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Ecuador Culture for October: Music and Magic

An incredibly intense schedule of cultural events is set in Ecuador during October.  Soak up the culture of Ecuador by attending one or more of these events.  Cultural suggestions come from Liliya Bykova, an expat living in Quito’s historic Old Town.   This is the first in a series of cultural reports that Liliya will provide over the coming months.

Classical Pianists Come to Ecuador

I would like to start with the concert of two famous pianists:
–Richard Clayderman, France, who has sold more than 70 million records, known for arranging and playing pieces from classical and pop music, performs accompanied by orchestra.
–Raul Di Blassio, Argentina. Performs classical and Latin American melodies.
They will be performing together in two concerts:

Place: Teatro Nacional Casa de la Cultura Quito
Date: October 21
Time: 8 p.m.

Place: Centro de Convenciones, Guayaquil
Date: October 22
Time: 8 p.m.
For tickets call 1-700-TICKET, credit cards accepted.
Tickets start at $88, kind of spendy.

OK, now something more soothing, especially on the pocketbook – a free concert.
Orquestra de Instrumentos Andinos
Place: Municipio de Otavalo
Date: October 29
Time: 8 p.m.

Magic anyone?
School of Magic Arts present:
Espectaculo de Magia
Place: Teatro Variedades Ernesto Alban
Date: October 29, 30
Time: 8 p.m.
Tickets $8.

Credit Cards Not Accepted

You can buy tickets before performances at the ticket office at the Teatro Sucre.   Credit cards are not accepted there so make sure you have your money in $10s or $20s. When we were buying tickets for the opera with a $100 bill, the cashier didn’t have change and we had to go with him to his father’s business to break the $100!!!

Teatro Variedades Ernesto Alban (Music Hall in English) is located at the Plaza del Teatro,
Centro Historico, next to the Cafe Del Teatro (The café, by the way, was closed for 7 days recently for tax-related violations.)

Leo and I attended a concert there recently and were pleasantly surprised.  On the main floor, seating is at tables, covered with white tablecloths, and the public can order food and drink, moderately priced.  They even had shots of vodka!!!!   No, we didn’t order any; we preferred wine.

For more information look at the link below:

Leo and Liliya are at your service: Old Town Quito tours.
Leo’s cell: 098634220  From the U.S. dial 011-593-9-863-4220
Liliya’s cell: 087038310  U.S. dial 011-593-8-703-8310


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