An Afternoon with Frank McCulloch
Frank McCulloch, a New Mexico favorite, will headline an afternoon of traditional folk music in an intimate concert at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Joining McCulloch will be young musicians from Mad About Music, a performance group of string players from across Albuquerque. Admission to the 2013 Robb Concert is free, but reservations are required.
Raquel Z. Rivera will emcee the event and provide insight into the music. Rivera, an author, scholar and singer-songwriter, holds a Ph.D. in sociology with an interdisciplinary interest in Latino and Africana studies. She is fascinated by John Donald Robb’s contribution to the preservation of Hispanic folk music and has conducted hours of research in the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music at the UNM Center for Southwest Research.
The concert, presented by the John Donald Robb Musical Trust at the University of New Mexico, will be an exciting opportunity to discover stories about the music of New Mexico.
McCulloch grew up listening to the folk music of the Southwest and Mexico and began playing music in the 1950s. He has recorded many songs for the Robb musical archive at the UNM Center for Southwest Research. McCulloch also is a well-known landscape painter.
For nearly 30 years, Mad About Music has been providing young string players with an opportunity to perform. The youth group, led by Susan Kempter, a prominent Suzuki teacher who specializes in applying interdisciplinary research to music pedagogy, consists of Albuquerque-area string players ranging in age from 9-18 years. Kempter has turned to folk songs from the Robb Archive in creating instructional materials for her students.
Reserve Your Space!
In order to ensure an intimate experience, seating, all general admission, will be limited at the September 15 concert. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Robb Musical Trust office at 505.277.8967. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. You must arrive by 2:45 p.m. to claim your reservation. At that time, any available seats will be made available to those on the waiting list.