Flamenco in the Courtyard

Flamenco in the Courtyard

Wednesday Morning Concert

Wed, May 22, 2019, 11:00am

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Be transported for a day amid Caramoor’s architecture and sprawling grounds with the characteristic dance and song of Spain, bursting with passion, color, and rhythm. Our Wednesday Morning Concerts feature a 45-minute concert, followed by a tour of the Mediterranean-style Rosen House and its collection of fine and decorative art amassed by our founders, Walter and Lucie Rosen, and an optional buffet lunch inspired by Spanish cuisine. Save time afterward to explore the lush and expansive gardens!


Isabel del Día, dancer
Sara Erde, dancer
Cristian Puig, guitar and vocals

(add-on lunch to your concert ticket)

Mediterranean Chicken — Sautéed Chicken with Artichoke Hearts, Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes, and Olives in a Light Wine Sauce
Roast Pork Loin with a Sherry Wine Sauce
Vegetable Paella
Roasted Green Beans with Slivered Carrots
Patatas Bravas
Ensalada Mixta (greens with asparagus and greens with tomatoes, peppers, Spanish olives and red wine vinaigrette)
Assorted Rolls and Herbed Butter
Magdelena Cupcakes and Quesitos Chocolata (Chocolate Turnover)
Coffee and Tea (Iced and Hot)

Isabel del Día, dancer

Born and raised in New York City, Isabel del Día was introduced to flamenco at Bard College with Judson dance pioneer Aileen Passloff, and has continued her studies in New York and Spain with flamenco masters Juana Amaya, Andres Pena, Kati Garcia Renart, Jose Moreno, and mentor Sara Erde. Isabel del Día has been awarded The Bard Theater and Dance Award (2004), a coveted scholarship to attend the 2008 Cultural Traditions Program at Jacob’s Pillow, and an esteemed Reca (scholarship) to attend TT Ciclo Dedicado a la Formación Completa del Baile Flamenco at the historic Amor de Dios Studios in Madrid, Spain (2010). In 2008, she founded her own dance company Día Flamenco and performs as its artistic director. Ms. del Día is a soloist and teaching artist at Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Most recently, she was asked to perform with the renowned Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, where she shared the stage with Soledad Barrio, Juan Ogallo, and flamenco legend Alejandro Granados at the Joyce Theater in New York City.


Sara Erde

Sara Erde, dancer

Artist Website

Since 1996, Sara Erde has been a solo and corps dancer with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where she has appeared in productions of Carmen, la Traviata, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, among others. She assisted acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon in creating the dances for Richard Eyre’s new Carmen. She has danced with the Met on tours in Japan, appeared in the company’s PBS version of Carmen, and in the HD broadcasts of the Opening Night Gala of the 125th Anniversary Season with Renée Fleming.

Ms. Erde began studying dance at the age of six at Ballet Hispanico in New York City. After graduating from The High School of Performing Arts, she attended the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University, and Mannes College of Music. A specialist in Gypsy-style flamenco, Erde has danced extensively in Seville, Spain. She was the first foreigner ever to perform as a soloist at the renowned tablao flamenco Los Gallos, and has appeared in flamenco festivals throughout Andalucía. In Seville, she founded her own dance company, Abolengo.

Erde sings lead vocals, writes music, and choreographs for the NYC based Flamenco Funk band Caramelo, whose critically acclaimed debut CD Ride was released in the summer of 2012.


Christian Puig

Cristian Puig, guitar and vocals

Cristian Puig was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Son of Gloria Monreal, Flamenco singer and Pablo Puig, Flamenco guitarist. When he was 19 years old, Cristian began his studies in classical guitar at the conservatory of Manuel de Falla as well as flamenco guitar with his father. Soon he took classes in flamenco guitar with Quique de Cordoba and furthered his studies in jazz, bosa nova, and contemporary music with various teachers. He has been self-taught ever since, using his musical influences and inspirations as his guide. His strongest inspirations include his parents Gloria and Pablo, Paco de Lucia, Juan M. Canizares, Sabicas, Gerardo Núñez, Astor Piazzola, Dino Saluzzi, C.F. Gomez, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascual, Chick Corea, John Mclaughlin, and John Coltrane.

From 1985 to 2000 Cristian has been integrated into various groups and flamenco companies performing in various tablaos, restaurants, cultural centers, and theaters. In 1990 he formed the flamenco fusion group Rabat. Rabat appeared in various theaters and venues in Argentina and later went on to travel to various countries in South America including Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile. Looking to fuse jazz and bossa nova with flamenco, Cristian integrated instruments such as the piano, electric guitar, and saxophone experimenting with his original compositions. In 1993 Gloria Monreal joined Rabat as a flamenco singer and Cristian worked and learned from her for the following 12 years. Gloria has shared the stage with several artists including Los Pericet, Orlando Romero, Maria Amaya, Antonio Maya, La China, Mario Escudero, Esteban de Sanlucar, Salinas, El Morito and Pepe Alonso. In 1996 Cristian joined Chango Farias Gomez and worked throughout Argentina for 3 years. Cristian can be heard on Chango Farías Gomez y la Manija CD, recorded in the Astral Theater in 1995.

Cristian dissolved the group Rabat in 1997 to dedicate himself to work as a soloist while still collaborating with other local and foreign musicians, fusing bossa nova, jazz, and Argentine tango. In 2000 Cristian was asked to travel to New York to make his debut at Alegrias tablao. Since then Cristian has been working and composing music for local and foreign artists and companies. At the present time he is working on recordings of his own compositions. He has currently co-founded De Luna a Lunares ensemble. Cristian has composed music and worked with various companies. Cristian continues to work as a solist, composes music for flamenco companies, and offers private instruction. He also works as a flamenco singer, interpreting the traditional and modern flamenco styles.

Cristian is currently working on different projects, finishing the new CD Entre Cuerdas, a flamenco-jazz fusion CD with guitarrists Hernan Romero and special guest artist Al Dimeola. Cristian is also working on the composition and recording for the film The Last Quartet. His new flamenco trio Puig-Sanchez-Moreno can also be seen in various tablaos throughout New York City.