University News
For Immediate Release: 
Feb 27 2001

Classical Guitarist to Perform at Concord Thursday, March 22

Athens, W.Va. - Classical guitarist, Robert Bluestone will bring his informal style and virtuoso musicianship to Concord College in a solo concert at Concord College in the Alexander Fine Arts Center’s Main Auditorium Thursday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Bluestone’s concerts are warm, relaxed, even user-friendly affairs.

“I talk a lot in my concerts, adding humor and anecdotes that I hope will bring the music to life,” he explains. “Guitarists have a bad reputation as being very formal and very cold in concerts,” Bluestone adds. “I try to go the other route.”

The guitarist gives his audiences a personalized show, drawing form his extensive musical training and research into the history of the guitar and its repertoire.

During the current concert year, Bluestone’s travels will take him as far north as Alaska and as far south as Florida, and everywhere in between. This season’s program features an eclectic blend of music from the European tradition and more recently composed works from Latin America.

“There has been a great renaissance in the Americas in which composers have written for the guitar because it represents the spirit of the culture today,” Bluestone says. “This music is warm and tonal. It speaks to the heart.”

During his 20-year career, he has worked and studied with such masters of the guitar as Michael Lorimer and Jose Tomas. He studied under Manual Lopez Ramos at the prestigious Instituto del Arte Guitarristico in Mexico City and was the first foreign musician invited to join the teaching staff there.

In 1979, Bluestone won a full scholarship to study and perform at the Andres Segovia Master Class in Santiago do Compostela, Spain. He calls Segovia his “spiritual father” and is continuing Segovia’s life work of proving the guitar is the most versatile modern concert instrument.

Bluestone the performer takes as his guide a definition by the medieval philosopher Boethius: “The purpose of music is to make the soul susceptible to divine influence.”

“The musician should act as a medium who brings his audience into a union with the composer,” Bluestone says. “You get rid of your ego and even the guitar, and there is just the music. An artist must have more to give than perfect technique. He must be able to share with his audience his love for his instrument and the great music written for it.”

Bluestone attributed the guitar’s popularity as a concert instrument to its broad range of tone and color. He pointed to Beethoven’s description of the guitar as “a small orchestra in itself.”

Bluestone has toured extensively throughout the United States and Central America and has played concerts in Mexico City, Tegucigalpa, San Salvador, Australia, Berkeley, Boulder, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Recently, Bluestone represented the United States in Mexico’s Cervantino Festival and performed throughout Mexico to critical acclaim. Bluestone presented 11 concerts during 1988 in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, where he represented New Mexico in a cultural exchange organized by Partners of the Americas.

Bluestone’s reputation is based nearly as much on his work as an ensemble player as his solo performances. He has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Orchestra of Santa Fe Ensemble, Desert Chorale, Helios Quartet, Serenata de Santa Fe, the Animas Chamber Players and the Four Corners Opera.

A New York City native, Bluestone now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Tickets are priced $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for senior citizens and $2.00 for non-Concord students. For more information call the Concord College box office at
1-304-384-5101.

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PO BOX 1000, VERMILLION ST., ATHENS, WV 24712.