The art of flamenco comes to San Jacinto College South
HOUSTON —Solero Flamenco, the Consulate General of Spain, and San Jacinto College South present the 2011 Houston Spanish and Flamenco Festival, April 14 – 16.
The three-day festival encompasses the passionate art of Flamenco song, guitar, and dance. Flamenco, born from the folklore of the gypsies of Andalucía, Spain, is enjoyed and studied in all corners of the globe. San Jacinto College students and the general public will have an opportunity to learn about the flamenco arts here at home by registering for any of the eight workshops being held by Solero Flamenco founders and festival directors, Jeremías García and Irma La Paloma, along with guest artists Pilar Andújar, Timo Lozano, and Solangel “Lali” Calix. Performances will also be held each night by other participating artists, including local musical group Celt Iberia, who perform the unique sounds of Spanish Celtic music. Vendors will be onsite to offer shopping opportunities, as well as student art exhibits in a variety of media.
“This unique festival unites the collaboration of three entities whose mutual goal is to bring the Spanish and Flamenco arts to the community and provide access to students through performance, instruction, and cultural exchange,” said La Paloma. “The festival offers something for everyone: students, aficionados, dancers, choreographers, singers, guitarists, and enthusiasts.”
Spain’s Pilar Andújar will dazzle audiences, making her Houston debut at the festival. A graduate of the Royal School of Dance in Madrid, Spain, and Classical Dance from the Conservatory of Alicante, Andújar has travelled the world with her art.
“The arts teach us to understand the human experience,” said Dr. Maureen Murphy, San Jacinto College South president. “Our flamenco festival will celebrate a part of our regional heritage, engaging our hearts as well as our minds. I urge you to join San Jacinto College South in supporting this worthy cultural experience for our community.”
The schedule for evening events is as follows:
Thursday, April 14:
- 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.- Celt Iberia- Proscenium Theatre, Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Building
- 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.- Cine Flamenco, “Alma Gitana”- Room 1211, Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Building
Friday, April 15:
- 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.- Noche de Juerga- Andalucía Tapas Restaurant, 1201 San Jacinto, Suite 161, Houston, TX 77002
Saturday, April 16:
- 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.- Culminating flamenco performances: Fin de Festival - Proscenium Theatre, Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Building, General admission $20; Student/Senior $15
All San Jacinto College students and faculty are eligible for free registration for the flamenco workshops by bringing the registration form to the fine arts administrative assistant on the South campus. Space is limited. For more information on registration and a schedule for the workshops, tickets, and other festival information, please visit www.houstonspanishandflamencofestival.com. Please note that seating is limited for Fin de Festival, therefore tickets should be purchased accordingly.
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 nearly 50 years. We are committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s workforce training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of ever-changing industry in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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