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Austin Classical Guitar Society Launches FlamencoAustin Series

Updated: Monday, September 10 2012, 08:52 AM CDT
By Rob Faubion, AustinOnStage.com

The concert event with Grisha Goryachev and Jerome Mouffe at The Long Center will include a pre-concert party the City Terrace with free tapas, Spanish wines and flamenco dancing.
 
The Austin Classical Guitar Society and The Long Center will open Guitar Society's new "FlamencoAustin" Series with internationally-acclaimed guitarist Grisha Goryachev with special guest guitarist Jerome Mouffe.  The salute to the fiery musical influences of Spain and the soul-stirring art of flamenco guitar will fill Dell Hall on Thursday, September 13th.
 
The evening begins with a 90-minute, Andalucian themed Flamenco Party on the City Terrace with live flamenco dancing performed by Pilar Andújar and her ensemble.  Concert ticket holders will also enjoy complimentary tapas from Málaga Tapas and Bar and Spanish wines selected for the event by Twin Liquors. At the same time, a celebratory season kick-off dinner with authentic Spanish cuisine will be presented in the Kodosky Lounge for patrons who purchase the event separately.
      
“Grisha is a monumental talent.  He has dazzled audiences all over the world since he was a young prodigy,” said ACGS Executive Director, Dr. Matthew Hinsley. “When we conceived of this exciting new series, he was absolutely the first person I thought of, and I’m delighted he is performing our debut concert.”
      
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles.  He began playing guitar at the age of six, and led an extensive career as a child prodigy.  At nine years of age, Goryachev performed regularly before large audiences in the most prestigious concert halls in the Soviet Union.  Following a tour of Spain, Grisha was invited to play for flamenco legend Paco de Lucía, who personally intervened in support of his application for an American visa, which was awarded in 1997 on the basis of “Extraordinary Ability.”
    
Goryachev is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas.  He strives to keep alive older flamenco masterpieces that now exist only on records, by performing them in concerts and creating his own interpretations of the masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical guitar.
   
Tickets for Grisha Goryachev and Jerome Mouffe in concert range from $27 to $52.  Concert tickets include admission to the Flamenco Austin Party at 6:30 p.m. on the City Terrace with free tapas, Spanish wines and flamenco dancing followed by the concert at 8 p.m. Tickets to the Spanish Dinner in the Kodosky Lounge at 6:30 p.m. are a additional $55.

The Long Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 West Riverside, at the corner of Riverside and South First Street.  For tickets and more information, call (512) 474-LONG (5664) or visit www.AustinClassicalGuitar.org.

(Photo of Grisha Goryachev courtesy Austin Classic Guitar)

Austin Classical Guitar Society Launches FlamencoAustin Series


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