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A Center for the Arts will feature Flamenco and Mediterranean Music from Spain: Las Migas

A Center for the Arts in downtown Fergus Falls will host the Flamenco and Mediterranean Music from Spain: Las Migas on Oct. 8.

LAS MIGAS is unique among Spanish music groups, a fascinating blend of Flamenco and Mediterranean styles combine classic and contemporary rhythms, and melodies that range from powerful to passionate to playful.

Making their North American debut, Las Migas will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 at A Center for the Arts in downtown Fergus Falls. This is the first performance in AC4TA's 2016-17 Center Series.

Four women of Las Migas come from four different cities that span not only the geography of Spain but also its cultural diversity—Barcelona, Sevilla, Cordoba and Lerida. The two Andalusians are the guitarists: Marta Robles, the veteran, and Alicia Grillo, the most recent and youngest musician of the group. The two Catalans are Alba Carmona on vocals and Roser Loscos on violin. They all came to the group with one common passion: Flamenco. You can hear it in the rhythms of the guitarists, the dancing violin lines, and the raw power of the vocals.

Latin rhythms give the music a happier, more upbeat sound. A sensitive side began to emerge with beautiful ballads as Alba expanded her emotional range, the violin lines became more pensive and the guitar arrangements became more complex and intertwined. The dance became more interpretive and free-flowing. The new Las Migas style was established, and has thrived.

From the beginning, the Barcelona-based quartet has filled big theatres and has performed in some of the most important world music festivals. Their new music is more luminous, with a strong Latin touch. Their style on stage, from their clothing to their makeup to their staging, reflects a richness that enhances the impact of the music.

Sponsors for the 2016-17 Center Series are: Victor Lundeen Company, City of Fergus Falls, American Federal Bank, Fergus Falls Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Green Plains Ottertail, Best Western/Falls Inn and Suites, AmericInn, Design Intent Architects, 831 Web with Tim Litt, Lake Region Healthcare, Otter Tail Power Company, Northern Lakes Dental, American National Bank, and Pemberton Law Offices.

The 2016-17 Center Series is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council.

AC4TA activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant.

The mission of A Center for the Arts is to connect artists and audiences by providing the best possible art experiences that inspire imagination, curiosity, creativity and learning. Individual tickets are available, $22 adults and $6 students. Tickets can be purchased online at FergusArts.org, phone 218-736-5453 or box office at 124 W. Lincoln Ave., downtown Fergus Falls.

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