Spain comes to York – through music


Above: Magdalena Aguinaga, director of York’s Spanish Resource Centre, introduces Jaime Maltez, beside her, and Franklin Tello, far right.

York’s Spanish Resource Centre brought a little bit of Spain to the Glendon College campus recently when it held a Spanish guitar concert at the college as the finale to its activities for the academic year.

Audience members enjoyed a varied repertoire interpreted by guitarists Jaime Maltéz and Franklin Tello. These two men, with their passion for the Spanish guitar, put on a compelling performance including classics such as “Entre dos aguas” by the famous Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia, as well as such Latin American folk songs as “Guantanamera”, “Guadalajara” and “Canción del mariachi”.

The program ended with three original pieces from Maltéz and Tello’s upcoming album.

Glendon College’s Department of Hispanic Studies provided space in the Senior Common Room for the two-hour concert, which was attended by about 50 people on June 27. At the request of many in the audience, the event will be repeated in the next academic year.

York’s Spanish Resource Centre was created on April 22, 2000, following an agreement between the Spanish Ministry of Education & Culture and York University. Its main goal is to promote the Spanish language.