences, lectures and classes that members can enjoy.