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Classical guitarist Rolando Valdes-Blain has passed away.

New York City: ROLANDO VALDES-BLAIN spent his life performing for audiences from Broadway to the White House. He died at home saturady April 2, 2011, at the age of 89. Valdes-Blain was born in Cuba and came to New York City in his youth. In the 1930s he and his brother Alberto had a weekly music show on New York City radio station WNYC. After military service in World War II he performed with the Spanish Ballet and appeared in Tennessee Williams' Broadway play "Camino Real." He also composed the music for the play "Bullfight." In 1955 Valdes-Blain was a soloist with the Radio City Music Hall orchestra. He founded the Guitar Department at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1968 he performed at the White House.

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