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Flamenco Master Ron Radford Comes To Kerrville

Tuesday night there’s a music experience set for Schreiner University in Kerrville featuring the flamenco guitar music of Ron Radford.

“Flamenco is the music of the people, the music of the peasants. It’s the blues of Spain," said Kathleen Hudson, who teaches English at Schreiner University.

"He [Radford] was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship that took him to Spain to study music with the gypsies" she said. “He’s also really committed to education and learning, and when you put those two things together you just get an amazing performance."

Hudson has high words of praise for Radford's talent, and his attitude.

“Oh my goodness! What a brilliant message to bring to education and to the community," she said.

Hudson also runs the Texas Music Heritage Foundation, whose objective is to preserve and perpetuate the traditions of Texas music -- the group is sponsoring the performance. Part of their agreement with Radford is that he perform at local schools, and he did so on Monday morning.

“He had 750 seventh and eighth graders spellbound this morning,” Hudson said.

Radford's message isn’t just about flamenco, playing guitar or even education.

“(It) has to do with finding our passion, and living it," Hudson said. "For this to be the message for seventh and eighth graders, and for my college students, and for the community. We all need to hear it."

It all happens Tuesday night at Schreiner University’s Callioux Student Center.

"He is a stunning guitar player!” Hudson added.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii