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Spanish Soul featuring guitarist Leah with Ana Ines King and the Latin Ballet (March 23)

Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
VCU Flamenco Festival VII

Guitarist and VCU music alumna Leah Kruszewski currently resides in Seville, Spain, where she has spent the last four years deepening her knowledge of flamenco at the Fundación Cristina Heeren, one of Spain’s most renowned professional flamenco schools. While in Richmond, she founded the flamenco-inspired ensemble Sueños Gitanos and performed extensively as a soloist, with Fado Nosso (Portuguese fado music) and with the Richmond Guitar Quartet (classical guitar). Leah accompanies flamenco singers and dancers in Seville and teaches online guitar classes to students from around the world.

From the passionate fury of flamenco to tango’s forbidden heat, the elegance of classical ballet to the earthen power of modern dance, the Latin Ballet of Virginia uses the expressive beauty of movement to weave the tales and traditions that are the heart and soul of Hispanic culture. Directed by Ana Ines King, The Latin Ballet of Virginia (LBV) combines technical excellence with a soulful depth of emotion and an unwavering commitment to education, diversity and accessibility.

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$15 General Admission
$10 Students
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Flamenco Virtuoso with guitarist Ricardo Marlow and dancer Sarah Jerez (March 24)

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
VCU Flamenco Festival VII

As a young child, Ricardo (Richard) Marlow was introduced to the guitar by his father, the eminent classical guitarist John E. Marlow. He went on to receive a degree from the James Madison School of Music (James Madison University) in 1997. Marlow subsequently took up the flamenco guitar and studied with master, Gerardo Núñez, in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain, and continues to do so yearly since 1999.  In 1997  Marlow began playing professionally as a guitarist for the Arte Flamenco Dance Company featuring Silverio Heredia, Cuquito de Barbate and La Keka, among other guests from Spain, in venues such as The Kennedy Center’s  Millenium Stage and the Baltimore Museum of Art, among others.  He also worked with the Danza del Rio Dance Company and the Paco de Malaga and Anna Marinez Dance Company during this time.

Marlow had the honor and pleasure to accompany the world-renowned flamenco cantaora, Esperanza Fernandez, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in November 2011.

Marlow is a featured artist in the 2013 Flamenco documentary “Sobre las Olas” by Carolina Loyola-Garcia.  Since the release of his debut solo CD “Madera Sonora”, Marlow has appeared for solo recitals and teaching workshops/master classes at numerous venues including Cal State University (CSU) in Fresno, VCU in Richmond, Duquesne in Pittsburgh, Shenandoah Conservatory “Pavan Series” in VA, Academy Art Museum in Annapolis, MD.

Throughout his career as a Flamenco guitarist Marlow has often found himself either on stage or in the recording studio making interesting fusions with many important musicians of other genres, namely Charlie Byrd, Frank Vignola, Canut and Andre Reyes of the Gipsy Kings, Giovanni Hidalgo, Turkish pop star Ege, Jimmy Wilson, Gary and Greg Grainger, Meritxell Negre, Roya Bahrami, The Washington Ballet, Kivanç Oner, Duende Camaron, and many others.

His percussive style of playing is highly sought after by local flamenco artists. He can be seen playing almost nightly at numerous venues in the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas such as Vinoteca and La Tasca, etc.

 

Tickets:
$15 General Admission
$10 Students
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Ricardo Marlow will give a flamenco guitar master class on Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in the James W. Black Music Center Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission is free for this master class.

 


Flamenco Legend: guitarist Torcuato Zamora with dancers Estela Vélez de Paredez and Daniel Paredez (March 25)

Sunday,  March 25, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
VCU Flamenco Festival VII

Torcuato Zamora was born amidst the rhythms and legends of Granada in Spain. At the age of five he moved to Barcelona where he began studying classical guitar. At age fifteen he began giving concerts professionally with his professors Ramon Delgado and Graciano Tarrago. In college, he was a solo guitarist with La Tuna, the traditional Spanish college music ensemble. He has performed for the King and Queen of Spain. His international credits include concerts in Luxembourg, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and Canada.  Zamora came to the United States in the 1960s and since that time has devoted himself to presenting the music of his country, flamenco, as well as classical and South American music and his own compositions. He has toured the U.S. with the Jose Molina Spanish Dance Company. He now resides in Washington, D.C. where he has dominated the Spanish music scene.  Zamora has his own academy of Spanish and classical guitar in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Tickets:
$15 General Admission
$10 Students
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Piano Area Recital (March 26)

Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Free Admission