Dont miss your chance to attend master class at Marylhurst University

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Guitar virtuoso Pepe Romero will perform a solo concert as part of Portland Classic Guitar’s series on April 26. He will present a master class on April 25. Tickets to both events are still available. Portland Classic Guitar will present the first Portland-area solo performance of guitar virtuoso Pepe Romero on April 26 at The First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave. in Portland.

A master class will precede the much-anticipated concert at Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall on April 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets to the concert range in price from $30 to $49. The fee to audit the master class is $20 and the performer’s fee is $50 per player. Both concert tickets and master class fees can be secured by calling 503-654-0082.

“It is no exaggeration to say that Pepe Romero is a living legend in the worlds of both classical and flamenco music and that his first solo performance in Portland is long overdue,” said William Jenks, PCG proprietor. “Now nearly 70 years old, Romero is the second son of the famed Spanish guitarist and composer Celedonia Romero, with whom he was a founding member of the beloved quartet, the Romeros — affectionately known as the Royal Family of the Guitar. To achieve musical excellence in that context alone would have been notable for most guitarists. But Pepe Romero has gone even farther that world-class ensemble playing, mastering his instrument as a soloist as well, thanks to an astonishing technique, a wide-ranging sensibility and a seemingly unerring musical taste. Given his larger-than-life reputation, this concert is simply not to be missed.”

Since his public debut at age 7, Romero has performed regularly, giving literally thousands of concerts before all sorts of audiences — from avid fans to eager students and royalty. He has been a special guest at prominent music festivals including Salzburg, Tanglewood and Wolf Trap. He has performed with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, the Boston Pops, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the London Symphony, the American Sinfonietta and many more.

“Naturally, he is highly respected and sought after by the world’s greatest conductors as well,” said Jenks. “It is not unusual to find him performing with the likes of Sir Neville Marriner, Eugene Ormandy, Arthur Fiedler, Andre Kostelanetz and Leonard Slatkin.”

As a musical scholar as well as a performer, Romero rounds out his repertoire by championing the work of lesser-known composers from the history of the guitar, including Fernando Sor and Mauro Giuliani. Many of his best-loved performances are to be found in the extensive discography, which includes more than 80 recordings. His most recent offering, a Naxos release that featured Ernesto Cordero’s new work “Concerto Festivo,” was nominated for a Latin Grammy.

Romero is a gifted and talented teacher with teaching tenures at the University of Southern California, the University of California at San Diego, Southern Methodist University and the University of San Diego.

Jenks said that master classes like the one he will present at Marylhurst have been previously featured at Salzburg Summer Academy, the Cordoba Guitar Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival.

“During the 2013-14 season, Pepe Romero will celebrate his long career and his 70th birthday by touring the world,” Jenks said. “It is an honor to have him included in the PCG series this year.”

Still to come in the PCG series is a concert by Italian guitarist Flavio Cucchi on May 10, also at Wiegand Hall and the United Kingdom’s Jonathan Leathwood on June 14. Leathwood will present a master class at Marylhurst on June 15.

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