Flamenco festival to feature lively music, singing, dancing
05.18.2015 | By Rob Vanya
San Jacinto College music professor Jeremy Garcia, and singer-dancer Irma La Paloma will join many other artists to perform lively and moving music, singing, and dancing at the upcoming Houston Spanish & Flamenco Festival. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
Public can learn flamenco arts at workshops
The San Jacinto College Central Campus will host the Houston Spanish & Flamenco Festival, featuring rhythmic dancing, masterful guitar playing and percussion, and soulful singing. The festival includes performances and workshops that run from Tuesday, May 26 through Saturday, May 30 at the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, and Slocomb Auditorium, located at 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena.
Eleven public workshops throughout the festival will feature instructions and demonstrations in flamenco music, singing, and dancing. The workshops are designed for anyone wishing to learn about Spanish and flamenco arts, and will be presented by skilled artists who will be performing at the festival.
A special feature will be “The Poetry of Flamenco,” a multimedia educational presentation by flamenco performer and historical expert Julio de los Reyes. The presentation is free, and open to the public, and will take place on Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30 at 6 p.m. in the Powell Arena Theater, located adjacent to Slocomb Auditorium. De los Reyes will explore flamenco lyrics, their meaning, history and treatment by the great flamenco cantaores (singers) demonstrated in video presentations and personal anecdotes. De los Reyes, from Málaga, Spain, has witnessed the evolution of flamenco arts during his lifetime as a guitarist and performer.
The festival’s key performances, featuring an international lineup of flamenco artists, includes:
• Momentos – featuring Houston’s premier flamenco performance company Solero Flamenco, which will be joined by guest artists in a performance of spirited song, guitar, dance, and violin on Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. Solero Flamenco includes San Jacinto College music professor and skilled guitarist Jeremy Garcia, singer and dancer Irma La Paloma, percussionist Chris Howard, and performers Solangel Lali Calix, Edith Nino, and José Antonio Bersabé Romero. Solero Flamenco will be joined by guest artists dancer Francine La Rubi in her Houston debut, and by Mary Papoulis, concertmaster of the Great Falls Symphony.
• Flamenco! – featuring a stellar cast of internationally renowned artists performing on Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. José Valle “Chuscales,” a skilled dancer, composer, and virtuoso guitarist of true gypsy heritage, will be joined by acclaimed singer José Cortés, percussionist Enrique Chavez, and dancers Manuel Gutierrez, Juan Siddi, and Mina Fajardo.
“We firmly believe in the worth and relevance of this non-profit effort,” commented La Paloma, co-founder of Solero Flamenco and the Houston Spanish and Flamenco Festival. “Through exposure, interaction, and cultural exchange, we can responsibly educate and celebrate these arts, which are a part of our Texas heritage.”
Please visit hsffestival.com for information about workshop schedules, artists, performance times, and admission costs.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.