The Cameron University School of Liberal Arts presents internationally renowned classical guitarist Pepe Romero on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Reserved seating is $25 per ticket; general admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students in Oklahoma public schools. The event is free to Cameron students, faculty and staff. To reserve tickets, call 581-5506.
Romero, the son of famed guitarist Celedonio Romero, made his debut at the age of 7 at the Teatro Lope de Vega in his native Spain. Since then, he has performed thousands of concerts worldwide as a solo instrumentalist and as part of the Romero Quartet. In addition to entertaining numerous heads of state, he has been a special guest artist at music festivals in Salzburg, Israel, Schleswig-Holstein, Osaka, Granada, Istanbul, Ravinia, Los Angeles and Wolf Trap, among others.
He has appeared with leading symphony orchestras and ensembles throughout the world, including the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Boston Pops, Dresden Philharmonic, London Symphony, and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. He has worked with major conductors around the world and has to his credit more than 60 recordings.
Romero has served as Professor of Guitar at the University of Southern California, University of California at San Diego, Southern Methodist University and the University of San Diego. He has conducted master classes at the Salzburg Summer Academy, Córdoba Guitar Festival, and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. In 2004 he was appointed Distinguished Artist in Residence at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.
Along with the Romero Quartet, he is a faculty member for the Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute held each summer as part of the Quartz Mountain Music Festival.
Romero holds an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. In June 1996, he received the Premio Andalucía de la Música, the highest recognition given by his native land for his contribution to the arts. In addition, he and his brothers were knighted into the Order of Isabella Católica by His Majesty, King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
In 2001, Romero and his family were the subject of “Los Romeros, the Royal Family of the Guitar,” a biographical documentary broadcast on PBS. Following this production, German television released another documentary about the Romeros, “Los Romeros, the Dynasty of the Guitar." In 2007, the Romeros received the President's Merit Award from the Recording Academy for significant contributions to the music world and professional career achievements.
Pepe Romeo in concert is made possible through the generous support of Cameron University Lectures and Concerts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.
January 25, 2012