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Pianist Gustavo Romero performs at Guest Concert Series

The 13th season of the Guest Concert Series at Dominican University of California resumed November 10 with a performance by leading American pianist Gustavo Romero at Angelico Concert Hall off Acacia Avenue on the University campus.

The Sunday concerts, sponsored by Dominican’s Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts, start at 3 p.m.  Free parking is available in the nearby Conlan Center lot off Grand Avenue in San Rafael.

Romero, a native of San Diego with heritage in Guadalajara, Mexico, made his orchestral debut at the age of 13 with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta.  Romero went on to win the prestigious Avery Fisher Young Artist Career Grant in 1983 and the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1989. He has appeared around the world as a soloist with leading orchestras and as a solo/chamber recitalist.  He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is currently Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas.

“Romero is a Chopin natural, a serious young pianist with singing tone and bravura technique. The same strong fingers, outgoing dynamism and lyric melodic touch can serve Bach as well,” the Los Angeles Times said.

Last fall, Romero presented a concert tour through Korea, and performed with orchestra in Bangkok, and recitals in Italy playing Schubert 4-hands works with Italian pianist Massimo Somenzi. This year, Romero also will present piano recitals in China, Italy, and Switzerland.

In addition, a feature film about Romero’s life and artistry premièred in La Jolla, CA: Gustavo Romero: Portrait in Piano. A copy can be found at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

“We are so proud to present world-class performers on our campus in a small, intimate setting at such an affordable price,” said June Choi Oh, chair of the Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts at Dominican who is a Juilliard School-trained pianist. “It presents a unique and special opportunity for music lovers of all ages. We welcome members of our audience to meet informally with performers over refreshments following each concert.”

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The concerts at Dominican are free to students under the age of 18 including middle school and elementary school children if accompanied and supervised by an adult.  In addition, community college students with a valid I.D. and music and art teachers in grades K-12 will be admitted free of charge along with Dominican faculty, staff and students with a valid I.D.

Subscription season tickets for the Guest Concert Series are $72 for general admission, $60 for seniors over 60. Single-event tickets, which are only available at the door 30 minutes prior to scheduled performances, are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors over 60.

For more information on tickets and the 2013-14 Guest Concert Series schedule, call 415-482-3579, email concerts@dominican.edu or visit http://www.dominican.edu/events.


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