Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Flamenco in Columbus
Last Friday I drove down to Columbus to spend the weekend with family. My sister-in-law Phyllis had bought tickets for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The concert featured music by Spanish classical composers as well as a performance of flamenco. I really am not an expert on flamenco, but I was rather disappointed in the dance segment of the concert. The dancer was a lady from Cuba who has been a long-time resident of Columbus where she owned a dance studio. It seemed to me that her motions, especially her arm movements, were very stiff and mechanical. I didn't mention anything to Phyllis at first, but later she said that she wasn't impressed and that it was not as good as the flamenco show that we saw some years ago in Spain.
The second half of the program departed from the Spanish theme, and consisted of Dvorak's "New World Symphony", one of my favorites. The orchestra did a very nice job, and I was happy that the program had ended on a good note. But then, the flamenco dancer came out again for an encore and did some more robotic stomping around. Oh well, they say that it is hard to find quality flamenco in Spain. I guess I should not have expected great flamenco in Columbus!