Vir­tu­oso plays ben­e­fit con­cert

The Western Star - - NEWS -

THE sound of rolling thun­der and rain on the tin roof pro­vided the per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the sounds of Jaime Jorge’s con­cert on Wed­nes­day night.

The in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned vi­olin­ist pre­sented a ben­e­fit con­cert at Roma State Col­lege, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice.

Sev­enth Day Ad­ven­tist Church mem­ber and the evening’s em­cee, Len Thomp­son, said Mr Jorge had de­voted his life to mu­sic min­istry, tak­ing his tal­ents to six con­ti­nents and 70 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

“He is tes­ta­ment that when you’re good at some­thing, you love to do it,” Mr Thomp­son said.

Mr Jorge fused clas­si­cal and jazz with gospel mu­sic to en­ter­tain the au­di­ence with ren­di­tions of I Will Al­ways Love You, Amazing Grace, El Shad­dai, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

Mr Jorge, who lives in Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee, with his wife, said he had been play­ing vi­o­lin since he was five years old, and his mother was the rea­son he was still play­ing to­day.

“When I was nine I hated prac­tis­ing the vi­o­lin and I told my mother I wanted to flush it down the toi­let,” he said, laugh­ing.

“She had to force me to prac­tise every sin­gle day for 15 years, and I am so grate­ful she did.”

Be­tween hymns and arias, Mr Jorge told sto­ries of grow­ing up in com­mu­nist-oc­cu­pied Cuba in the 1970s.

“My fam­ily was very poor,” he said.

“My mother would stay up all night mak­ing plas­tic flow­ers and then spend the day wan­der­ing the streets of our city to sell them.

“Many years later I found out that that was how she paid for my vi­o­lin lessons every week.”

PHOTO: MAR­GUERITE CUD­DIHY

VI­O­LIN VIRTUOUSO: Jaime Jorge walked a path strewn with plas­tic flower petals on his way to be­com­ing a cel­e­brated, world-renowned vi­olin­ist.

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