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Irresistible Spain 2023-2024

This year, our “Éclaté” concert celebrates Spain, spotlighting this country’s mesmerizing dances and music!

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This year, our “Éclaté” concert celebrates Spain, spotlighting this country’s mesmerizing dances and music! You will be irresistibly drawn by the fiery melodies and lively rhythms of Chabrier, Granados, and Manuel de Falla, including the latter’s impassioned and outlandish stories in El amor brujo and El sombrero de tres picos. Guitar, castanets, and flamenco dancing will complete this embodiment of exuberant Spain! After the concert, join the party in the foyers of the Maison symphonique and make your way to the dance floor!


Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Rafael Payare, conductor

Rocio Vadillo, flamenco dance

Jheinsen Montalvo, guitar

Fernando Gallego, voice


Chabrier, España (8 min.)

Enrique Granados, Goyescas: ‘‘Intermezzo’’ (4 min.)

Set with flamenco dance, female voice and guitar

Falla, El amor brujo [Love, the Magician] (24 min.)

Falla, El sombrero de tres picos [The Three-Cornered Hat], Suite no. 2 (11 min.)

Without intermission

Total duration60minutes

Rafael Payare

Music Director

Rafael Payare’s prodigious musicianship, technical brilliance and charismatic presence on the podium have made him one of the world’s most sought-after conductors. A graduate of the celebrated El Sistema music education program in Venezuela, Mr. Payare began his formal conducting studies in 2004 with José Antonio Abreu. Since winning the prestigious Malko International Competition for Young Conductors in Denmark in 2012, Maestro Payare’s career has advanced rapidly. Since 2015, he has served as Principal Conductor of the Castleton Festival, founded by his mentor the late Lorin Maazel. He was Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Ulster Orchestra from 2014 to 2019 and in 2019, took up the position of Music Director of the San Diego Symphony. In recent years, Rafael Payare has conducted many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including those of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Zurich, Berlin, Vienna, London, Munich, Chicago and Paris. He has also made important opera debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival, Stockholm’s Royal Swedish Opera, the Royal Danish Opera, and most recently at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In the 2022-2023 season, Payare became the ninth Music Director in the history of the OSM.

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Rocio Vadillo

Flamenco Dance

Originally from Córdoba, Andalucía, Rocío Vadillo became interested in the performing arts at an early age. After graduating from the Advanced School of Dramatic Arts and Dance in Córdoba, she received a scholarship to attend the Cinema School of Madrid. She then continued her training in music theatre at the Carmen Roche School of Dance. In Madrid, she began giving dance lessons in the Antón Martín district, the birthplace of flamenco. Rocío spent fifteen years in France where she participated in various projects, including her own creations, Deseo and Trinidad, and the intimate Vous êtes ici, directed by Virginia Melgar. She has also worked on De nulle part et d’ailleurs (Al Golpe Flamenco) and Les mots d’amour (Compagnie Zambra). Alongside her artistic activities, Rocío teaches flamenco theory and practice at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens Studios and in high schools and colleges. Since arriving in Montreal in 2018, she has participated in major projects, including a music video for the song Par amour by Lara Fabian, and coordinated flamenco shows at the Club Espagnol de Québec. As an actor, she is represented by Agence Cormier, recently appearing in the TV series L’empereur, Alertes and Projet Innocence.

Fernando Gallego


A native of Cádiz, Spain, Fernando Gallego spent his childhood in close contact with flamenco music and singing. When he was 9 years old, he began going with his father to férias and peñas where he would regularly sing; he has always been a singer. A charismatic artist, Fernando’s singing stands out through its blend of power, subtlety, and an infinite ability to transmit emotions. In 2017, he created AZARA, a group that explores a fusion of flamenco, Cuban music and jazz. He has composed several pieces, lyrics, and melodies for the group, and regularly collaborates with pianist Gabriel Evangelista, who is responsible for the musical arrangements. Since its inception, the group has performed in local venues in Montreal. Notable performances include the MUZ event for Vision Diversité, the Syli d’Or for Productions Nuits d’Afrique and the Latin Awards.

Jheinsen Montalvo


Jheinsen Montalvo is a Montreal-based Salvadoran musician born in Los Angeles. In 2000, he began studying flamenco guitar in Cádiz, Seville, Granada and Jerez de la Frontera with “Niño Jero” Perikín. He later studied classical guitar at the Cégep de Saint-Laurent before devoting himself full-time to flamenco guitar. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from UQAM. Since 2008, Montalvo has been involved in cultural mediation at the Cabaret Flamenco de Montréal, a non-profit organization of which he is the founder. From 2013 to 2020, he performed weekly at the prestigious jazz club Dièze Onze with his creative project, Montalvo Flamenko Jazz. In 2020, he also created the Montalvo Cuadro Flamenco, with the aim of getting closer to traditional flamenco. He frequently organizes masterclasses with renowned guitarists such as Diego del Morao, Antonio Rey and Santiago Lara. Jheinsen is profoundly connected to this world by the six strings of his guitar.