by Evan Tublitz—-On Wednesday, November 4th at 7:30 pm, the renowned Münich Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Philippe Entremont, noted pianist, conductor and The Romeros, famed guitar quartet will perform a special program including two Rodrigo guitar concerti and the famous Italian Symphony by Mendelssohn.
The program includes:
- George Bizet — Philippe Entremont’s excerpts from Carmen Suites No. 1 & No. 2
- Joaquín Rodrigo — Concierto de Aranjuez, with Pepe Romero, guitar soloist
- Joaquín Rodrigo — Concierto Andaluz, with The Romeros, guitar quartet
- Felix Mendelssohn — Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, A Major, Italian
Founded in 1945, the Münich Symphony Orchestra is one of the most distinguished ensembles of the Bavarian capital. Its numerous tours have been presented on leading concert stages across Europe, The U.S., and Asia. Philippe Entremont, the orchestra’s honorary conductor, has had a celebrated career both as a conductor and as one of the world’s major pianists. This will be Mr. Entremont’s third appearance for Troy Chromatic Concerts. We also welcome back, for a second time, The Romeros, a veritable institution in the world of classical music, and widely regarded as “The Royal Family of the Guitar.”
As an ongoing commitment to our region, Troy Chromatic Concerts, Inc., in our 119th Season, is pleased to bring world-class orchestras to the area to be heard in the fine acoustics of Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. As one of a few organizations that can offer such orchestras locally, we are challenged, as most presenters in this country, to bring in such large orchestras due to the ever increasing costs facing the arts today. Troy Chromatics has had a long-standing mission to bring the world’s foremost musicians to our famous stage here in Troy to enhance the cultural life of the Capital Region and surrounding areas.
We are so thrilled to welcome back Maestro Entremont and The Romeros and are especially excited to bring the world famous Münich Symphoniker to our area. In anticipation of this exciting concert, I would like to share background on both the Orchestra and the soloists.
_______________________ About Philippe Entremont ______________________
The exceptional career of Philippe Entremont began at the age of eighteen when he came to international attention with his great success at New York’s Carnegie Hall playing Jolivet’s piano concerto and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Since then, he has pursued a top international career as a pianist, and for the last 30 years, Philippe Entremont has guest conducted European and American orchestras as well as performed numerous piano and chamber music concerts. He also toured the Vienna Concert-Verein in the United States with soloist, Sebastian Knauer.
Renown as an orchestral conductor and his dedication to developing orchestras’ artistic potential, he has led numerous international tours, playing before full houses: 10 tours in the United States and seven in Japan with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, a tour of 11 concerts with the Orquestra de Cadaqués in capitals of countries in Asia, and a tour in Switzerland and Germany conducting the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. The last several concert seasons has taken Philippe Entremont all over the world with many orchestral tours including the Münich Symphony Orchestra, Israel Festival Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra.
Of particular note, in the 2010-2011 season, Philippe Entremont became Principal Conductor of the Boca Raton Philharmonic and Lifetime Laureate Conductor of the Münich Symphony Orchestra. As Principal Guest Conductor of the Münich Symphony Orchestra, he has led tours internationally, including the U.S. in 2005 and 2006, conducting from the piano as well as the podium. He returned in both capacities for the Münich Symphony’s highly successful 15-concert U.S. tour in February of 2009.
In 1997, Philippe Entremont founded the biennial Santo Domingo Music Festival, of which he is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Festival Orchestra. The Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2007 with a special concert series featuring the premieres of two Festival-commissioned symphonies by Dominican composers, and performances by internationally renowned guest artists such as André Watts, Dan Zhu, Arturo Sandoval, and Vitalij Kowaljow. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués. In 2006, in connection with the“Mozart Year,” he conducted the Tokyo-based Super World Orchestra. Philippe Entremont was also among the 10 world-class pianists chosen to perform in the “Piano Extravaganza of the Century” at the 2008 Beijing Olympic
Mr. Entremont was Music Director of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra from 1981 to 1986, after which he became Music Director of the Denver Symphony. He was also Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra until 2002. After serving as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra for almost thirty years, he is now Conductor Laureate for Life. He was also Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and is now their Conductor Laureate.
