View of the Spanish city of Toledo (from National Geographic).
· It’s the brave Toreador (or Torera) facing the awesome bull.
· It’s the gypsy Flamenco dancer performing on a warm starry night in Andalusia.
· It’s Lady ‘Ibarruri’ (La Passionara) inspiring folks to live through the Spanish Civil War.
· It’s Hemingway sipping a Spanish cocktail while writing about the same horrible war.
· It’s Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra.
· It’s Cervantes and Don Quixote.
· It’s the cry of Boabdil (the last African King of Spain).
· It’s generations of families out for a beautiful evening stroll in Madrid.
· It’s Zarzuela.
· It’s students at the University of Salamanca discussing the future of Spain.
· It’s socializing after work with Spanish vino and tapas (wine and finger foods).
· It’s the Basque proudly clinging to land and heritage.
· It’s the Spanish-American fiercely proud of their Spanish lineage.
· It’s other folks equally proud of the grandeur of Spain.
· It’s Picasso’s Guernica.
· It’s Goya’s ‘etchings’.
· It’s Ferdinand and Isabella funding Columbus’ voyage to the new world.
· It’s the person on the continent of America suddenly realizing how interconnected the history of Spain is with the history of America and the entire world.
· It’s the impossible dream.
· It’s AO’s 2008-2009 Season-to-Die-for, Passions of Spain.
· It’s all this and much, much more rolled into one of the greatest movements of music ever composed, the 2nd movement of Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Click here to listen/see Xuefei Yang perform this fantastic movement.
Rodrigo … You Rock. And we Salute you!