Pasión Latina LIVE, July 14th 2018. PART 1
Gloria del Paraguay y Renato Bellucci, Noticias Paraguay TV
Noticias Paraguay, LIVE, Renato Bellucci plays Barrios
(Image Above) My Barrios Mangoré guitar depicted on the 50,000 Guaranies bill. One of the great highlights of Pasión Latina Chapter Paraguay was our visit to Mangoré's childhood home in San Juan Bautista de las Misiones, Paraguay. Guitarist Luciano Pompilio, Soprano Gloria del Paraguay and a film crew to document our every move spent all day visiting and performing in and around Barrios Mangore childhood home. The visit is part of the documentary "pasión Latina" which will be released soon. Harpist Rito Pedersen and guitarist Guido Cheaib were among the other eminent artists that took part in the documentary and that made it possible for this day to go down in Paraguayan history. Luciano Pompilio (Image to the left), -posing with Renato Bellucci under Mangoré's statue in San Juan Bautista, Paraguay- is a great Italian player and performer. He finds his way around the most demanding pieces from the classical repertoire with ease and passion. Barrios Mangoré is perhaps his "specialty". Luciano has been the member of one of all-time greatest guitar duos: Caputo-Pompilio until Mr Caputo's sudden death a few years back. Luciano has toured the world and I had to make sure that his stay in Paraguay would be an unforgettable experience. To visit Agustin Barrios' Childhood home in San Juan Bautista de las Misiones in Southern Paraguay is one of every guitar player dream come true.
Concert Night, July 14th 2018
Concert Night was Saturday July 14th at 20:30 sharp. The venue was the main hall theater "José Asunción Flores" at the Central Bank of Paraguay. It was filled to the top. 1,100 people. Both national and international dignitaries were present at the event among them, the Minister of Culture. The audience was eagerly expecting the opening chords by the renowned Italian guitarist Luciano Pompilio. Luciano was received warmly by the audience and broke the ice with a heartfelt Interpretation of Barrios' "Sueño en la Floresta"... Granados dance #5 and La Catedral soon followed. I soon followed with Barrios' "Una Limosna por El Amor de Dios", Myers' "Cavatina" (Video to the right) and Asturias by Albéniz. You could hear a pin drop such was the silence in the hall. My 1885 restored to new Barrios' guitar was back on stage after 100 years. It was last played in concert by the Paraguayan Master at the "Virgen del Rosario" Church in neighboring Luque, in 1918.