Photos and text by Bartley D’Alfonso
Among the many attractions for moving to and living in Cuenca are the city’s many cultural events. Some people, in fact, call Cuenca the cultural capital of South America.
Those who appreciate classical music were treated to two weekend performances by the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra, Friday at the Pumapungo Theater, and Sunday morning at the Old Cathedral, opposite Parque Calderon in the historic district.
The concerts featured the “Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra,” composed by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) when he was only 18. The guest bassoon soloist was Germania Gallegos Allauca (of Ecuador), and the concert was directed by guest conductor and composer German Cáceres from El Salvador. The orchestra also performed Cáceres’ dramatic work “Lacónicas II”.
In addition to works by Mozart and Cáceres, the performances featured the classical music favorite, “Symphony in B-flat Major, Op. 20 “ by French composer Ernest Chausson (1855 – 1899).
The next concerts will feature the “Concerto for Violin, Opus 47” by Jean Sibelius, and “Symphony No. 3, Opus 90” by Johannes Brahms, July 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. in the Pumapungo Theater.
Best of all, the performances of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra are free to the public.
The orchestra is supported by the national ministry of culture and the Cuenca office of cultural affairs.