Three Guitarists to Perform Free Concert at SWOSU


Three guitarists—headliners Todd Hallawell/Robin Kessinger and well-known Oklahoman Edgar Cruz—will perform Monday, October 1, on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

The 7:30 p.m. free concert is part of the Al Harris Library Showcase Series and will be held in the Fine Arts Center. Cruz will open the concert followed by a performance by fingerstylist Todd Hallawell and flatpicker Robin Kessinger.  

Everyone is invited.

Todd Hallawell & Robin Kessinger

It has been said that the musical collaboration of Todd Hallawell and Robin Kessinger showcases not only each player’s technical brilliance but also a crop of lovely original tunes performed in a musical dialogue of great taste, subtlety and charm. Although Kessinger, who is from West Virginia, and Hallawell, who was originally from California and is now living in Virginia, have different backgrounds, they are united by the common bond of their dynamic musicianship. Because their individual musical styles come from vastly different roots, the duo has been able to create an entirely new musical adventure for their audiences to enjoy.

Kessinger has won many guitar contests, including the National Flatpicking Championship in Winfield (KS), the West Virginia State Championship, and titles in Georgia, Ohio, Virginia and Kentucky.  Hallawell has received multiple awards as a guitarist including the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield (KS), and his compositions have been selected for both film and theatrical presentations.

Edgar Cruz

Edgar Cruz, a native of Oklahoma City and an internationally-known musician, has been named Oklahoma’s Top Performing Artist and Acoustic Guitarist for several years by the Oklahoma Gazette.  He has been a headliner at the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville since 1995 and has performed at many festivals in Oklahoma.  Cruz blends classical techniques with modern songs in a crowd-pleasing combo.

For more information about the concert at SWOSU, contact Jason Dupree at the Al Harris Library at 580.774.3031.