• courtesy of the Center for Big Bend Studies •
A baroque guitarrilla concert and historical journey aboard a Butterfield Stagecoach will highlight the Center for Big Bend Studies 25th Annual Conference, Nov. 9-10 at Sul Ross State University.
Opening the Conference with a special performance is Manuel Mejia Armijo, a native of Mexico City and perhaps the world’s greatest artist on the baroque guitarrilla—the foundation of what became the modern guitar. Armijo will perform his baroque concert in University Center Room C on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
As a very accomplished musician, composer, concert performer, writer, teacher, and researcher of specialized ancient music, Armijo has performed and lectured in a wide range of venues. Having studied classical guitar and piano, and the Arabic and Renaissance lute, he has unique knowledge of the guitar and associated music that traveled with Spanish soldiers and priests along El Camino Real during New Spain’s establishment of New Mexico, Texas, and California. In addition to his special Thursday evening concert, he will discuss the history of the guitar during a later Conference session.
Friday evening at 6:30 in the University Center, the Conference banquet will feature Dr. Glen Sample Ely’s presentation on the United States’ first transcontinental mail service from St. Louis to San Francisco: the Butterfield Overland Mail. This 2,800-mile mail line was the nineteenth-century equivalent of the modern interstate highway system, stimulating passenger traffic, commercial freighting, and business.
Ely has spent a quarter century documenting this famous mail route’s 740-mile Texas section which spanned from the Red River to El Paso. His engaging presentation will take the audience on a fascinating trip across the Big Bend and Trans-Pecos aboard a Butterfield Stagecoach, offering a firsthand look at America’s rowdy frontier and those who shaped it.
The Conference’s 30 or more presentations on the history and prehistory of the Big Bend region will take place from 8–5 on Friday and from 8 a.m. until midafternoon on Saturday. A full list of speakers and their presentation titles will be posted on cbbs.sulross.edu within the next few weeks.
For CBBS membership and Conference registration information, visit http:cbbs.sulross.edu/store.php or call 432-837-8179. Sul Ross faculty, staff, and students may attend the Conference for free; although, there will be a charge to attend the banquet.