Comings and Goings: Rodolfo: Held Over!


Thursday and Sunday, April 04 and 07, at Coco Tropical, from 6 to 8:30 pm, Rodolfo has been HELD OVER! Heinz Reize, the owner of Coco Tropical, asked Rodolfo for just one more week – lucky folks in Vallarta who have not had the pleasure of hearing this remarkable blind tenor. Two more chances this season to watch the sunset, dine under the stars, dance and listen to Rodolfo’s beautiful voice that improves with each mini-concert he performs.

Tuesday, April 9th at Incanto, 4:30 pm. Enjoy cocktails on the river terrace with members of the Vallarta Garden Club. At 5 pm, Marcos Mendoza, the charming Tour Manager of the Vallarta Botanical Garden will speak on“Plants of Mexican History & Folklore.” The VGC events at Incanto are open to the public, and I personally urge all new expats, and snowbirds! to join us. Meet a whole lot of people from all over the world who now call Vallarta home and share one goal: to make Vallarta more beautiful.

Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm at Incanto’s Piano Bar, singer, songwriter, percussionist, Emmy-Award nominee, wife of John Kreitler, guest member of Vallarta Vocalista Ensemble, the irrepressible, effervescent and beautifulPatsy Meyer. Joined by Mark Hartman on piano for this one-night-only concert. I will be able to enjoy just the first half hour as Spencer Day is downstairs in Incanto’s Theatre for his show with Zoe and Leon at 8 pm.Spencer did a relatively thorough sampling of local artists that accompanied him during his first run earlier this season. A full and I am sure, delicious report next week!


…and Goings

The Vallarta Vocalista Ensemble’s Opening Night was just about sold out! Their third year with lovely additions on stage – Marsha Ward-Ross, soprano, and Gene Berube, bass. Their guest artist, Patsy Meyer, was so loved by all she has her own show in the Piano Bar, April 12th.

The first half of “Something to Sing About” – that I loved the best was full of Mediaeval madrigals, lullabies, spirituals, and one rousing Slovakian folk song.  The Vocalistas are now so incredibly polished that their harmonies gently include and infuse each of their voices. It is not possible to distinguish one vocalist over another; they have become One Voice. Listening to their first half of the show was like being wrapped in a warm blanket and held with steady,  gentle arms and rocked lovingly and slowly until sleep descended. Truly beautiful.

After intermission (and a quick change), the music became more contemporary and even campy!

They LOOKED better too this year! Alain Perreault, who is the Vocalista’s“aesthetic coach,” had everyone on stage engaged in the music without being overly animated. The Vocalistas were elegantly attired but not ‘in costume.’ A thoroughly different and engaging concert.   Their final shows are Thursday and Friday, April 4th and 5th at 7 pm and Sunday, the 7th, a matinee at 4 pm.

Marcia Blondin