U.S. International Guitar Series Season 2021 Grand Finale
U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is ecstatic to announce that the legendary Romero Quartet will be performing the final grand finale concert of the U.S. International Guitar Series Season 2021 on September 25 and it will be for a live audience at the Kahilu Theatre in Hawaii as well as streaming live worldwide! The first five concerts of the series have been receiving rave reviews for the very high level of artistry, repertoire selection, sound, video, and overall quality of entertainment setting the bar very high for online virtual concerts. We are excited that we are now transitioning back to live concerts again as we are approaching the end of the pandemic.
Embarking on their 60th Anniversary Tour, the Romero Quartet featuring Celin, Pepe, Celino, and Lito Romero will perform. Over half a century after walking onto the world stage as the first classical guitar quartet, The 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,” the 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.”
In the 2012-2013 season, the Romeros celebrated their fifty-fifth anniversary with tours in Asia, Europe, South America and the United States. The Romeros also presented special concerts and festivals in memory of the 100th anniversary of patriarch Celedonio Romero. 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, “The 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 favorites from around the world. “Christmas with Los Romeros” was released worldwide and accompanied by tours in Europe, the United States and Asia, 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 The 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.