Ron Radford Plays for Berryville Students

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Ron Radford plays flamenco at the first of two presentation for students at Berryville High School on Wednesday. He plays for Eureka Springs students Thursday -- parents are invited to the 9:30 a.m. program at the middle school --performs in concert Thursday at the AUD, and at the ES High School Friday.

When Ron Radford plays music, he lays his face on the wood of his 9-string guitar and closes his eyes. In his mind, he sees a flamenco dancer, heels tapping out the rhythm like a drummer. The job of the guitar player: to follow the rhythm of the dancer, whether slow, fast or faster.

"It's like the music is already going," he said. "When I'm on stage, I just listen, and then I dive in."

Radford was at Berryville High School Wednesday to tell band students how a kid from Tulsa became a flamenco guitarist. Then he showed them why he is considered world class.

Hear Ron Radford in concert 7:30 p.m.Thursday at the Eureka Springs Auditorium, part of the Eureka Springs Jazz Festival. For tickets, contact #

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