McCullough Robb

Frank McCullough presents an afternoon of traditional folk music on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Presented by the John Donald Robb Musical Trust at the University of New Mexico, the concert will also features young musicians from Mad About Music, a performance group of local string players. Admission to the 2013 Robb Concert is free, but reservations are required. For tickets, call 505-277-8967. 

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.

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.

Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. Individuals who reserve tickets must arrive by 2:45 p.m. to claim their reservation. At that time, any available seats will be made available to those on the waiting list.

For more information, contact Nancy Harbert, at