October 2, 2018
Writer: Don Sparhawk
Fandango!, featuring four world-class musicians, will perform Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall of the Snow Center for the Performing Arts at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.
Featuring two Grammy nominees, Fandango! is a toe-tapping, spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan and classical sounds performed by award-winning musicians from Spain, Bosia, the United States and the United Kingdom.
The group features flutist Eugenia Moliner and guitarist Denis Azabagic, a husband-and-wife team acclaimed worldwide as the Cavatina Duo. Also a married couple, violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe are members of the Lincoln Trio, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2017.
Prize winner in 24 international competitions, Bosnian guitarist Azabagic has been described as a “virtuoso with flawless technique” by Soundboard Magazine. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago and Madrid symphonies, among many others.
Moliner, a native of Spain, has been acclaimed as “brilliant” by the British Flute Society magazine.
Ruhstrat has won numerous awards, including First Prize at the National Young Musicians Debut Competition in Los Angeles, where she was also lauded with a special award for a young performer of extraordinary talent. She was the youngest prize winner at Switzerland's Tibor Varga International Competition.
Cunliffe has served as principal cello in performances with BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish and Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestras. As a member of the Balanescu Quartet, he toured Australia, Europe and the United States.
Tickets for the Center Stage event are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. Tickets are available online at byui.edu/tickets or on school days from the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office (208-496-3170), located inside the University Store in the Manwaring Center.