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