Returning to Mindo after a challening week, I was pleased that I had just enough time to send an email to say, “I reached home plate,” upload photos for the Timeout post, and walk to the church – less than one minute away. Over the past month, I had often touched base with the world via internet as Leon Rodriguez, known to a few extranjeros as George/Jorge, had been practicing for his upcoming piano recital at Hostal & Restaurant Caskaffesu. Although he performs each week with the popular group of Andean artists (Tribus Futuras), this recital would be his local debut of his beloved classical piano.
Still garnished with holiday-season flowers, the church provided a perfect mood and backdrop for Leon’s music. Luis Alban and Susan Hillman accompanied via guitar on the opening, then weaned the spotlight to Jorge.
For the next hour, Leon captivated all as we sat rapt in wonder as this gentle man shared his gift with us.
Works played in the recital:
Ponchito al hombro – Carlos Bonilla Chavez (Ecuador)
Coqueteos – Fulgencio Garcia (Colombia)
Fon- ron – Ernesto Nazareth (Brazil)
Prelude in C sharp minor – Gnosseinne No 3 – Erik Satie (France)
Moment musicaux No 3 – Franz Schubert (Austria)
Maple leaf rag – Scott Joplin (United States)
Locally, Leon plays with the group Wed – Saturday evenings at Caskaffesu in Mindo and also gives private piano and voice lessons.
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