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IRENE RIMER, Director Guitarists Tony Arnold & Roberto Verdi
Julia Quijano, Katherine Harper, Ilene Brill, Victoria Langdon, Ana Diaz, Robert Adler, Janet Rooney, Singer Carolina Gonzalez, and guitarists Tony Arnold, Bill Giles, & Roberto Verdi
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Tony Arnold began studying classical and flamenco guitar in 1960 after seeing his first concert by the great Sabicas. He studied for 8 years with Carlos Ramos, who was, like Sabicas, a student of Ramon Montoya, who first brought the flamenco guitar to the concert stage as a solo instrument. During that time he also worked at the Smithsonian Institution musical instrument restoration laboratory and appeared regularly at the King's Contrivance near Washington D.C. He also played several concerts with Grigor Grigorian in the Washington area. After serving as a naval officer (1970-1973) he continued to study flamenco guitar with Rafael Morales in Granada, then divided his attention between flamenco and his education, earning several degrees in geology, and finishing with a PhD from Harvard in evolutionary paleontology under Stephen Jay Gould. He went on to teach geology at Brown University and then at Florida State University where he is now a tenured professor. During this time he continued to pursue his study of flamenco guitar. He and his wife also own and operate an oriental rug store.
Carolina González has had a love of dancing and singing since childhood. She discovered flamenco in Florida and has been dancing with the Tallahassee flamenco troupe for over two years. Originally from the Basque Country, an area of Spain where flamenco is not very popular, she is mostly intrigued by the rhythmic complexity and force of flamenco music and dance. Carolina is a professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Florida State University.
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