Dallas — The new season for the Orchestra of New Spain, its 30th, has been announced. It begins this weekend with music of Medieval Christian, Moorish and Sephardic music; continues in February with a staged flamenco production; and has a variety of baroque music.
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The full news release is below:
This 30th season of the Orchestra is particularly exciting and wide-ranging in its offer of music of Spain, with the return of a lively music of the Three Cultures of the Caliphate period, a dramatically staged production of flamenco - with a masculine twist - at the Moody, and of course an array of baroque works for which we are known.
New Spain opens its 2018-19 Season on Sept. 27 with its second Convivencia concert of Medieval Christian, Moorish and Sephardic music, featuring Sephardi vocalist and violinist, Michelle Alany, and returning World Music specialist SMU's Jamal Mohamed. We’ll be exploring the relationships among medieval "Arabic," Sephardic and Christian music in Spain, how the Three Cultures managed to live together in relative peace in that large swath of southern Spain known as Al-Andalus and how they relate to other emerging European music. This concert is being co-sponsored by the City of Allen Public Library on Sept. 28.
Get ready to Olé the drama of flamenco in a program illustrating the history and development of Spanish dance from the 16th to 18th c. in a production of fandangos, folías, zarabandas and toñas, leading to ‘escuela bolero’ and present day flamenco in a program designed by the outstanding Spanish choreographer Daniel Doña in collaboration with the Albuquerque National Institute of Flamenco’s Yjastros company. The Rise of Flamenco is the continuation of a program we introduced in 2012, and will play in Moody Performance Hall February 15th and 16th, as well as in the National Hispanic Center of Albuquerque in March. Educational opportunities will abound for DISD dance students in special workshops, and for the general public in open Master classes with our flamenco artists Daniel Doña and partner Cristian Martin.
Other concerts in the season include a Home Concert in the 'cool' modern house of arts activist Tara Lewis and family with Strings Diva (so defined in Arts & Culture Magazine) Stephanie Raby, whom you'll have heard in the Convivencia concert on several instruments! Christmas at Christ the King is an annual favorite where Spanish and Latin American villancicos share the program with a recently rediscovered Gloria by Handel, to be repeated at Epiphany at St. Philips Catholic Church.
Mozart's Solemn Vespers and Courcelle’s Italian Mass will be heard on Mar 30, then April brings us el Dia de la Lengua event with Spanish literary texts and evocative music at the Dallas Institute of Humanities.
We close with a delightful summer event of French choral gems of Les Six and Ravel for a Paris in the 20s theme, set to dance of the period supplied by Neo-Classical Ballet. Reception to follow!
New Spain is a local baroque chamber orchestra focused on researching and performing on original instruments, the music of Spain and Latin America as well as providing a range of educational opportunities for DISD and other students. You’ll hear beautiful music that no one else is performing.