Ronald Radford Concert
World-Renowned Talent Visits York College
by Nathana Faddis - Panther Press
Dubbed as the American Master of the Flamenco Guitar, performer Ronald Radford made York part of his fall tour Tuesday night. His style of choice, Flamenco, is a strongly rhythmic music that originated in Spain. Mentored by the musical genius, Carlos Montoya, Radford spent a portion of his life in Spain, experiencing the culture and history of Flamenco music and perfecting his talent. He is not only prominent in America, he is one of the world’s leading flamenco guitarists. He has toured in fifteen countries around the world. His music is so moving, some describe him as having captured the heartbeat of Spain itself.
Currently, Radford is touring colleges and schools around the country. His most recent CD, Viva Flamenco, has become available worldwide. His performance in Gurganus Hall was free of charge to York College students, faculty, and staff.
According to Dr. Clark Roush, York College’s Music Department sponsored this musical and cultural opportunity in order to “bring something instrumental in nature to campus each semester so the campus and community may have exposure to that type of music as well.”
This was the second appearance for Ronald Radford at York College, though it has been several years. In an interview with the Panther Press before the concert, Dr. Roush called Radford an “amazing performer who shares not only the Flamenco music genre, but the entire culture from which it sprang.” Roush added, "I cannot underscore how incredible this presentation is. It's one of the finest musical and cultural presentations I've ever experienced either as a musician or as an educator.”
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