MUSIC

Encore Series: Los Romeros Guitar Quartet

12.10.2014 (Sun)
20:00
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$450, 350, 250, 150
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‘Collectively, they are the only classical guitar quartet of real stature in the world today; in fact, they virtually invented the format.’  The New York Times

 

Encore Series: Los Romeros Guitar Quartet

Programme

 

Los Romeros is not only synonymous to classical guitar quartet; the family invented the ensemble that would enrapture the world since the ensemble’s establishment in 1958.  It all started with the legendary Celedonio Romero, a soloist best remembered with, as The New York Times wrote, ‘a warmth of tone and defiantly Romantic rhythmic flexibility.’  Originally teamed up with three of Celedonio’s sons, the quartet now consists of guitarists from his second and third generations.  Since Celedonio, the Romero family has been blessed with having many virtuosi in one house.  The musicians’ natural bonding gives performances of unprecedented vigour and vitality.

Los Romero’s lasting legacy is the creation of an entirely new repertoire for guitar quartet, both as a chamber ensemble and as a concert soloist.  Los Romeros arranges music from the classical repertoire and inspires composers to write new works for them, which in turn become masterpieces for guitar quartet.

Hong Kong will welcome the return of ‘the Royal Family of the Guitar’ in a programme consists of music by composers such as the Spanish master Albéniz, the eminent Brazilianian Lobos and music specially written and arranged by members of the Romero family.

 

Lorente (arr. Palomo)

Preludio from La Revoltosa

Albéniz (trans. Pepe Romero)

Leyenda (from Cantos de España, Op. 232

 

Sevilla (from Suite española, Op. 47)            

Grandos (arr. Pepe Romero)

Spanish Dance No. 2, Oriental

 

Spanish Dance No. 5, Andaluza

Boccherini (trans. Pepe Romero)

Introduction and Fandango

(from Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D, G. 448)

Torroba

Estampas        

 

 Bailando un fandango charro

 

 Remanso                            

 

 La siega

 

 Fiesta en el pueblo

 

 Amanecer

 

 La boda

Lobos

Preludios No. 1 and 3                    

Albéniz (trans. Pepe Romero)

Granada (from Suite española, Op. 47)

Celedonio Romero

Dance No. 1

 

Fantasía (from Suite Andaluza)

Pepe Romero

de Cádiz a la Habana                     

Giménez (arr. Pepe Romero)

El baile de Luis Alonso

 

Running time of this performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 20 minutes.  Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme. 

 

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

About the Performer

 

Celin Romero
Pepe Romero
Celino Romero
Lito Romero
 

Over half a century after walking onto the world stage as the first classical guitar quartet, Los Romeros continue to be a veritable institution in the world of classical music, dazzling countless audiences and winning the raves of reviewers worldwide.

 

Known to millions as ‘the Royal Family of the Guitar’, Los Romeros were founded by the legendary Celedonio Romero with his sons Celin, Pepe and Angel in 1958.  The Quartet went through natural transformations, and today consists of the second (Celin & Pepe) and third generations (Lito & Celino).  To have so many virtuosi of the same instrument in one family is unique in the world of musical performance, and in the realm of the classical guitar it is absolutely without precedent.  The New York Times has said: ‘Collectively, they are the only classical guitar quartet of real stature in the world today; in fact, they virtually invented the format.’

 

Celebrating their 55th anniversary, the season will include tours in Asia, Europe, South America and the United States.  Los Romeros will also be presenting special concerts and festivals in memory of the 100th anniversary of patriarch Celedonio Romero, including a performance in their birth city of Málaga, Spain.  As the family says, ‘the spirit of the quartet is him; all our concerts now pay homage to him.’

 

In 1957, the family left Spain and immigrated to the United States, where three years later, Los Romeros became the first guitar quartet while the boys were still in their teens.  The Romero tradition of family and love for the guitar provided the fertile ground for the next generation of guitar virtuosos as Celino and Lito joined the quartet.

 

A recent project with Deutsche Grammophon included a much-anticipated Christmas music recording featuring favourites from around the world.  ‘Christmas with Los Romeros’ was released worldwide in 2012, accompanied by a tour in Europe (2012) and the United States (2013) featuring music from this recording.  Other recent recordings include a recital CD by Sony Red Seal label, entitled appropriately: Los Romeros: Celebration and DECCA released a retrospective collection, Los Romeros: Golden Jubilee Celebration.

