Cuenca International Chorale Christmas concerts, Lots of art exhibits, A Christmas feast, Charles Dickens in Cuenca, Luis Ullauri at El Doblon

Dec 17, 2018

If you plan your time around what’s happening in Cuenca’s creative community, then this column is for you. Published every Monday, “What’s Happening Under the Domes” highlights the exhibits, concerts, workshops and other not-to-be-missed artistic events scheduled for the coming week. We cannot guarantee a complete listing, but we’ll try our best to keep you informed.

This week:

After a successful opening, the stunning photography exhibition, “ECUADOR Y MÁS: Su Tierra y Su Gente”, by Michael Hamilton, Burt Johnson and Evelyn Johnson continues this week and through January 7. Each photographer has a unique and different style – all beautiful and exciting! Come and see for yourself.

Located at the Miguel Illesdas C. Galleria de Arte on Calle Larga 1-209 y Miguel Angel Estrella. Monday to Friday: 10 a.m.– 7 p.m. and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday, December 17

Cuenca International Chorale Christmas Candlelight Concerts
This year’s concert is under the direction of Maestro Alex Rodríguez with a guest appearance from Cuencordia. It is offered on two evenings, Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18, at 8 p.m. Come early, the church will fill up fast.

Location at the Iglesia Santo Domingo on Gran Colombia y Padre Aguirre. The concerts are free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Estudio de Arte Soriano-Maité Holiday Exhibition at idiomART!

Last week for the painting exhibition of popular artists Claudio Alberto Soriano Vitorino and Maria Teresa Eusebio (Maité). Special holiday prices — a great gift to any art lover!

Exhibition continues through Friday, December 21, Gallery hours are Monday through Friday,from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment.
idiomART location is PresidenteCórdova 1-77 and Manuel Vega.

Tuesday, December 18
Christmas Concert at Teatro Carlos Cueva

The Christmas Concert features choirs from the María José Rodríguez Conservatory, the University of Cuenca, and the University of Azuay with the University of Cuenca Orchestra under the direction of William Vergara.

7:30 p.m. Free.
Location at the Teatro Carlos Cueva on 12 Abril by the University of Cuenca.

Latin musician Luis Ullauri playing this week at El Doblon Restaurant

Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Cover $7
El Doblon is located at Honorato Vazquez 6-60 entre Hermano Miguel y Antonio Borrero

Wednesday, December 19

Painting in the garden with Alberto Soriano
Free painting demonstration with renowned Peruvian artist Claudio Alberto Soriano Vitorino. Soriano is a master at oil, acrylic and watercolor. Demonstration to be held on the cover porch and garden at idiomART.

10 a.m. to Noon
Hot chocolate and cookies to be served – as well as, a cash bar offering refreshing Mimosas!
idiomART (also Estudio de Arte Soriano-Maité) is located Presidente Córdova 1-77 and Manuel Vega, across from the el Centro Coral.

Christmas Concert at the Old Cathedral

Concert features the choirs from the María José Rodríguez Conservatory, the University of Cuenca, and the University of Azuay with the University of Cuenca Orchestra under the direction of William Vergara.

7:30 p.m.Free.
Location is the Old Cathedral on Luis Cordero y Sucre.

Boris Ordoñez Petroff’s Exhibition, “Connections” continues at CVA

Ecuadorian artist Boris Ordonez Petroff work seeks to disturb the observer in order to create interest in the questions that this generates about the state of being, wrapped in a world of uncertainty and confusion where answers are not found in the natural, material, or in the sense of being. This discomfort suggests and proposes that connections and disconnections exist that reveal to us who we are and who we are not. Come see for yourself.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Cuenca VisualArts (CVA)islocated at Calle Larga 3-82 y Vargas Machuca.

Thursday, December 20
Exposición – “Personajesen la historia del Periodismo cuencano”

This exhibition shares the history of Cuenca journalism and offers portraits of notable Cuencano journalists.

Open hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to Noon.
Casa Museo Remigio Crespo Tora is located on Calle Larga 7-27 y Luis Borrero.

Friday, December 21
“La Navidad Morlaca” at Teatro Pumapungo

Actress Juana Estrella based the work on Dicken’s A Christmas Story and casted 8 actors to share about their holiday experiences, sad and happy.
Teatro Pumapungo is located on Calle Larga, next to the Centro Bank building. 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23

Explore South America with your tastebuds!

Sofia Palacios, chef and owner of Sofy Glocal Cuisine, is offering at her home a South American Christmas Buffet on Saturday, December 22. She will be creating specialized dishes from countries south of the equator, including doing an Uruguay traditional roasted whole lamb.

Here are the list of country dishes and drinks offered on this special buffet:
Argentina: Ensalada Rusa y Pionono de Atún
Bolivia: Picana de Pollo
Brazil: Rebanada
Chile: Cola de Mono
Colombia: Buñuelos y Chicha
Ecuador: Rompope y Pristiños
Guyana: Ginger Beer
Paraguay: Sopa Paraguaya
Peru: Arroz Arabe
Trinidad y Tobago: Trini Black Cake
Suriname: Moksi Alesi
Uruguay: Roasted Lamb
Venezuela: Hallacas

Cocktails start at 4 p.m. Food Service from 5 to 8 p.m.
$20 per person. Other drinks and South American wines also available at additional cost.
Reservations only — 096 955 4901 or
Location is at Chef Sofy’s home on Pedro Leon 2-96 y Padre Aguirre, one block from Heroes de Verdeloma.

Cuenca le canta al Niño Jesús

On Sunday, December 23, at 11 a.m. there is a children choir Christmas concert, sponsored by the Dirección Municipal de Cultura Cuenca,

Location is the Museo of the Old Cathedral on Luis Cordero y Sucre.

Coming soon!

Electric violinist Geoffrey Castle is playing three concerts in Cuenca, Ecuador in early January!
“Geoffrey is the coolest and best electric violinist I have ever heard. His repertoire spans Celtic jigs to Jimmy Hendrix. Having played with Roger Daltrey of The Who, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Alan White [from progressive band Yes] . . . Geoffrey’s credentials are world class.” ~ Rick Hubbert

Saturday, January 5, 7:30 p.m. at Azuay Community Theater, next to the Oro Verde Hotel on Av Ordoñez Lasso
Wednesday, January 9, 7:30 p.m. at LIRÓN LIRÓN, on Gran Colombia 9-41 y Benigno Malo with Gatos Negros
Friday, January 11, 7:30 p.m. at Villa San Carlos, on Remigio Tamariz 1-85 y Av. Solano with Gatos Negros
Tickets $20
Available for purchase at Sunrise Cafe on Calle Largo, Thursdays, December 20, 27 and January 3, from 9 to 11 a.m.orat idiomART on PresidenteCórdova 1-77, December 17 through 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What’s Happening Under the Domes is a weekly column by Sara Coppler. Sara has lived in Ecuador for over 5 years. She is an architect by training, who has worked for more than two decades in the field of international development and poverty housing. She is a co-founder of idiomART, a creative community center in Cuenca. Having admired the creative process throughout her life,she describes herself as a “Head Cheerleader for the Arts.” It’sthis enthusiasm that she hopes to bring to this weekly column. You may contact her at and feel free to check out her Under The Domes website at

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