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This week leading up to Christmas has been filled with holiday  music in Cuenca.  First we went to 2016 Christmas Candlelight Concert put on by the Cuenca International Chorale.  In our opinion, this year was their best  performance ever, and we especially enjoyed hearing Mara Gano. Kudos to the director, Andrea Lyman, accompanied by  Sheila ... Read more


House Concert – The Charango and Estefani

Tonight was another House Concert from Colibri Conciertos, which are hosted in private homes or boutique hotels in Cuenca. Mara Gano (lower right) organizes these special monthly events featuring talented local (and frequently world-class) concert musicians. This month, 30 guests were invited to the home of Greg and Charlene Redenbacher. Guests were treated to hear ... Read more


Music in Cuenca

There is an amazing variety of music talent in Cuenca, most of which you can listen to free.  It is often hard to choose between competing performances, and there are more performances than we can realistically attend each week.  It has been awhile since I have mentioned that fact in this blog, so I thought ... Read more


Belated 4th of July Symphony

As we have noted before, the symphonies in Cuenca are always free, and in this case, jointly sponsored by the US Consulate and the Ministry of Culture .  Tonight was a special  performance of “Portrait of Lincoln”  celebrating 240 years of independence in the United States, featuring all American composers and music, with the Cuenca ... Read more


Niño Viajero 2015, Part 2

The annual Christmas Eve parade happened yesterday in Cuenca.  See here for the first part of this blog post, covering the pre-parade activity.  This part 2 shows some of what the actual parade was like. The parade was led by an angel on horseback.  Mary and Joseph carrying a baby Jesus doll were common, as ... Read more


Niño Viajero 2015, Part 1

Christmas Eve has a massive parade in Cuenca every year.  You can see our blog and photos from prior years here — 2012, 2013, and 2014. In past years, we have photographed the preparations of the floats and participants.  This year we decided to instead go to where the baby Jesus statue was being kept, ... Read more


Art Expo Plus Outdoor Symphony

Saturday will officially kick off the Cuenca Independence celebrations. There are over 300 different events planned in town between now and Tuesday, the majority of which are free.  Cuenca expects 100,000 visitors to come to town over the weekend, and this is in a city with a population of only 450,000, so things will almost ... Read more


Iglesia La Merced Symphony

As we have noted before, the Cuenca symphony is free. They play at a few different venues around town.  Tonight is the first time they have played at the Iglesia La Merced that we can remember.  This church is only a block from our apartment, and we had never been in it, so it seemed ... Read more


Symphonic Fly Fishing

I have fished exactly once in my life, in the 1970’s using lures on the Deschutes river in Oregon.  There is a story behind that one episode, but that would be a diversion here.  For the last couple years in Cuenca, I have heard periodically about a local fishing guide that teaches fly fishing.  I ... Read more


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