"Lord; take me now!" These words sprang unbidden to my lips after experiencing the beautifully composed, exquisitely executed, and completely thrilling solo by the handsome young flamenco dancer Jesús Carmona. And, mind you, I'm Jewish.
Such was the power of "Gala Flamenca," the 2014 edition of the annual all-star, all-Spanish program that has appeared, for a decade and a half, in Boston, New York, Washington, Miami, and points west, but never before in Philadelphia.
And the excitement didn't come only from Carmona. There were no low points in this 90-minute program, which filled the Merriam Theater Sunday night with a wildly appreciative crowd who skipped the Oscars, and braved yet another winter storm, to be there.