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Olé! Latin-themed Gala for Close Encounters With Music

The annual gala for Close Encounters With Music  on Sunday, June 12, at 4 p.m. promises to be “a kaleidoscope of sizzling Latin American and Spanish folklore and rhythm — with original choreography by the magnificent Cuban dancer Irene Rodriguez punctuating and adorning some of the music,” according to the organization’s artistic director, Yehuda Hanani.

Works performed will include Manuel de Falla’s Fire Dance and Suite Populaire Espagnole, Ernesto Lecuona’s (he was the Gershwin of the Latin American world) Andalucia and Malaguena, Pablo de Sarasate’s Zapateado and Carmen Fantasie, Granados’ Los Requeibros from Goyescas, and Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion piano trio.  Cuban composer Jorge Martin’s Recuerda, a soulful and gripping work, will receive its first Berkshire performance.   There will also be an authentic flamenco dance and guitar interlude.

The performance will be at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass. A limited number of Patron Package tickets at $175 are available, with seats at the concert and dinner afterward.

Call 800-843-0778 or go online to www.cewm.org.

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