Argentinian and Mexican Songs of Love and Heartbreak for a Bilingual Audience

Argentinian and Mexican Songs of Love and Heartbreak for a Bilingual Audience

 

Music
“Tango…and Other Songs of Love and Heartbreak”
By Pablo Buniak, voice, and Armando Macedo, piano
Fri–Sat, Mar 6–7, 7pm
San Miguel Playhouse
Avenida Independencia 82
Tickets: 300, 250, and 150 pesos
Boleto City, Mercado Sano
E-tickets: boletocity.com
In Spanish with English supertitles

By Fredric Dannen

Like many North Americans, I grew up listening to the songs of Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, and George and Ira Gershwin, captivated not only by the melodies, but the wonderful lyrics. I was largely ignorant of Spanish language popular songs—even unaware that the Dinah Washington hit “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes” was, in fact, a Mexican song with English words.

It was not until I moved to Mexico that I became acquainted with the marvelous works of songwriters such as Armando Manzanero, Lucho Gatica, and Álvaro Carrillo, among others. Their songs are widely classified as boleros. Meanwhile, I was introduced to the oeuvre of Argentinean songwriters such as Carlos Gardel, whose irresistible songs are widely classified as tangos.

On two occasions, January 2019 at the San Miguel Playhouse, and November 2019 at Bellas Artes, the singer and pianist team of Pablo Buniak and Alberto Macedo expanded the field of admirers of tangos and boleros by performing classic Latin American songs with English supertitles. Both concerts were hugely successful.

Now Macedo and Buniak are returning to the Playhouse, on March 6 and 7, at 7pm, with “Tango…and Other Songs of Love and Heartbreak,” a collection of the finest Argentinian and Mexican songs in the repertoire, once again with simultaneous English translation in the form of projected supertitles.

Macedo is a world-class pianist who got discovered as the resident pianist at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mexico City, where he entertained the likes of Madonna and Luciano Pavarotti at private parties and has gone on to perform widely in Latin America and Europe. Buniak, a recipient of Argentina’s prestigious Estrella del Mar award, is an internationally known vocalist.

The best songs are stories set to music—stories of love, loss, joy, despair, and hope. A song well performed can become a theatrical as well as a musical experience, provided you can understand the words. The Buniak and Macedo shows have won raves from English-speaking audience members. Michael Dobbin, a Canadian theater director, said after one performance, “I have heard some of these songs many times in the past, but now I feel a connection to them I never had before.” He added, “This was one of the best events I have ever attended in San Miguel de Allende.”

Tickets are 300 pesos for the center section of the theater, 250 pesos for the side sections, and 150 pesos for the one section of the theater where supertitles are not plainly visible. They may be purchased at Boleto City, Mercado Sano, Ancha de San Antonio 123, Monday through Saturday, 11am–5pm, or online at boletocity.com.

The San Miguel Playhouse features free, secure parking and taxi concierge service.