A string concert in Boquete

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By Milagros Sánchez Pinzón

On Saturday, August 23 at 4 p.m. the Boquete Library will host four guest musicians invited to perform by Panama’s “Fundación Sinfonía Concertante,” the non-profit organization founded in 2008 best known for orchestrating the Alfredo Saint Malo Classical Music Festival each year.

 Isaac Casal

Isaac Casal

 Luis Casal

Luis Casal

On this occasion, the Foundation will present violinist Luis Casal, viola player Mario Torres, violoncello player Isaac Casal and contrabass player Josué Ramírez.

Isaac Casal, director of “Fundación Sinfonía Concertante,” is a Panamanian musician recognized at home and on the international scene. He has participated in many functions as a recitalist, soloist and as a member of chamber groups and orchestras that have played in North and South America, Europe and Africa. He is a cello instructor at the Louisiana State University Performance Art Academy where he is also a Candidate Doctoral student of Musical Arts. He also maintains a private violoncello studio in Baton Rouge.

Luis Enrique Casal, another artiste performing in Boquete, is one of Panama’s most recognized violinists who has represented the country in Spain, the United States, France, England, Italy and Japan. He is vice-president of “Fundación Sinfonía Concertante” and a violin and viola instructor at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in New York.

Be sure to catch the duo, trio and quartet performances by these extraordinary musicians interpreting pieces by Johan Halvorsen, Mark O’Connors, Arvo Pärt and Astor Piazzolla.

Tickets are on sale for $15 at the Boquete Library and Culturama in the Old Quarter of David, Chiriquí. More information can be found by searching for “Fundación Sinfonía Concertante de Panamá” on Facebook.

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