CONTACT: Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-3785
Kami Duncan, 214-768-2788,

March 26, 2004


DALLAS (SMU) - The "Music in the Meadows" monthly concert series at SMU presents the Meadows Guitar Ensemble at 3 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 18, at the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd., three blocks west of the DART light rail Mockingbird Station off North Central Expressway (U. S. Highway 75). Robert Guthrie, adjunct professor of guitar at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, will lead the program featuring a four-member ensemble of graduate and undergraduate students.

The concert will offer a variety of works including the Baroque piece "Concerto Grosso op. 3, no.11 in d minor" by Antonio Vivaldi, and "Trio for three guitars" by Fillipo Gragnani, who was an important Italian composer of guitar music in the early 19th century. Two of the loveliest works from masters of the Spanish Nationalist school, originally written for piano, will also be included: "Spanish Dance #2" by Enrique Granados and "Cordoba," a musical portrait of the Spanish city of the same name, by Isaac Albeniz. Guest violinist Ordabek Duissen, an artist certificate student at SMU, will join an ensemble guitarist for a rendition of the modern tango work "Café-1930s" from the suite "History of Tango" by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzola. The program will conclude with the catchy and upbeat "Baiao de Gude" by Paulo Bellinati, featuring traditional Brazilian rhythms and jazz harmonies.

Originally self-taught, Texas-born guitarist Robert Guthrie won scholarships for worldwide study with masters such as Andres Segovia and Jesus Silva.  His concert appearances have taken him to every state in the U.S. and throughout Mexico, Italy, Spain and Venezuela.  He also has made recordings for NPR and PBS, which produced a documentary on his performing and teaching.  He currently heads the guitar program at SMU where his students are frequently competition winners.  Mr. Guthrie's repertoire covers the history of his instrument from the 16th century to present day, with a special emphasis on the music of Spain and South America.

The "Music in the Meadows" series features performances by the outstanding music faculty and students at the Meadows School in an informal setting that encourages audience interaction. Concerts are held once a month in the fall and spring at the Meadows Museum. All concerts are FREE and open to the public with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Convenient, free parking is available in the museum garage. For more information, please call 214-768-2516.