Early Music in Costa Rica: Gaby Garro, Recorder Player



National Theater, San Jose, Costa Rica (photo: Richie Diesterheft/Flickr)

In response to a recent blog post by Ramiro Albino and, in particular, the question of youth attendance at Early Music concerts, fourteen-year-old recorder player Gaby Garro composed a well thought-out comment regarding her experience in Costa Rica.

Here’s my translation.

I’m studying the Baroque recorder at Castella Conservatory, an arts academy where I focus on maths and sciences in the morning, and music and theater in the afternoon (and much more). Early Music, especially from the Baroque, really engages me and I take advantage of every opportunity to attend performances.

Generally, I go to concerts at the national theater where a different group is presented every Thursday (from early music to jazz). As a student, I pay 1000 colones [nearly two US dollars]. In reality, it’s cheap.

At the concerts I’ve attended, there have always been young people (I dare say 40%). Perhaps not as young as me, some are from my school while others are studying at municipal conservatories and private academies. There are always students from the University of Costa Rica.

The rest are tourists—you can tell immediately: shorts or dresses (always in sandals) and of warm fabric…—and chubby yet friendly men, who always discuss whether [the keyboard instrument] is a harpsichord or a spinet.

It might be that we have a great society of early music lovers or that the national theater has succeeded in organizing the venues for the “Music at Sunset” series—cheap in cost and promoting them to a larger audience as a way to pass the time while avoiding traffic at the end of the work day—bringing people closer to art.

Because of this, something tells me that early music concerts in Argentina are more or less the same as here. There are few early music groups (as far as I know—two).


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