IN PERSON | Soul of Spain: Live Music
SOUL OF SPAIN with YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE
Featuring Manuel Gutierrez, Elinor Sitrish and Andres Vadin
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH | 8 – 10 PM | $25 EARLY BIRD, $30 DAY OF
“An extraordinary testament to music’s transforming power and inspirational reach.” (KCRW, National Public Radio)
In a vivid program, the Yuval Ron Ensemble – with guest gypsy flamenco musicians and dancers – explores the Jewish, Christian, Islamic and Gypsy traditions of Andalusia, Spain. With fiery Flamenco, Moorish-Islamic and Sephardic-Jewish music, fiery dance and fascinating story telling, the program delve deep into the Golden Age of Spain, a time of collaboration between the three Abrahamic faiths, which led to cultural and scientific peak achievements. The sublime and stirring guest gypsy-flamenco artists evoke Andalusia in the Middle Ages and with the Ensemble explore a vision for 21st century as a new time of Convivencia (Living together in harmony), reconciliation and promoting dialogue and collaboration among all communities worldwide.
“Yuval Ron Ensemble, a world-class group… had a big impact on our community in a variety of ways, they are an inspiring, challenging, and memorable group.”
– Judith Eissenberg, Director, MusicUnitesUS
Brandeis University, Boston, MA
“I am deeply touched and impressed by Yuval Ron and the Ensemble. I celebrate their sacred music and peace, as well as their musical skills!”
– Maureen O. Rovegno, Associate Director, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY 14722
“The Yuval Ron Ensemble’s poetry, melodies, rhythms and movements transcend political, linguistic and religious divisions. Ron is a master storyteller, whose soft-spoken sincerity and insights promote human solidarity, serving as a powerful antidote to our pessimism and cynicism.”
– Joel Glick
Oregon Education Association (OEA), Portland, OR
The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the people of the Middle East into a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble includes Jewish, Christian and Muslim artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. Led by Award winning composer Yuval Ron (music for Oscar winning film “West Bank Story”) the Ensemble was invited by King of Morocco to appear at the International Sacred Music Festival of Fez, 2009, had the honor to headline the benefit concert for the Dalai Lama’s initiative “Seeds of Compassion,” appeared in numerous international festivals and have been in residency in America’s top universities. such as Yale University, John Hopkins University, University of Chicago, UCLA, Seattle University and Middlebury College.