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Friday | 4 p.m.

October 29, 2021

Quick Members Free | Single Tickets $10 | Fairfield University Students Free

In the 1850’s a dance from Cuba came back to Spain, where its ancestor had originated, changed in the New World by African influence. Europeans called the new dance the Habanera, which literally means, “That thing from Havana.” The Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen is the most famous of a number of European Habaneras. In the New World, the dance begins a related series of great dance rhythms, including the tango, and what the early jazz musicians called “The Spanish Tinge.”

This presentation features Debussy’s Habanera, “The Gate of Wine,” and includes Habanera/tango music by Scott Joplin (“Solace”) and the great Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth (“Perigoso—Dangerous”).

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