Boquete may be a small mountain town in Panama, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get a dose of culture from time to time! A few times a year, the Boquete Library Foundation stages musical recitals that are consistently great. The Foundation typically features up-and-common Panamanian musicians and groups that are on the fast track to international recognition, and the performances are top-notch.
Last Sunday, we attended the latest of these – a chamber group called “Ensemblast,” lead by well-known Panamanian cellist Isaac Casal (wonder if he’s related to famous cellist Pablo Casals?). They played a stunning and eclectic program that ranged from the haunting “Schindler’s List” overture by John Williams to Appalachia Waltz by Mark O’Connor. The biggest bonus: we got an introduction to the music of Astor Piazzola, an Argentine and a legendary composer of tango music. With this fabulous music, they took us instantly back to everything we loved about our visit to Buenos Aires – its theatricality, wrapped up in mystery, romance, and a dash of the macabre.
Where else can you attend a live performance of this caliber for $15 a ticket? Just another reason to love this expat life in Boquete!
I wish I could find a video of an Ensemblast performance, but here’s one of the tunes they played for us – “Invierno Porteño,” as performed by Piazzolla himself.