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Milk and cookies. Peanut butter and jelly. Wine and chocolate. Then there’s this wonderful combination.

Thalía Spanish Theatre will kick off Tango-Flamenco Fusion at its Sunnyside venue on Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. This world premiere show will run until Sunday, July 1.

First a refresher. Tango is a music-and-dance genre from Argentina and Uruguay that often features guitar, violin, flute, piano and bandoneón, which resembles an accordion or concertina. Flamenco is an art form that originated in Southern Spain and is heavy on guitar, hand-clapping, finger-snapping, and castanets.

Both are laced with elegance, passion, sensuality, improvisation, and rhythm.

Thalía’s show features music that was composed, arranged, and directed by Latin Grammy-winning bandoneón master Raul Jaurena, who hails from Uruguay, and flamenco prodigy Diego “El Churri” Amador, who grew up in Seville, Spain.

The goal is to make audiences fall in love with both genres.

Jaurena will play bandoneón accompanied by Amador on piano with additional vocals, violin, double bass, percussion, and a vibraphone. There are three dancers.

The schedule includes shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $40 in advance, but students and seniors can attend for $37.

Founded by Cuban actress/director Silvia Brito in 1977, Thalía has about 100 seats. It is the borough’s only bilingual Latino venue.

Images: Thalía Spanish Theatre


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