The Cuenca arts scene is getting more cosmopolitan with each passing year. An excellent example of this is last year’s hiring of Michael Meissner as director and conductor of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra. Recently, I had the privilege of visiting with the maestro at his office in the Pumapungo Theater complex, next to ruins of Cuenca’s Inca temple. A native of Hamburg, Germany, Meissner comes from a long line of organists, cantors, and chorus coaches. In fact, he can trace his musical family tradition back to 1850. “I come from a very long tradition of Lutheran Church organists,” Meissner says. …
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