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March 11, 2015

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The fingers of Hafez Kotain slapped and tickled his doumbek (a goblet drum used mainly in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe) with such exuberance that the audience hooted their approval. Al-Bustan Resident Takht Ensemble’s Arabic music came in the second half of a program set in the intimate Family Theatre of The Kennedy Center. Kotain’s solo stirred the blood of the audience subdued by hearing the plaintive beauty of the music by Thomas Aquinas, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Manuel De Falla, and the Trio Sefardi. After an hour of epoch-hopping music, multi-media, and narration, the audience was primed for change, whereupon the radiant dancer Sonia Olla entered…

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Sonia Olla, Flamenco Dancer, Transcends with Radiance
Date: March 11, 2015
Post-Classical Ensemble: 18 musicians
Dancer: Sonia Olla
Soprano: Mariana Mihai-Zoeter
Flamenco Singers: Ismael de La Rosa, Ismael Fern√°ndez
Guitarist: Ricardo Marlow
Pianist: Pedro Carbone
Video Artist: Peter Bogdanoff
Reader: Luz Nicolas
Host: Clark Young

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