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Athenaeum Summer Festival 2014
with pianist Gustavo Romero


Gustavo Romero

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s Summer Festival with pianist Gustavo Romero has become a cherished tradition in San Diego. The 2014 Athenaeum Summer Festival celebrates its 16th year. This summer, celebrated pianist Gustavo Romero returns for a four-part concert series celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven.

Romero, a native San Diegan, first performed at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library as a young boy, and it was with him that the Athenaeum planned its first Summer Festival in 1999, the organization’s 100th anniversary. Each year, Romero chooses composers to study in depth, sharing the full range of their artistry.


Sundays, July 6, 13, 20, 27; 4 PM
Concert Series (keyboard view): $172 members, $192 nonmembers

Concert Series (non-keyboard view): $132 members, $152 nonmembers

Sunday, July 6, 2014, 4PM
Individual concerts: (keyboard view): $45 members, $50 nonmembers
Please call for availability
Individual concerts: (non-keyboard view): $35 members, $40 nonmembers


Sunday, July 13, 2014, 4PM
Individual concerts: (keyboard view): $45 members, $50 nonmembers
Please call for availability
Individual concerts: (non-keyboard view): $35 members, $40 nonmembers


Sunday, July 20, 2014, 4PM
Individual concerts: (keyboard view): $45 members, $50 nonmembers
please call for availability
Individual concerts: (non-keyboard view): $35 members, $40 nonmembers

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 4PM
Individual concerts: (keyboard view): $45 members, $50 nonmembers
Please call for availability
Individual concerts: (non-keyboard view): $35 members, $40 nonmembers



Series with Dinners: $620

Sunday, July 6, 2014, 4:00PM
Individual concert with dinner: $165

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 4:00PM
Individual concert with dinner: $165
we're sorry there is dinner has been filled.

Sunday, July 20, 2014, 4:00PM
Individual concert with dinner: $165

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 4:00PM
Individual concert with dinner: $165

 

Athenaeum Summer Festival 2014 Program


Sunday, July 6, 4 PM

Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2
Sonata No.17 in D Minor, Op.31, No.2 (“Tempest”)

Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106 (“Hammerklavier”)

 

Sunday, July 13, 4 PM

Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1
Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3 (“The Hunt”)

Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3
Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”)

Sunday, July 20, 4 PM

Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1, “Sonata quasi una fantasia”
Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, “Sonata quasi una fantasia” (“Moonlight”)

Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”)

 

Sunday, July 27, 4 PM

Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 (“Pathétique”)
Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7

Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111

 

All concerts begin at 4 p.m. at the Auditorium of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)—formerly The Neurosciences Institute—at 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego 92121. Dinners immediately follow in a private home or at the Athenaeum.

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" Romero seizes live music and composers by the lapels."
- Cathy Robbins, Voice of San Diego

In the spring of 1976, a talented young San Diego pianist gave his first public performance as part of the Monday noon Mini-Concert series at the Athenaeum. Gustavo Romero was only eleven years old at the time, but had already established a reputation for his extraordinary talent and musicianship. After that early concert, the pianist performed with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 13, the Boston Pops Orchestra at 16, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at 18. After graduating from the Juilliard School of Music, Romero was the 1989 winner of the prestigious Clara Haskil Piano Competition in Switzerland, and this opened Europe to him. Since then, the pianist has played with other leading orchestras including Radio France Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, and the Liege Philharmonic, with which he appeared on tour and in a concert internationally telecast from the United Nations. He has also appeared at major festivals including New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Montpellier Festival in France, and the Montreux Festival in Switzerland. As a recitalist, Romero is in demand throughout the world. Since 1999, the Athenaeum has presented Romero’s “cycles,” devoted to specific composers, for which he is now widely known. Since Gustavo had memorized all of Chopin’s music, Erika Torri saw the opportunity to create a signature event to commemorate the library’s 100th anniversary. Following the Athenaeum anniversary performance, Gustavo took his ambitious Chopin series to New York’s Alice Tully Hall, where he headlined a three-hour marathon, featuring over two dozen American pianists and honoring Chopin's 150th anniversary.

Athenaeum Summer Festivals

1999 Chopin
2000 Bach
2001 Beethoven
2002 Beethoven
2003 Mozart
2004 Mozart
2005 Schubert
2006 Schumann


2007 Brahms
2008 Ten Years, Seven Composers, One Pianist
2009 Haydn and Mendelssohn
2010Frédéric François Chopin
2011 Franz Liszt
2012 Debussy and Gershwin
2013 Ravel and Rachmaninoff
2014 Beethoven







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