Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) is excited to host an enchanting evening of multicultural music and dance.
Jácome Flamenco’s nationally-acclaimed ¡FlaMÉXico! is a unique concert experience that blends Spain’s Gypsy and Flamenco distinctive musical and dance style with the rich melodies of Mexico’s Mariachi and charro music. The passion of ¡FlaMÉXico! and the skill of this world-class ensemble of musicians, singers and dancers create a riveting celebration of culture that is not to be missed!
Often described as the “Blues” of Southern Spain, dating as far back as the 15th-Century. Flamenco evolved out of the traditions of several cultures including those of the Gypsies, the Moorish Arabs, the Jewish and the indigenous Southern peoples of Spain.
“My shows and my music are a celebration of culture. My inspiration comes from my Mexican heritage combined with the richness of flamenco. Through ¡FlaMÉXico! we capture the grace and passion of charro and gypsy music, creating a one-of-a-kind tapestry of music and dance.”— Chris B. Jácome
Creator and artistic director of ¡FlaMÉXico!, Chris B. Jácome is an award-winning composer and one of the most in-demand flamenco guitarist in the U.S. Born and raised in Tucson, Chris mastered Spanish guitar under the tutelage of world-renowned masters in Sevilla, Spain. The recipient of the Grand Prize and the John Lennon Award in the World Category for his song “Ritmo-Canix” from his album Levanto, Chris’ compositions have been featured in films as well as the Emmy Award Winning PBS television special: Flamenco.
“Seeing this group live is SUCH a joy! There is such love, passion and beauty that flows out of each member!”– A. Aviles, show attendee
There will also be a special guest performance by the Classical music duo: violinist Anna Gendler and pianist Alexander Tentser during the reception from 2:30 to 3pm.
For the past 28 years, the Jewish Russian-born husband and wife team have made Tucson their home. A violinist for the Tucson Symphony String Quartet, Anna trained at the Moscow Conservatory while Alexander studied piano at the Russian Music Academy and later completed doctoral studies at the University of Arizona.
Both Anna and Alexander are music faculty members at Pima Community College in Tucson where Alexander also directs the Pima Community College Orchestra in works of Baroque, Classical, and Modern composers. They regularly collaborate in violin and piano duets locally with Daystar Chamber Ensemble, Tucson Chamber Artists and the St. Michael’s Chamber Players. Anna and Alexander’s individual and combined talents and accomplishments have contributed in countless ways to the Jewish community and the enrichment of Tucson’s diverse musical culture.
At Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona we’re committed to honoring the beliefs, choices, values and differences of our community and the people we serve. Guided by the Jewish tradition of healing the world with loving kindness, for over 75 years, JFCS has helped improve the lives of thousands of children, families, adults and seniors regardless of faith, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, age, or ability to pay.
In keeping with our commitment to reduce health inequities and foster cultural awareness, JFCS is proud to host this wonderful multi-cultural event in memory of Fred Fruchthendler, Past Chair of JFCS and esteemed community leader..
Proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go toward direct mental health and community services.
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-sectarian mental health and community services agency providing person-centered counseling, therapy and support services to people who are dealing with anxiety, depression, family conflicts, loss of a loved one, and other mental health issues. JFCS depends on the generosity of the Tucson community to fund the quality clinical and social services offered to everyone who walks through our doors. Learn more at www.jfcstucson.org