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Acclaimed Classic Guitarist To Perform At UW-RF

February 5, 1999

By Tim Warnest
UW-RF News Bureau

Music with warmth, creativity and compassion will fill the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Abbott Concert Hall when classical guitarist Robert Bluestone performs on Feb. 24 starting at 8 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the Helen and Walker Wyman Performance Series.

Bluestone has earned an international reputation for his programs that explore the diverse reaches of the classical guitar. A humorous and witty Bluestone charms his audiences with his insightful and often spontaneous commentary on the music, its composers and historical context in English or Spanish. His musical selections span four centuries and four continents.

"Robert Bluestone wins a gold medal for each one of his performances," said Kaye Schendel, who coordinates the Wyman Performance Series.

Bluestone received his master's degree in music from Eastern Michigan University. He studied with eminent Argentine guitarist Manuel Lopez Ramos at the Instituto Arte Guitarristico in Mexico City. While there, Bluestone received the honor of becoming the first foreign virtuoso to join the staff.

In 1979 Bluestone was awarded a full scholarship to study and perform at the Andres Segovia Master Class in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Bluestone loves to play for children, seniors, and the ill-anywhere that music will bring joy and ease burdens. He loves the challenge of opening young minds to classical music and is an advocate for the arts. Bluestone enjoys the challenge of helping build bridges within communities between arts and business groups.

Admission is free for UW-RF students and $5 for the public. Tickets are available only immediately prior to the show and there will be no advance sales. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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