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NY Flamenco Festival 2008 To Kick Off in February
Published December 14, 2007

The World Music Institute (WMI) and Flamenco Festival Inc. present New York's eighth annual celebration of flamenco starting February 8.

New York's annual flamenco celebration, now in its eighth year, features dancers, vocalists and guitarists direct from Spain in a mesmerizing display ranging from flamenco puro to innovative new works. This year's festival includes artists who were highlights from previous years: celebrated dancers Merche Esmeralda, Eva Yerbabuena, and Rocio Molina vocal giants Carmen Linares and Miguel Poveda guitar maestros Tomatito and Juan Carlos Romero and the captivating Latin Grammy-nominated group Son de la Frontera. New to the festival are two rising stars - vocalist Diana Navarro and dancer Pastora Galvan in her New York debut - and the superb dancer Belen Maya. The festival includes for the first time the participation of Mario Maya, who will be directing the gala program, Mujeres. The New York Flamenco Festival 2008 is dedicated to the vitality of the flamenco arts of Andalucia, the birthplace of flamenco.

The festival line-up is as follows:

Fri, Feb 8 - 8 PM
CARMEN LINARES * MIGUEL POVEDA
JUAN CARLOS ROMERO * PASTORA GALVAN
Program: Cuatro Esquinas (Four Corners)
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street, NYC
Tickets: $55, $45, $35. Box office (212) 840-2824 or Ticketmaster (212) 307-4100.

Sat, Feb 9 - 8 PM
TOMATITO
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street, NYC
Tickets: $55, $45, $35. Box office (212) 840-2824 or Ticketmaster (212) 307-4100.

Fri, Feb 15 – Sun Feb 17 - 1 1/2 hours before curtain
ANDALUCIA LOUNGE
Special free pre-concert dance classes for City Center ticket holders only at mezzanine lobby at City Center. Tapas and Spanish wines available at concession stand.

Fri, Feb 15 - 7:30 PM
GALA FLAMENCA
MERCHE ESMERALDA * BELEN MAYA * ROCIO MOLINA
Special guest DIANA NAVARRO. Directed by MARIO MAYA
Program: Mujeres (Women)
New York City Center, W. 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, NYC
Tickets: $85, $75, $45, $30. Special $200 tickets include reception with artists. Call (212) 545-7536 for gala details. CityTix® (212) 581-1212.

Sat, Feb 16 - 8 PM & Sun Feb 17, 7PM
BALLET FLAMENCO EVA YERBABUENA
Program: Santo y Sena (Signs and Wonders)
New York City Center, W. 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, NYC
Tickets: $75, $60, $40, $30. CityTix® (212) 581-1212.

Sat Feb 23 - 8PM & Sun, Feb 24 - 7PM
SON DE LA FRONTERA