Maria Zemantauski Renowned Flamenco Guitarist and Composer @ SUNY Orange

The World Music and Culture Series for the fall semester concludes with world-renowned Flamenco guitarist/composer, Maria Zemantauski, who will perform on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 7pm in the Great Room, Kaplan Hall 101.

Admission: Free with SUNY Orange Student ID and $5 for Faculty/Staff and the Public

Maria Zemantauski is one of the world’s few heralded female flamenco-style guitarists and one of even fewer female flamenco composers. She has performed in Spain, Italy and across the continental United States to great acclaim. Her albums, Mrs. Laughinghouse (1997), Seeing Red (2000), and Under the Lemon Tree (2005), have received stellar reviews from music critics around the world.

Maria’s programs are a dynamic blend of artistic freedom, innovation and tradition. This is not surprising considering that, as a child, she resisted guitar lessons, telling her encouraging parents that she wanted to “discover the instrument on her own without being told what to do.” As one reviewer wrote, “Zemantauski has continually pushed the boundaries of the possible with her trusty 6-string, blending genres that have little or no business appearing on the same bill, much less in the same song. It’s rarely less than electrifying to watch her do it.”

She believes that the expressive possibilities of the guitar are limitless and pursues her music with passion, confidence and grace. Her music can also be heard in the award-winning documentary, Radical Harmonies.

For more information regarding “World Music and Culture Series presents Maria Zemantauski,” please contact the Newburgh Cultural Affairs office at (845) 341-9386 or visit