Guitars in the Park, the summer performance series by the Kansas City Guitar Society, will return to Oppenstein Park in Downtown Kansas City this Sunday evening.

The free performance is set for 7-8 p.m. Sunday at the Downtown pocket park at 12th & Walnut. The public is invited. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and your own refreshments.

Featured performers on Sunday will be Beau Bledsoe with Michael McClintock, guitarists. They will perform Cuban, Portuguese and Spanish music.

Bledsoe’s performances have been described as “…hot as a raging fire” by Drew Minter Opera News and “pointedly musical” by Paul Horsley,  The Kansas City Star. This stylistically diverse musician is equally comfortable on the concert stages of Europe and Russia as he is in the flamenco tablaos of Spain. He regularly performs and records with some of the greatest artists in Tango, Flamenco and classical music as he seeks to integrate different musical cultures with diverse audiences.

Beau studied classical guitar at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance under Douglas Niedt, associate professor, where he received a Master of Music. There he continued his professional career in the fertile ground of the Kansas City music scene playing with jazz musicians, classical chamber musicians, and also participating in the burgeoning Latin music scene. 

McClintock studied classical guitar at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Douglas Niedt where he obtained a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance and acted as president of the UMKC Guitarists.

After his studies, McClintock continued to seek opportunities to expand his knowledge of different musical cultures from around the world through intensive study of Flamenco and Latin American music. Michael has performed as a classical and flamenco guitarist throughout the United States and has performed several times in Kansas City at venues such as Starlight Theater and the Lyric Opera.

Now in its third season in Downtown, Guitars in the Park will return to Oppenstein Park for performances in July and August. Those dates will be announced soon.

For more information on Guitars in the Park, contact Neidt at niedtd@umkc.edu.