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The Sephardic-Latino Connection
Published July 28, 2008

A world culture event showcasing the similarities between Latino and Sephardic music originating from Spain. One performance only at Ford Amphitheatre 2008 summer season on Sunday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m.

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony premieres “The Sephardic-Latino Connection” under the stars at the Ford Amphitheatre on Sunday, August 24, celebrating the similarity of impassioned cries of the cantors and those of the flamenco artists whose roots originate from Spain.


This musical spectacular, conducted by the symphony’s founder/artistic director Dr. Noreen Green, showcases music from the rich Sephardic-Latino cultures, performed by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony as they accompany renowned flamenco guitarist Adam Del Monte and harpist extraordinaire Marcia Dickstein. Enjoy a serenade by Argentinean Cantor Marcelo Gindlin with special guests The Mariachi Divas! This concert promises to be a spirited night to remember as music from Spain illuminates the Latino and Jewish-Sephardic connections.


“The best way to bring people together from their separate worlds is through a musical show,” says Dr. Noreen Green.  “This Cross Cultural program is an amazing opportunity to do just that. This is the essence of the power of music as a universal language….and the spark of life that musicians live for!”  This program is designed to introduce or further familiarize and enlighten L.A. audiences about music that has its roots in the rich cultures of Spain. “With this concert, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony showcases the contributions of Sephardic and Latino music to the cultural diversity of the orchestral music repertoire,” she says.


The exciting evening will open with renowned harpist Marcia Dickstein performing "Concertino For Harp" and "Chamber Orchestra" by composer Mario Castlenuovo-Tedesco, born in Italy to Sephardic parents. Tenor extraordinaire Cantor Marcelo Gindlin will perform a variety of popular Sephardic songs accompanied by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony.  Celebrated guitarist Adam Del Monte will perform the West Coast Premiere of his Ensuenio Flamenco, a work created as a crossover between two profound musical traditions. Following intermission, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony will perform "Granada" by Mexican composer Augustin Lara. The LAJS will  again accompany Cantor Gindlin in "Cantas De Solonica," composed by Gilbert R. Trout and based on three Ladino folk songs as seen through his personal prism - the Ladino language being a mixture of Castilian Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic. The finale of the concert will highlight the Mariachi Divas as they join the LAJS with exhilarating Mariachi pieces including "Mi Ciudad," "Besame Mucho." "Cielito Lindo," and "Avram Avinu." The program is subject to change.


“The Sephardic-Latino Connection” takes place on Sunday, August 24 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $36 & $25 full-time students with valid ID and children (12 and under) are admitted for $12. They may be purchased at or by calling the Ford Theaters Box Office at (323) 461-3673.