Flamenco guitarist Ronald Radford to perform at Texas State

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
February 15, 2011

Flamenco guitarist Ronald Radford will perform a recital at Texas State University-San Marcos Monday, Feb. 21.

The performance will be held 8 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall on campus. Earlier in the day the artist will visit San Marcos High School, Crockett Elementary and Doris Miller Middle School.

This brilliant American flamenco virtuoso has evoked standing ovations on four continents. His Carnegie Recital Hall and Kennedy Center concerts were enthusiastically received, and he earned acclaim in Mexico City for performances, "equal to those on any flamenco stage in Madrid, Seville or Andalusia."

A protégé of the legendary Carlos Montoya, Radford lived and traveled in Spain where he immersed himself in the musical wisdom of the Gypsy flamenco guitar masters Diego del Gastor, Pepe de Badajoz and others. In addition, he had master classes with Andres Segovia, Pepe Romero and Jose Thomas. He is the only individual to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain in flamenco guitar.

Radford takes audiences beyond the usual guitar concert. He complements his masterful technique with an illuminating narration which recreates the very essence of this ancient folklore, Flamenco--the heartbeat of Spain.

Radford’s performance is sponsored in part by a Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring Program grant, underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

Tickets, available at the door the night of the event, are $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call the School of Music at (512) 245-2651.