FIESTA FINALE 2002, Sunday, August 4th

in the Garden for those 12 and under
Co-chaired by Scott & Lisa Burns
Assisted by Las Senoritas and
Village Park Child Care Center

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Performances by
Thea Vandervoort (and your children!)
Jr. Spirit of Fiesta and her dancers

Fiesta Crafts
Lego - Build the Courthouse
Costume Dress Up Closet
Pinatas and Ice Cream

in the Anacapa Gallery
Honorary Hostess Diana Vandervoort
A rare opportunity to view historic Fiesta posters, along with a display of vintage photos and drawings of the Courthouse, El Paseo & The Lobero Theatre.

Special Presentation of Children’s Fiesta Art Competition, Judged by Lois Capps, US Representative - 22nd Congressional Dist.

Mistress of Ceremonies, Erin Graffy de Garcia
Francisco Martinez Dancetheatre - Excerpts from Cinnamon Flower

Traditional Peruvian songs sung by Maria Dolores Pradera
Dancers: Veronica Apodaca-Mendonca, Anoush Arakelian, Noune Diarbekirian, Gregg Engel, Jennifer Nunes, Tina Nunes

Tihana Herceg - Songs of Spain
Renee Hamaty, accompanist

Nancy Colahan - Cante Flamenco
State Street Ballet - Mi Corazon
Music by the Gipsy Kings
Dancers: Jennifer Batbouta and Alberto Colon

Robert MacNeil - Selected Arias
Martin Green, accompanist

Greetings from Larry Crandell
Fascinating Rhythm - ChaTango!
The Martinez Brothers - Magical Latin Rhythms
Living Art with Marcellina de Luna - Amanacer
Antonio de Jerez, Singer; Antonio Triana, Guitarist;
Miguel "El Pato" DeSousa, Percussionist
Closing Prayer - Father Virgil
Closing Song - Adios Amores

About the Performers

Erin Graffy de Garcia
Ms. Graffy de Garcia is well known in Santa Barbara, serving on the board of Old Spanish Days and writing two popular books on our fair city. She also holds a degree in Music from Pepperdine University.

Francisco Martinez Dancetheatre
The founder was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, where he studied Mexican Folk Dance and Flamenco at La Casa de la Cultura. He received his formal training at University of Arizona, Texas Christian University, and with Nikolai/Louis Dance Labs, Martha Graham School and The Harkness Ballet. The Francisco Martinez Dancetheatre was founded in 1981, and he was the recipient of the 1999 and 2000 Lester Horton Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. Tonight the company debuts "Three Peruvian Dances" to the music of traditional Peruvian songs sung by Maria Dolores Pradera.

Tihana Herceg and Renee Hamaty
Singing the songs of Manuel de Falla "Jota" and "Polo", as well as "Siempre en mi corazon" by Ernesto Lecuona and Garbriel Ruiz’ "Amor", Ms. Herceg graces our stage with her beautiful voice, straight from the Republic of Croatia.

Nancy Colahan
Contemporary dance star Nancy Colahan, who has toured internationally with Mikhail Baryshnikov and other major dance companies, brings her powerfully expressive talents to "Cante Flamenco", a work inspired by La Passionara, a Spanish freedom fighter. This deeply moving work was choreographed by Jane Dudley in 1944.

State Street Ballet
Founded in 1994 by Rodney Gustafson, the company is represented by a talented international cast and attracts guest artists from some of the finest companies in the world. Tonight romance is in the air when Jennifer Batbouta and Alberto Colon dance "Mi Corazon" ("My Sweetheart") to music by the Gipsy Kings with choreography by Rodney Gustafson. State Street Ballet performs its exciting and varied repertoire nationally and internationally.

Robert MacNeil
A recipient of numerous awards including first place in the Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Auditions, Mr. MacNeil has recently performed with the Oregon Symphony, New West Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Cascade Festival of Music, William Hall Master Chorale, Bakersfield Symphony, Sacramento Choral Society, Angeles Chorale, and Long Beach Opera. He can be heard on the Koch International label of the recent recording of Aaron Copland’s "The Tender Land," with Murry Sidlin conducting. In 1998 Mr. MacNeil made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in Britten’s The World of the Spirit.

A Fascinating Rhythm
David Alvarez and Julia Maluta created the company 5 years ago. Prior to that time they worked as partners and competed professionally for three years. Alvarez and Maluta are esteemed for their accomplishments in professional competitions and as teachers. They now train students in social and competitive dancing, preparing them for competition across the country.

The Martinez Brothers
Martinez Brothers, a Santa Barbara native musical family, has played Fiestas in Santa Barbara for three decades. Their traditional instrumental Latin-American music, for listening and dancing pleasure, is a highlight of the Fiesta Finale Performance.

Marcellina de Luna
An acclaimed dancer of flamenco, Ms. de Luna has performed extensively in Spain and throughout the United States, including with Placido Domingo and the Los Angeles Opera, and with Andy Garcia in the feature film "Lorca." Marcellina has also created her own company, Califa Danza Flamenco. Tonight as "the painting that comes to life" she dances "Amanacer," translated to "Dawn," a traditional flamenco piece in the form of "Alegrias," depicting joy and the possibilities within all of us at a new dawn.

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Announcing the VIP Pass to Santa Barbara - City of the Arts.
We are offering a "behind the scenes" tour package including luxury accommodations, and visits to special collections, historic homes, private art studios and meet-the-artist receptions following performances -- a unique opportunity to enjoy cultural travel while supporting the arts. This special fund-raiser will garner media attention and bring the donations of art lovers from beyond Santa Barbara. Several tours are scheduled throughout the year. See for tour details.