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December 12, 2012
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Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at 8 p.m.


Flamenco guitar legend appears with The Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company


FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 12, 2012 – Named the “Best Flamenco Guitarist” by America’s Guitar magazine for five consecutive years, Paco Peña brings his troupe of brilliant flamenco singers, musicians and dancers to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at 8 p.m. for a tour through the history of flamenco. In this performance titled “Flamenco Vivo,” the journey begins with the most primitive forms of this captivating and passionate art form and travels to the highest levels of modern flamenco, demonstrating the rhythmic complexities of its latest variations. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. This performance is a part of the 2012-2013 Global View series at the Center for the Arts, which is sponsored by HSBC Bank.

Though its origins are debatable, flamenco was born centuries ago in Andalucía in southern Spain and reflects Arabic, Jewish, Christian and Gypsy musical traditions, among others. “One tends to think of flamenco solely as a music of fire and temperament, without being aware that it is more than that,” Peña said on his website. “It is a complete way of life, and is the expression of a deep feeling, which has to do with happiness, love, sadness, death, hardship and the struggle for life.” 

Born in the Andalucían city of Córdoba, Peña began learning guitar at the age 6 and was a guitar prodigy by 12 years old, when he made his first professional appearance. In the 1960s, he skyrocketed to fame in London, where he was embraced for his brilliant solo recitals, which included Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In 1970, he began playing with his own hand-picked company of dancers, guitarists and singers. The Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company has since performed regular seasons in London at the Royal Festival Hall, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Barbican, as well as at other venues across the globe. In 1981, Peña founded the Centro Flamenco Paco Peña in Córdoba, and later became artistic director of the Córdoba International Guitar Festival. In 1985, he became the world’s first professor of Flamenco Guitar at Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. In 1997, he was named an Oficial de la Cruz de la Orden del Merito Civil, an honor bestowed by King Juan Carlos of Spain. Peña resides in London, but frequently spends time in his native Andalucía. 


HSBC Bank is the 2012-2013 Global View Series Sponsor 

at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Tickets for PACO PEÑA’S “FLAMENCO VIVO” are $23, $38, $46. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

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Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs. 


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