In 1981, I traveled to Mexico (my first airline trip!) with my high school choir. Although I graduated in 1979, I was invited to accompany the choir, which I was very close to, having many friends still in the school. The choral director asked if I would perform a recital in Mexico City’s National Institute of Fine Arts (Pinacoteca Virreinal) and I did, which was followed by the choir performance. I remember the concert grand was a Petrov and the sound reverberated for quite some time–quite beautiful actually!
The altitude was an experience to get used to, for we followed our time in Mexico City with the long and winding road down to sea-level Acapulco. The old roads back then provided a movie backdrop, of beautiful mountains, towns, and the sight of Cuernevaca. We finally made it to Acapulco, and it was indeed enjoyable.
A few years ago, I became friends with the Mexican maestro, Eduardo Alvarez. He invited me to perform now with his Acapulco Philharmonica Orchestra, which he founded 10 years ago. Some amenities I took notice of include a personal mini-van with private driver, their own specialty shirts with their logo, and a very dedicated staff. During my visit so far, I managed to find where I stayed and walked 27 years ago! Not much has changed there, but the rest of Acapulco is constantly growing and building. Once a haven for movie stars and celebrities, it still has the seaside charm and attracts international travelers, although, I am here during their rainy season. It rains heavily, then passes, though I am sure the January-February period must be drier and quite blue. As for Maestro Alvarez, he is a warm and generous man and formidable musician. We are already thinking about programs for next year, with pleasure!