May 4, 2001

The Brilliance of Beethoven, With Gustavo Romero

With the success of our last two summer music festivals still resounding in listeners' ears, it's time for an encore! Pianist Gustavo Romero, San Diego's native son, returns to perform a four-concert Beethoven festival in commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the composer's death. The concerts, on four Sundays in July, will again take place at The Neurosciences Institute.

It started in 1999, when Romero played the solo piano repertoire of Chopin as the Signature Event in Music for the Athenaeum's 100th Anniversary celebration. Last summer, he returned to perform the Leipzig keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach, commemorating the 250th anniversary of Bach's death, in a series of four concerts that sold out The Neurosciences Institute auditorium.

Now, his focus on the piano works of a single composer continues with the music of Beethoven. In this year's Beethoven Festival, Romero will perform the piano sonatas, and Concerto No. 2. The first three concerts will consist of solo piano; for the fourth, Romero will conduct an eighteen-piece string ensemble, from the keyboard, in a program that includes music of Haydn and Mozart. Those who attended the final concert last summer will remember the brilliant playing of Romero and a small string ensemble, and won't miss this year's festival.

All concerts begin at 4 p.m., at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego. Tickets for the series of four are $80 for members, $92 for non-members; with individual concerts $22 and $25. There will be free, pre-concert lectures by Stanley Walens. Again this year, each concert will be followed by a gala dinner, with the pianist. VIP tickets including reserved seating and dinner, are $450 for the series of four, and $125 for individual evenings.

Because the last two Gustavo Romero festivals were sell-outs, early reservations are recommended. Call (858) 454-5872.

Romero will debut his Beethoven cycle at the Athenaeum, and then go on to perform it in South Africa, and elsewhere, during 2002.

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