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Viva El Flamenco at the Odeon Theater In Mason
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 • Posted April 8, 2009

Teye and Viva el Flamenco bring to Mason the passionate and seductive art form of Flamenco. The guitar and dance ensemble will be performing on stage April 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Odeon Theater in Mason. The concert is another fundraising event to help restore the old theater. Reservations are a $15 donation per person.

Viva el Flamenco is Teye, Jessica Ann Ahr and Karen Vilches. Teye has studied Flamenco guitar with some of the greatest Flamenco guitarist in the world and has performed as a flamenco guitarist in countless solo shows, in guitar duos, in various dance companies and ensembles: in Holland, Germany, France, Belgium, England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Czechoslovakia, México, Canada, and the USA. While Flamenco is his first love, he has played with Joe Ely, Bruce Springsteen, Carmen Cortes, Dwight Yoakam, Rosie Flores, David Lindley, Rick Treviño, Rosanne Cash, and Lyle Lovett.

Jessica Ann Ahr is trained in both Spanish Classical Dance and the fiery art of Flamenco. She has had first hand instruction from Flamenco legends: Sabas Santos, La Vicci, Eva “La Yerbabuena,” Antonio Vargas, Antonio Granjero, Estefania Ramirea, y Francisco “Yiyi” Oroszo. She has been performing regularly since the mid-1990’s: first in Teresa Champion’s “Fiesta Flamenca” and later with Beatriz Aguilar Murphy’s “Ballet de Casa España.”She is an integral part of Beatriz Aguilar Murphy’s Grupo Flamenco ¡España Viva! .

Karen Vilches represents a new generation of youth promoting international cultures and movements. She began her training in flamenco dancing in San Antonio under the instruction of Beatriz Aguilar and Grupo España Viva. During this period she had the opportunity to perform in local flamenco tablaos including “Don Quixote,” and “Carmen de la Calle”.

Together,Teye and Viva el Flamenco arouse the common image of Andalucia, Spain—one of colour, romance, and passion, and the lone figure of the matador in the bullring, cape and sword in hand beneath the burning afternoon sun, and the equally gypsy art of flamenco seem to somehow go hand and hand.

For more information or to make reservations, please call Dennis or Kay Evans at 325 347 6781 or email at Also check the website Guests are invited to bring a snack to share. You may also bring your favorite beverage. Concessions will also be open. The Odeon Preservation Association is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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