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Jonathan “Juanito” Pascual Flamenco Ensemble to Perform at Moravian

“One of the hottest flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years.”- National Public Radio

Bethlehem, Pa., October 12, 2007— Led by the distinguished guitarist Juanito Pascual, this compact Flamenco Ensemble presents all of the passion and artistry that has earned its rightful place as a major international art form. The performance will be held Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Hall on the Hurd Campus. General admission is $15 and $10 for senior citizens, students and children.  The concert is sponsored, in part, by WDIY 88.1 FM – listener supported, community public radio in the Lehigh Valley.

In addition to Pascual's guitar, the ensemble features all of the essential components of traditional flamenco performance, namely the dance and flamenco vocals, as well as flamenco percussion. The Quartet's performances feature Pascual's stunning playing and compositions. This lineup treats the audience to a complete flamenco experience, with pieces that feature each of these key elements in solo as well as ensemble format. Audiences will be transported to the south of Spain as they take in the beauty and excitement of the guitar and percussion, the emotional and haunting melodies of the singing, and the breathtaking footwork of the dancer. Each member of the group brings years of experience performing flamenco as well as many other styles of music and dance, adding richness, depth, and a personal touch to this outstanding ensemble. The combined artistry and chemistry of the four performers is sure to have audiences tapping their toes and dancing their way out of the theater after every performance.

Jonathan "Juanito" Pascual has been called " one of the greatest American flamenco guitarists." He is a multifaceted guitarist, composer, and teacher who has performed in styles ranging from jazz and blues, to classical guitar, klezmer, as well as flamenco. Based in Boston, Juanito tours frequently throughout the U.S. and has played for most of the country's major flamenco dance companies including those of Omayra Amaya, Ramon de los Reyes, Jose Greco II, Carlota Santana, La Repompa de Malaga, Ines Arrubla, and Susana di Palma. He has performed in major festivals around the country including Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Albuquerque's Festival Flamenco Internacional, Yale's International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and New York City's Fringe Festival. Juanito has performed as a soloist in venues including Boston's Museum of Fine Arts as a featured artist in their Art of the Guitar concert series in 2000, Boston's Jordan Hall, as well as the Boston area radio stations WERS and WMBR. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory where he graduated with honors in 1997 and was Second Prize winner in the 1996 New England Classical Guitar Competition.
Juanito first picked up the guitar at age eleven, discovering flamenco music at age fifteen. This led him to Spain the following year where he was immersed in the flamenco culture, studying with teachers including Adam del Monte, Parilla de Jerez, Manolo Sanlucar, and El Entri. While at NEC, Juantio's teachers included classical guitarists David Leisner and Eliot Fisk and jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini. Most recently, the Boston based maestro Dimitri Goryachev has mentored Juanito.    

In addition to a busy performance schedule, Juanito is very active as an educator, both as private instructor in the Boston area, as well as lecturer/performer giving frequent presentations and workshops at colleges and schools throughout the country. He is devoted to the pursuit of guitar as a means to revel each individual's unique musical and personal potential, and to sharing the beauty, spirituality, and expressive power of the art of flamenco.

Juanito's first CD "Cosas en Comun," of all original flamenco compositions, received critical acclaim and frequent radio play in the U.S. and abroad. Recent collaborations include: a multimedia production with music by composer Shirish Korde; a guitar concerto with composer Lior Navok; and a chamber opera by Osvoldo Golijov which premiered in 2003 at Tanglewood, with performances in the 2003-4 season at Lincoln Center and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Juanito also co-composed and performed his first film score, an animated short film about Southern Spain.

Foy Hall is located on the Hurd Campus of Moravian College near Main and Church Streets in historic Bethlehem, Pa. For more information, call 610 861-1650, email music@moravian.edu , or visit the website at www.moravian.edu/music.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. For more information, visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.