This is Pepe Romero’s ninth appearance with San Francisco Performances, in association with Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts. Previous concerts were in May 1992, February 1994 (as part of a “Guitar Summit” with Joe Pass, Leo Kottke and Paco Pena), December 1995, December 1998 (with the Romeros), December 2000, March 2004, December 2005 and May 2007.
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Pepe Romero, guitar
Saturday, December 12, 2009, 8pm
A Tribute to Albéniz and Tárrega on the 100th Anniversary of Their Deaths
Isaac Albéniz Asturias (Leyendas) Granada Rumores de la Caleta Torre Bermeja Córdoba Sevilla INTERMISSION Francisco Tárrega Preludio No. 1(preludio religioso) Lágrima, preludio ¡Adelita! Mazurca para guitarra ¡Marieta! Mazurca para guitarra Mazurca en Sol Danza Mora Tango Maria Endecha, preludio Rosita, polca Capricho Árabe Gran Jota Celebrated worldwide for his dazzling virtuosity, compelling interpretations and flawless technique, guitarist Pepe Romero is constantly in demand for his solo recitals, performances with orchestras, andwith the world famous Romeros Quartet. Born in Málaga, Spain, he is the second son of “The Royal Family of the Guitar,” the Romeros. His father, the legendary Celedonio Romero, was his only guitar teacher; his first professional appearance was in a shared concert with his father in Sevilla’s Teatro Lope de Vega, when Pepe Romero was only seven years old. After relocating to the United States,together with his father and brothers, he helped establish the Romeros Quartet as the leading guitar ensemble in the world. Although best known for his classical performances, Pepe Romero’s passion for the traditional flamenco of his native Andalucia has never wavered. His first recording, Flamenco Fenómeno!, for Contemporary Records, was made when he was only 15 years old. Since then, Romero has mademore than 60 recordings, including over 20 concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner and Iona Brown, including a pioneering 1992 laser disc
Celebration of Romantic Spain
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Pepe Romero is represented by Columbia Artists Management LLC, Tim Fox/ Alison Williams, 1790 Broadway, New York, NY10019, www.cami.com.
of the Concierto de Aranjuez and selected solo works by Joaquín Rodrigo. Romero is also a leading personality in the documentary Shadows and Light: Joaquín Rodrigo at 90, which has received numerous awards, including from the Chicago International Film Festival, the International Emmy Awards and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Recently released is a setof Boccherini quintets for guitar and string quartet, recorded for UNICEF, including a new guitar transcription of Música Nocturna de Madrid. Romero’s contributions in the field of classical guitar have inspired a number of distinguished composers to write works specifically for him, including Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Lorenzo Palomo, Rev. Francisco de Madina, Paul Chihara, EnriqueDiemecke and Ernesto Cordero. Rodrigo wrote his last guitar concerto, Concierto para una Fiesta, for Pepe in 1983. Andrés Segovia and Torroba chose him to record the world premiere of Diálogos entre guitarra y Orquesta, originally written for Segovia. In 1996, in Berlin, with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducting, Romero premiered Lorenzo Palomo’s Nocturnos de Andalucia and recorded the piece ayear later (this recording was released on the Naxos 2006 series Spanish Classics). Following the death of his father, Romero performed the world premiere of his father’s concerto for guitar and orchestra, El Cortijo de Don Sancho, with Michael Palmer conducting the American Sinfonietta. Along with Celin, Lito and Celino Romero he premiered and recorded Lorenzo Palomo’s Concierto de Cienfuegos...