 

The sterling reputation of Los Romeros has been confirmed by repeated recital performances and orchestral appearances with symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Sevilla, Amsterdam, Munich, Rome, Shanghai, Seoul, among many others.  They have made frequent festival appearances throughout the world, including the Hollywood Bowl, Saratoga, Blossom, Wolf Trap, Salzburg, and Schleswig-Holstein.

 

Los Romeros are particularly popular with college audiences, making regular appearances on university music series throughout the country as well as on fine arts series worldwide.  In New York, they have been repetitively invited to Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park, the 92nd Street Y and Rockefeller University.  They have appeared at Vienna’s Gesangsverein and Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Zurich Tonhalle, Madrid Auditorio Nacional de Musica, and the Beijing Concert Hall.

 

Touring worldwide, Los Romeros have performed on multiple occasions at the White House.  In 1983, they appeared at the Vatican in a special concert for John Paul II, and in 1986, they gave a command performance for his Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.  In 2000, his Royal Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain knighted Celin, Pepe and Angel into the Order of ‘Isabel la Católica’.

 

Perhaps Los Romero’s most lasting legacy is the creation of an entirely new repertoire for guitar quartet, both as a chamber ensemble and as a concerto soloist.  Los Romeros have inspired distinguished composers to either write new works or arrange existing ones, including Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Morton Gould, Francisco de Madina and Lorenzo Palomo.  As Rodrigo has said, ‘The Romeros have developed the technique of the guitar by making what is difficult to be easy.  They are, without a doubt, the grand masters of the guitar.’

 

With a 55-year plus history, Los Romeros have built an enviable discography.  Their achievements have not gone unnoticed.  In February of 2007, Los Romeros were granted The Recording Academy President’s Merit Award at the Grammy Awards in honour of their artistic achievements.  Television fans have seen and heard Los Romeros many times on such shows as The Tonight Show and The Today Show, PBS's Evening at the Boston Pops, the KPBS/PBS biographical documentary Los Romeros: The Royal Family of the Guitar, other PBS specials and the NDR documentary film Los Romeros: Die Gitarren-Dynastie.

Ticketing


VenueDatePrice
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre12.10.2014 (Sun)
20:00
$450, 350, 250, 150
Buy Tickets

 

Tickets available from 13 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet, by mobile ticketing app and credit card telephone booking.

 

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).

 

‘Great Music’ Package Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets for ‘Los Romeros Guitar Quartet’, ‘The Tallis Scholars’, ‘Murray Perahia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields’, ‘When Petals Fall in Serenity - Atmospheric Music Theatre by LAW Wing-fai’, ‘Piano Recital by Ivo Pogorelich’ and ‘Opera: Puccini’s Turandot’: 5% off for any 2 programmes; 10% off for any 3 programmes; 15% off for any 4 programmes or more.

 

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

 

Enquiries

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internal Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Programme Notes

12/10/2014
12/10/2014

Pre-concert Talk

VenueDatePrice
Foyer Reception Area, 4/F, Auditoria Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre12.10.2014 (Sun)
18:45
Free Admission

 

The Royal Family of the Guitar (Conducted in Cantonese)

Speaker: Tina Karen Lo (Guitarist, Music Educator)

 

Free admission and limited seats on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

The 24-string Guitar - A Musical Conversation with Los Romeros

 

7:15pm

Meet-the-artists Reception

8pm - 9:30pm 

Los Romeros Guitar Quartet will engage in a musical dialogue with the moderator to recount anecdotes from their family, the establishment of Los Romeros, and performances over the world. There will be short performances.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center’s website: www.asiasociety.org.hk or call 2103 9511.

$300 for Asia Society members, $350 for non-members

 

Venue

Date & Time

Price

Hong Kong Jockey Club Hall, Asia Society Hong Kong Center (9 Justice Drive, Admiralty)

11.10.2014(Sat)      19:15

$350, $300

 

Co-presented by: Asia Society Hong Kong Center and Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Sponsored by: U.S. Consulate General for Hong Kong and Macau

 

Masterclass

 

Participating Students: Please submit a biography and at least 2 pieces you intend to play in the masterclass to programhk@asiasociety.org

Observers: Free admission on a first-come-first-served basis, online registration at Asia Society Hong Kong Center's website is required.

Online registration: please click here

Asia Society Hong Kong Center’s website: www.asiasociety.org.hk or call 2103 9511.

 

Venue

Date & Time

Price

Miller Theater, Asia Society Hong Kong Center (9 Justice Drive, Admiralty)

13.10.2014(Mon)      14:00

Free Admission

 

 

Co-presented by: Asia Society Hong Kong Center and Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Sponsored by: U.S. Consulate General for Hong Kong and Macau

 

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