Chicago Ensemble Espanol

No matter the forecast, June sizzles with international flare. From sultry singing to mesmerizing dance, there's something exciting for everyone. When it comes to celebrating Latin culture in the city, here are four can't-miss events in June.

Chicago Ensemble Español (June 12-23)

Chicago's Ensemble Español celebrates its 37th season in 2013. Their annual American Spanish Dance & Music Festival is a must for flamenco aficionados. The festival kicks off with a performance on June 12 at 8:30 p.m. at Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Square. The festival will also offer over 50 Spanish Dance and Music classes and workshops for beginning and advanced students with international guest artists including former principal dancer of the Ballet Nacional de España Paloma Gomez an elegant dancer and performer. The festival culminates with Flamenco Passion Gala Concerts, a three-day series featuring guest artists and musicians including Carmela Greco and Jose Barrios, bailaor, whose fiery footwork and seducing presence will set the stage alight. 

Buika at the Old Town School of Music (June 15)


A mesmerizing vocalist and composer, Buika's versatile range and dazzling technique breathes depth and exotic warmth to her rendition of Billie Holiday's iconic "Don't Explain," one of the tracks on the newly minted album. "La Noche Más Larga" is intricately infused with soulful resonance. Spanish songstress, Buika, will debut her new album in a memorable Chicago evening at the legendary Old Town School of Folk Music, a neighborhood gem.

Fandango! At the Grant Park Spirit of Music Garden (June 28)

Fandango! A band from East Los Angeles, Cambalache will highlight a popular music genre from Mexico's Gulf coast, son jarocho, at Chicago's Summer Dance, a free family friendly series.

Son Jarocho Exchange Festival (June 29)


The first annual Son Jarocho Exchange Festival kicks off at the Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen with the panel discussion titled, "The globalization of a cultural movement." The discussion will be moderated by ethnomusicologist and co-founder of Sones de México Juan Dies and led by educators, musicians and son jarocho cultural ambassadors in Chicago. The discussion will be followed by a performance by Cambalache.

Written by Amor Montes de Oca / Arte y Vida Chicago

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