Working at ECA has its perks! Last week, Ed, my co-teachers and I were invited to a special concert given by the father of one of my students. Being new to the city, and not wanting to miss cultural opportunities, we accepted the invitation.
Well, apparently this person is a big deal in the Latin Christian music scene. We arrived at the concert and the line was out the door. We didn’t have any tickets so I was nervous about being able to get in. As we approached the door, I tried to explain to the ticket lady who I was and what I was doing. She thankfully flagged down the wife of the performer and gave us special front-section wrist bands. We were escorted to the front of the auditorium and sat down. I looked around and recognized a few of the people in front of us as families from the school. They had their children “greet their profe (teacher)” and we settled into our seats.
A little while later the concert started, and I was impressed by the performance! Apparently it was a CD release concert and was being streamed live via internet. I didn’t know any of the songs, but the blend of Christian and Latin music was fun!
Towards the end of the show, the singer got out a special award he had just been given- a Latin Grammy. That is when I realized just how legit of a performer he was and how much a treat this invitation really was.
As a way to end the show he had his family come up and sing with him. I was able to see my student, along with her family, praise God and worship together- what a fun experience!