THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™
What is it about Spanish music that lets you know instantly that what you’re hearing is Spanish? The Flavor of Spain explores the exotic cultural influences that create that unique sound. Deep in the lush, passionate and thrilling sound of this music are influences of the Moorish, Greek, Turkish, Italian, French, Sephardic and Flamenco cultures, and you will hear all of these elements in the music of The Flavor of Spain.
This concert series presents in multimedia beautiful examples of this rich genre. In Part 1 of this concert series, we hear the sounds of southern Spain – Moorish, Sephardic, Italian, Flamenco and Andalusian influence – including settings of folk songs from these regions by De Falla, Lorca, Turina, Obradors and others. In Part 2, we listen to the native sounds of northern Spain, including Catalan, Basque and French influence, and hear beautiful music by composers Granados, Guridi, de Iradier, Longas, Obradors, Toldra and Turina. Part 3, Unsung Songs of Spain, showcases little-known Spanish composers, such as Federico Longas, and little-heard songs of better-known composers. Part 4, Noches, Noches, explores the rich and moving musical culture of the Sephardim (Spanish Jews), sung entirely in Ladino.
Audio-visual presentations of images, music and historical points of interest introduce live music, guiding you deeper into the “flavor” of Spanish music. You will leave with an understanding of how this unique sound came into being, as well as a deep appreciation for this amazing genre and the beauty of the Spanish language in song.
Click the links below to view individual programs in this series:
The Flavor of Spain Part 1: Influences of Flamenco, Sephardic, Moorish and Italian cultures
Works of Longas, Taboada, Garcia, Lorca, De Falla, Obradors, Turina
The Flavor of Spain Part 2: Influences of Catalan, Basque and French cultures
Works of de Iradier, Granados, Guridi, Longas, Toldra and Turina
The Flavor of Spain Part 3: Unsung Songs of Spain
Compositions by little-known Spanish composers, as well as lesser-known songs by better-known Spanish composers
The Flavor of Spain Part 4: Noches, Noches
Explores the rich and moving musical culture of the Sephardim (Spanish Jews), a full concert sung entirely in Ladino.
The Spanish Art Song Workshop™
Performance practice, style and history of Spanish art song. A performer’s workshop.
The Sephardic Workshop™
Explores the rich and moving musical culture of the Sephardim (Spanish Jews). Beautiful live performances and recorded examples of this genre, along with a presentation of historical information and performance tips for expressive and authentic presentation.
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