New York Guitar Festival: Pepe Romero

May 18, 2018 | 7:30 pm | 200 Vesey Street | New York, NY | All Ages | FREE!  
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Los Sonidos De España/the Sounds Of Spain

Classical guitar legend and Festival friend Pepe Romero returns to the NYGF for the first time since 2014. On that occasion, Romero gave an all-Bach recital. This time, the maestro will pay tribute to his father, Celedonio Romero, and the music of Spain, particularly that of his native Málaga. Romero will focus on flamenco guitar bringing with him a to-be-announced roster of special guests, singers, and dancers. Among his celebrated accomplishments, Romero has premiered works – composed especially for him – by Rodrigo and Torroba. He’s recorded more than 60 albums across his career, 30 of which were as part of a quartet with his father and brothers in The Romeros, an ensemble widely regarded as “The Royal Family of the Guitar.” In addition to championing new works for the instrument, Romero has also rescued previously lost concerti by Giuliani and Carulli, among others, bringing them out of the archives and into the light.

In truly flamenco fashion, joining Pepe in this concert will be his cousin Marieta Romero from Valencia, who trained in Spanish dance at the Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático y Danza de Valencia, danced for 8 years with Ballet Español de Martin Vargas and has been director of her own Ballet Español de Valencia for 15 years. His daughter, Angelina Romero Kressin, who is a trained classical pianist (first of the Romero dynasty to choose am instrument other than guitar), and his wife, Carissa S. Romero both of whom studied flamenco dance together with Juanita Franco (Sevilla), Manolete and Judea Maya (Granada) and Ivan Vargas (Granada) among other great masters and enjoy dancing at family gatherings.

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