Cuenca’s first Viva Vivaldi festival continues tonight through Sunday at area churches. The festival opened last night to a nearly full house at the recently renovated iglesia San Blas in the historic district.
For the festival, the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra has been divided into three Baroque orchestras, supported by chorus and soloists. All concerts are free.
Friday night, the chamber symphony will perform at the Old Cathedral at 8 p.m. under the direction of conductor Michael Meissner. Alina Komissarowa is the soloist.
On Saturday, the performance is at iglesia La Merced at noon, with Cristian Tacuri directing.
There are two performances on Sunday, the first at the Old Cathedral a 11 a.m. with Alex Rodríguez directing, repeating the Thursday night program. The concert includes the Children’s Choir of the José María Rodríguez School of Arts. Soloists are Paulo Morocho Guamo, Clarinet, Miguel García Asitimbay, Bassoon, Paola Zambrano Loayza, Piccolo, and Vanesa Regalado Argüello, Soprano.
The fifth and final performance is outdoors on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Plaza of iglesia Señor de la Buena Muerte in the Octavio Cordero Palacios parish.