TWA Layovers: Del Hotel Plaza al Cielo

TWA Layovers: Del Hotel Plaza al Cielo »

10 Jun, 2022
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During my thirty years as a TWA flight attendant, I spent many a layover at the Hotel Plaza. Whether coming off a new Boeing 707 in the sixties, the whale-sized 747 in the eighties or a sleek 767 in the nineties, the Plaza was my home away from home. The hotel was nestled inside the Edificio España, wrapped in a cozy cocoon of cafeterias, bars, restaurants and watering holes that catered to all tastes. There always seemed to be fruit floating in the water of the pool in the top floor from someone's sangria. And once in a while, a naked Maja was seen running across the balcony chased by a Don Juan Tenorio.

YOUR UNIQUE INITIATION INTO THE ZARZUELA. FREE & FABULOUS!

YOUR UNIQUE INITIATION INTO THE ZARZUELA. FREE & FABULOUS! »

21 Mar, 2022
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Various experts will talk on the zarzuela, the iconic Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that boasts spoken and sung scenes. The songs, that are danced to, incorporate operatic and popular songs. One can't presume to know Spanish culture without at least a basic knowledge of the zarzuela. So why not sign on to the "Encuentros Singulares"?

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Renaissance Quartet — Middle Ages Music Re-Created”, 11 December 1970

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Renaissance Quartet — Middle Ages Music Re-Created”, 11 December 1970 »

11 Jul, 2021
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Could you believe it? "The organ grinder and light operas called zarzuelas are considered quaint among Madrid’s young sophisticates." And that's supposed to be a sign that "Madrid is rapidly becoming as culturally cosmopolitan as other great European cities" and that the nation's capital is "certainly musically coming of age." That, at least, is what Guidepost had observed on 11 December 1970.

THE SUMMER FESTIVAL IN MADRID IS NOT OVER YET! GIVE A LISTEN.

THE SUMMER FESTIVAL IN MADRID IS NOT OVER YET! GIVE A LISTEN. »

10 Aug, 2020
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Here are some of the places you could still go to and have a taste of the new normal in the nation’s capital with the lingering good old Madrid spirit to underpin it. Surely, the lousy corona can’t put that great spirit down! (Maybe there’s a little sadness, but it won’t be there forever.)

A Second Opinion: Spain and the Guitar–Essentially Inseparable! »

31 Jan, 2020
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The heart and soul of the guitar will always be found in  Spain, and no electric guitar or country-western style can hold a candle to Granada’s cultural icon

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “MADRID: A VIEW FROM ‘DOWN UNDER’,” 29 JULY 1983

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “MADRID: A VIEW FROM ‘DOWN UNDER’,” 29 JULY 1983 »

4 Aug, 2019
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Rodney Ward, like many back-packing ‘cowboys’ of the mid-seventies, first arrived in Madrid in 1975 and was at once struck by Spain’s fine old capital city. Although planning to move on within a few days, the Magic of Madrid compelled him to stay for two years. Only then did Rodney Ward set off back to Australia. Does he miss Madrid? “It’s always nice to come home,"he says, but Madrid gets in the blood.

THE MAKING OF “ROMANZAS DE ZARZUELA”, NEW YORK, AS TOLD BY A MEMBER OF THE CAST

THE MAKING OF “ROMANZAS DE ZARZUELA”, NEW YORK, AS TOLD BY A MEMBER OF THE CAST »

2 Apr, 2019
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When I received an email from Jim Furlong, Director of Arts for the Hudson Guild, seeking community members for “Romanzas de Zarzuela,” I knew I had to try out for it. Furlong explained that he was a big fan of a recording called “Romanzas de Zarzuela” sung by Spanish operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé and they pretty much honored the structure and flow of the original recording. “However, I did interject five piano solo numbers," Furlong said. The show is divided into 13 Scenes, with dance numbers for children, youth, elders, males, females and the entire company -- "an experience that's joyful." Furlong and Westerby of the Matthew Westerby Company are already planning their next projects!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. JOIN THE FIESTA OF THE VIRGEN DE LA PALOMA!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. JOIN THE FIESTA OF THE VIRGEN DE LA PALOMA! »

13 Aug, 2014
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Summer in Madrid won’t be summer without the fiesta of the Virgin of La Paloma. The feast falls on the 15th of August but as is typically Spanish the celebration lasts days. Thank god for this inexhaustible capacity to have fun without even trying! The focal point of the festivities is the historic barrio of La Latina, presumably Madrid’s most castizo (genuinely Madrileño) district.

STATESIDE STORIES: Music Moments, Then and Now, in Spain and in America

STATESIDE STORIES: Music Moments, Then and Now, in Spain and in America »

7 Mar, 2014
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Nobody can take the reader from the chotis, so popular in Spain since the 19th century, to “American Idol” in the States today like Ms Foran can !