Spanish Nights - With the Romeros
February 24, 2014
Renowned Classical Guitar Quartet — The Romeros — to Perform in a Rare, Intimate Concert at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Saturday, March 1
First live music concert to take place inside the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater
San Diego, CA—February 20, 2014— The Romeros, the internationally renowned “Royal Family of the Guitar,” will perform at an exclusive concert in the state-of-the-art Eugene and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.
The performance, titled Spanish Nights — With the Romeros, is the first-ever live music concert to take place in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater — best known for its IMAX® film screenings and planetarium shows. The concert will be followed by a post-performance cocktail reception where guests can mix and mingle with the Romeros, who reside in the Del Mar area.
More than 50 years 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 rave reviews worldwide.
This rare appearance is a unique opportunity for fans of classical music to enjoy a night of great live music in the intimate 314-seat theater, which features a 6.1 surround-sound system and 16,000 watts of power — capable of providing very high-quality, detailed sound for an unparalleled concert-going experience.
Tickets are $150; proceeds will benefit the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and its science education programs. (Cocktail attire is encouraged.) Sponsorship opportunities are available.
The Romeros were founded by legendary Spanish soloist Celedonio Romero with his sons Celin, Pepe and Angel in 1958. The Quartet went through natural transformations, and today consists of the second (Celin and Pepe) and third generations (Lito and 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 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.”
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Heikoff Giant Dome Theater is located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. For more information about this event, call (619) 238-1233 or visit www.rhfleet.org/events/spanish-nights-romeros. Tickets can be purchased at the Fleet ticket counter or online at the previously listed link.
About the Romeros
Celedonio Romero was a renowned soloist in Spain. As each of his sons reached the age of two or three, they began learning the guitar from their father, making their debuts in Spain by the time they were seven. In 1957, the family immigrated to the U.S., where three years later, “The Romeros” walked onto the world stage as 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 on the concert stage. On May 8, 1996, Celedonio died in San Diego and his sons and grandsons continue the legacy. As the family says, “The spirit of the quartet is him; all our concerts now pay homage to him.”
The sterling reputation of The Romeros has been confirmed by repeated recital performances and orchestral appearances, including symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Sevilla, Amsterdam, Munich, Rome, Shanghai and 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, among others.
Touring worldwide, The Romeros have performed on multiple occasions at the White House. In 1983, they appeared at the Vatican in a special concert for Pope 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 The Romeros’ most lasting legacy is the creation of an entirely new repertoire for guitar quartet, both as a chamber ensemble and as concerto soloists. For 50 years, three generations of 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.”
About the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (the Fleet) is home to Southern California's only Giant Dome Theater and 100+ hands-on science exhibits for all ages. Watch immersive giant-screen films in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, which reopened in 2012 after extensive renovations. Our theater is extraordinary in many ways. It is the world's first IMAX® Dome Theater, the world's first NanoSeam™ Dome screen in an IMAX theater, and it offers two unique experiences in one space: IMAX films and planetarium shows. The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater boasts a 76-foot tilted Dome screen and a 16,000-watt digital surround sound system, providing a stunning visual and audio experience. Experience eight galleries of fun, interactive exhibits, including major traveling exhibitions. A hurricane simulator thrills visitors with gusts of wind up to 80 miles per hour. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in Galileo's Café. Find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store. Located at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology. For information regarding current admission prices, please call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at www.rhfleet.org.