BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Every weekend through July 1, the Thalia Hispanic Theatre will host a series of tango and flamenco performances as the result of a collaboration between Latin Grammy winner maestro Raul Jaurena and singer and pianist Diego Amador.
A spokesman for the theater said that the fusion is an ideal combination, considering that flamenco and tango are two of the most significant genres in music, song and dance from Spain and Latin America.
“Both genres are laced with elegance, passion, sensuality, improvisation and rhythm,” the spokesman said.
Jaurena, who is also known as the master of the tango, began his musical journey as a child when his father introduced him to the bandoneon, a type of concertina that was popular in Argentina, Uruguay and Lithuania. Since age 8, Jaurena has joined a number of tango orchestras as a composer and performed solo while touring the world. Through the use of contradicting emotions, Jaurena’s rendition of the tango is unique.
Amador is known as the Gypsy Ray Charles due to his carefree persona when playing the piano and singing.
While the music for the performances is composed, arranged and directed by Jaurena and Amador, the show is produced, designed and directed by the Thalia Hispanic Theatre’s executive director, Angel Gil Orrios.
The performers include singers Marga Mitchell and Amador; musicians Jaurena, Ali Bello, Leonor Falcon, Diego Amador Jr., Felipe Fournier, Juan Diego Villalobos, Yunior Terry, Carlos Mena and Edward Perez; and dancers Yaisuri Salamanca, John Hernan Raigoza and Sol “La Argentinita.”
Tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1880s along the border between Argentina and Uruguay.
Flamenco—which is recognized worldwide for its brightly colored dresses with ruffles worn by women dancers—is a folkloric musical tradition of southern Spain that was first practiced in Andalusia, Extremadura and Murcia.
For decades, the Thalia Hispanic Theatre has celebrated the vibrancy and diversity of the Spanish and Latin American culture with unique productions of plays, musicals and dance. This year, the theater has hosted a variety of musical fusions and mash-ups to integrate different cultures.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $40 or at the door for $45. Tickets for students and seniors are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.
For more information, visit http://www.thaliatheatre.org.
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