Pepe Romero with Alexander Dunn, Robert Ward, & Randy Pile
Saturday, February 16th, 2013
Pepe Romero, the premiere classical guitarist in the world, needs no introduction. Performances around the globe, Spanish knighthood, accolades from the Vatican and US presidential administrations, Maestro Romero is a superstar in the classical music firmament. He taught and mentored UVic guitarist Alexander Dunn and will perform a special recital with his protégé and guests on Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:30pm, at First Metropolitan Church (Balmoral & Quadra).
Maestro Pepe Romero performs with Alexander Dunn and guests Robert Ward and Randy Pile.
Saturday, Feb. 16, First Metropolitan Church, 932 Balmoral Road (map).
TICKETS/ADMISSION: $30 adult, $25 senior & student. On sale at the McPherson Box Office (plus s/c) 250-386-6121 (or online) or at the door.
There are very few true living legends in the world of classical guitar and even fewer who have sustained greatness and grown throughout their lives. Pepe Romero is such an artist. He has been honored by kings, heads of state, and major institutions – the encomiums continue to pour in. But to Romero, his most important contribution has been reaching the everyday person. He has communicated the richness and beauty of the classical guitar to millions of people throughout the world. He has, indeed, become an ambassador of classical music, and, correspondingly, of the classical guitar.
Pepe Romero has performed (by himself and with his family) at the White House, the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, for HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, and Queen Beatrice of Holland. He received the “Premio Andalucía de la Música,” the highest recognition given by his native land. In addition, His Majesty, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, has knighted Pepe and his brothers into the Order of “Isabel la Católica.” Maestro Romero continually performs at the most prestigious music festivals around the globe.
He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria and a lifetime achievement award from the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He is delighted to return to Victoria for a special concert and is joined by his esteemed colleague Alexander Dunn, who heads the guitar programs at the University of Victoria School of Music and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Romero will also be joined by Randy Pile (California) and Robert Ward (Boston).