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A Grand Cultural Mix

Born in the cultural hotbed and political turmoil that was medieval Andalucia, in southern Spain, flamenco is one of the world’s most distinctive art forms. A typical flamenco dance unfolds rhythmically, slowly, seductively, like a blossoming flower. It is performed over the intensely intimate strains of a song, or cante, usually accompanied by guitar. The arrival of Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca at the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington on May 1, at 7 p.m., affords us the chance to enjoy this hypnotic art form presented by one of the world’s great flamenco companies. Tickets range from $22 to $67. For information, call 413-528-0100. In another mood entirely, the celebrated, original American singer/songwriter John Prine makes his first appearance in Kingston, NY, at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (sponsored by the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie) April 27, at 8 p.m. Prine’s songs have been covered by the likes of Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Bette Midler, and Bonnie Raitt. Raitt’s version of “Angel from Montgomery” became her signature song and is one of the classics of American folk music of the past half-century. This is a don’t-miss concert. The opening act features Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, self-described music-journalists. Tickets start at $44 and are available by calling 845-339-6088 (UPAC) or 845-473-2072 (Bardavon).

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