Music Professor to Perform on 'Daytime Blue Ridge'

Robert Trent

Robert Trent

Back in Radford after a concert tour in Brazil, Radford University Professor Robert Trent, an acclaimed classical guitarist, will appear Tuesday, Aug. 21, on the WSLS-TV 10 noon talk show "Daytime Blue Ridge."

Trent will perform during the broadcast and promote a Sept. 4 benefit concert in Roanoke to raise funds for the Intellectual Disabilities Association of the New River Valley. Held at Roanoke's St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church on Grandin Road, the concert is a solo performance by Trent, featuring excerpts from his new album, "Barcarolles and Fantasies."

Trent is director of guitar and lute studies in RU's College of Visual and Performing Arts. His recent South American concert tour included performances in two music festivals: VI Festival da BRAVIO in Brasilia and Seminario Internacional de Violao Vital Medeiros in Sao Paolo, where he was the only North American musician invited to perform.

"It was an honor to be invited to this, the largest festival of its kind in Latin America," Trent said of the event, which featured more than 20 performances by musicians from around the world. "The audience was lively and responsive."

In addition to performing in Brazil, Trent taught classical guitar master classes focused on music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classic-Romantic periods. He also judged an international guitar competition and performed on national Brazilian radio.

Aug 17, 2012
Keith Hagarty