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School of Arts & Humanities

News contact: Sadie Prater, UTD, (972) 883-2972, [email protected]  

Three Outstanding Local Guitarists
To Pay Tribute to Andrés Segovia at UTD

RICHARDSON, Texas (Oct. 24, 2003) - The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Classical Guitar Series will present three outstanding local artists – Enric Madriguera, Robert Guthrie and Christopher McGuire -- in a Tribute to Andrés Segovia on Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall (JO 2.604) on the UTD campus.

Madriguera, head of guitar studies at UTD and artistic director of the Texas Classical Guitar Competition, Guthrie, head of the guitar program at Southern Methodist University, and McGuire, artistic director of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society, all studied with Segovia (1893-1987) and have programmed the concert in his honor. It will feature selections by Isaac Albéniz , Johann Sebastian Bach, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Manuel DeFalla, Manuel Ponce, Fernando Sor, Federico Moreno-Torroba, Francisco Tárrega, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Segovia himself.

“Andrés Segovia was, together with Fernando Sor, Antonio Torres, Francisco Tárrega and Albert Augustine, one of the most important figures in the history of the classic guitar,” said renowned composer John W. Duarte, who has written more than 130 pieces for the guitar and lute. “Whether he was the greatest guitarist at any time in his career is open to debate, but he was the only one whose evangelistic ambitions, combined with his artistry, carried the guitar around the world. For many decades, if one had asked 1,000 music-lovers who was the greatest guitarist in the world, they would have named Segovia.”

Tickets for the Tribute to Andrés Segovia are $10 for general admission, $5 for students of other schools and free at the door to UTD students with a valid identification. Ticket office hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. To purchase tickets using Visa, MasterCard or Discover, please call 972-883-2982. For more information and directions, please call 972-883-2787 (972-UTD-ARTS).

Andres Segovia (left) and enric Madriguera at a Master Class in Spain


Robert Guthrie

Originally self-taught, Texas-born guitarist Guthrie won scholarships for worldwide study with masters such as Andrés Segovia, Alirio Diaz, Jose Tomas and Jesus Silva.  His concert appearances have taken him to every state in the U.S. and throughout Mexico, Italy, Spain and Venezuela.  He has made recordings for NPR and PBS, which produced a documentary on his performing and teaching.  He has given more than 100 guest master classes in the U.S. and Mexico and has been faculty artist of the Aspen Music Festival, the Boston Conservatory, Queens College and Yale University.  He currently heads the guitar program at SMU, where his students are frequently competition winners.  Guthrie, the recipient of the 1995 Teacher of the Year award from the Dallas Classical Guitar Society, also pursues a busy concert schedule.  His 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.

Christopher McGuire

Artistic director of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society, McGuire has performed hundreds of acclaimed solo concerts in the United States, Mexico, Japan and Spain. He has been invited as a guest artist with orchestras and prestigious chamber ensembles and also composes for his music group, D'Accord. He commands the many expressive qualities of the guitar with what one critic called "unselfconscious intensity." His engaging performance style invites people of all ages to feel they are taking part in his concerts. Audiences and critics on four continents have fulfilled Segovia’s prediction that McGuire would "be appreciated and applauded everywhere." In addition to making numerous television and radio appearances, he was the subject of a half-hour program on Radio Shanghai of China (estimated audience in 13 Asian countries: one billion). For more information visit

Enric Madriguera

Madriguera is director of guitar studies at both UTD and Eastfield College of the Dallas County Community College District. Madriguera, past advisory chair for the Dallas Guitar Society, performs and teaches at home and abroad with annual tours of Europe and the Americas. Madriguera was invited to participate at the Darwin Guitar Festival in Australia in 2002. In 2001, he visited Vietnam and was the first U.S. guitarist to perform and offer a class at Hanoi Conservatory of Music. He has recorded "Frida" by UTD's Robert X. Rodriguez and a tribute to Eduardo Mata entitled Voces Americanas as a member of the new music ensemble "Voices of Change" on the CRI Label. His recordings Old World--New World and Duo Madriguera, Music for Two Guitars with his wife, Sabine, were released on the Encore Gold Label.

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UTD, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail or visit the School of Arts and Humanities’ web site at http://ah.utdallas.edu. Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator 1-800-RELAYVV

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls about 13,700 students. The school's freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university's web site at www.utdallas.edu.

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