Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Season Finale: Viva España"

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Location Amphitheater

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Rossen Milanov, conductor
Griset Damas-Roche and the Flamenco Company of Columbus
Maria Dolores Ramirez, vocalist
Karl Wohlwend, guitar
Michael Yonchak, percussion



J.S. Smith/Arr. Damrosch: The Star-Spangled Banner   [3’]

Emmanuel Chabrier: España   [6’]

Manuel de Falla: The Three Cornered Hat Suites No. 1 and No. 2   [22’]

Traditional: Tientos-Tangos Flamencos  [10’]

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, op. 34   [15‘]

Ruperto Chapí: Overture to La Revoltosa   [5‘]

Gerónimo Giménez: Las Bodas de Luis Alonso   [5‘]

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is in his third season as Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra following two seasons of enthusiastic acclaim. He is also the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain.

Mr. Milanov has previously appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the BBC, Baltimore, Mexico, Indianapolis, New Jersey, North Carolina, Seattle, Oregon, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. His recent season highlights include Tchaikovsky’s critically acclaimed Alexei Ratmansky revival of Swan Lake in Paris with La Scala Ballet and in Zurich with the Zurich Opera, appearances with the Toronto, Colorado, Detroit, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Fort Worth, Aalborg, and National Symphony Orchestras, and his Link Up education projects at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Mr. Milanov has had the privilege to collaborate with some of the world’s finest artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, and André Watts. During his eleven-year tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Milanov served as Associate Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestra’s summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.  

Mr. Milanov studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music. In addition to his musical achievements, Mr. Milanov is a passionate chef and frequently dedicates his culinary talents to various charities.

Griset Damas-Roche

Griset Damas, born in Havana, Cuba and after her 12 years Ballet career on National Institute of Art of La Habana, she focused in Flamenco and Spanish Classic Ballet, reaching the position of soloist in the Spanish Ballet of Cuba. 

In 1998 she moved to Bogota, Colombia where contributed to spread the Flamenco dance as Dancer, Director and Choreographer of recitals and professional performances, including her own dance companies with achieved awards and acknowledgments. In Colombia, she was Flamenco teacher for more than 3.500 students over 16 years.

In 2014 she moved with her family to Columbus, Ohio and started to work with the non-profit organization Flamenco del Corazon, what converted in Flamenco Dance Columbus in 2015. She was invited to perform in several events and dance festivals as Ohio Dance Festival on 2015 and 2016 among others. Also, she has been invited to teach in different studios and schools as Hattaway Brown on Cleveland, Dublin Dance Center and Gymnastics in Dublin, OH, Ballet MET in Columbus, OH, Ballet of New Albany, OH. In 2016, Flamenco Dance Columbus converted in U Will Dance Studio, with the purpose to be a more complete dance education project adding Ballet and Stretching to the Flamenco studies for children, teens and adults. 

In 2017 Griset has been selected as highlighted artist for the City promotion's campaign "COLUMBUS MAKES ART" ( and was invited to dance Flamenco and Spanish Classical dance with the Columbus Symphonic Orchestra at the Ohio Theater.