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Ecos de España: Spanish classical & flamenco music & dance
July 11 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree
Topanga Library hosts two solo performers, dancer Susana Elena and Spanish classical guitarist Bryan Fasola, who present a program of music and dance from Spain and Gypsy Spain. This is a family event and free to the public. Susana presents selected choreographies from Spain’s classical, theatre and flamenco traditions. Expect to see “Guajira,” a mix of flamenco and Cuban rhythms, as well as an excerpted selection from Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Españo.” Bryan plays a selection of the timeless compositions created for the Spanish guitar, such as “Asturias” and “Recuerdos de la Alhambra.” Each artist provides a brief introduction to his/her number. This program includes interactive participation, especially for children. The audience will learn how to clap to a flamenco tango rhythm, and children are invited onstage at show’s end to participate in a flamenco tango danced with scarves. Afterwards an introductory workshop in how to play the castanets is offered. Susana Elena has studied flamenco in Madrid, Jerez de la Frontera and Sevilla, Spain. Bryan Fasola has a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from USC’s Thornton School of Music. He is a prolific performer, a composer and a professor of guitar studies at the University of Northridge.