Philippe Entremont has directed the greatest symphony orchestras of Europe, Asia and America: Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, Minnesota, Seattle, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Montreal, The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquestra Nacional de España, the Academy of Santa Cecilia of Rome, l’Orchestre National de France, the orchestras of Göteberg, Stockholm, Oslo and Warsaw, the NHK of Tokyo, the KBS Orchestra of Seoul, the Vienna Symphony and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bergen, to name a few. He has worked with the world’s greatest instrumental and vocal soloists.
One of the most recorded artists of all time, Philippe Entremont has appeared on many labels including CBS Sony, Teldec and Harmonia Mundi, and garnered all of the leading prizes and awards in the industry. His 2008 releases include Mozart’s Concertone; Concerto for Violin and Piano with the Wiener Kammerorchester, Strauss’ lieder with Sophie Koch (mezzo-soprano), and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 with the Orquesta del Festival Musical de Santa Domingo.
A recipient of many awards including Great Cross of the Austrian Republic Order of Merit, Officer of the French Legion of Honor, Commander of the Order of Merit, and Commander of the Order of Arts et Lettres; Philippe Entremont has also been awarded the Arts and Sciences Cross of Honor of Austria. He is President of the International Certificate for Piano Artists, President of the Bel’Arte Foundation of Brussels and Director of the famed American Conservatory of Fountainebleau, a post formerly held by the legendary Nadia Boulanger.
_______________________ About Pepe Romero _______________________
One of the most celebrated and versatile musicians of his generation on any instrument, the Spanish-born guitarist Pepe Romero has enjoyed a varied and illustrious career. Together with his father, the legendary Celedonio Romero, and his brothers Celin and Angel, Pepe established The Romeros Quartet—the “Royal Family of the Guitar”—as the leading guitar ensemble in the world. Known for classical performances of dazzling virtuosity, compelling interpretations, and flawless technique, Pepe is also a passionate advocate of the traditional flamenco of his native Andalusia. He has appeared as featured soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras and ensembles, in collaboration with the most celebrated conductors and composers. Beginning in 2013, Pepe Romero has played numerous concerts worldwide honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of his father.
Since his first recording, Flamenco Fenómeno!, released when he was only fifteen, Pepe has made more than fifty recordings, including over twenty concertos with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner and Iona Brown. Among his recent releases are the Concierto festivo written for him by Ernesto Cordero (NAXOS), for which her received a Latin Grammy Nomination for “Best Classical Album,” and a song cycle Mi jardín solitario by Lorenzo Palomo (NAXOS). A new Spanish solo collection entitled Spanish Nights (which includes a premiere recording of Suite Madrileña No.1 by Celedonio Romero) was released in June 2012 by Deutsche Grammophon.
In addition to his recording work, Pepe has also been featured in the award-winning film documentary Shadows and Light: Joaquín Rodrigo at 90.
In 2004, Pepe Romero was named Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music; he also teaches master classes at USC, in the Salzburg Summer Academy, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and the Córdoba Guitar Festival. Among other honors, Pepe has been knighted into the Order of “Isabel la Católica,” awarded honorary doctorates in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Victoria and the “Premio Andalucia de Música,” the highest recognition given by his native land for contribution to the arts.
_______________________ About The Romeros ________________________
Over half a century 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 the raves of reviewers worldwide. Known to millions as “The Royal Family of the Guitar,” The Romeros were founded by the legendary Celedonio Romero with his sons Celin, Pepe and Angel in 1958. The Quartet went through natural transformations, and today consists of the second (Celin & Pepe) and third generations (Lito & 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 absolutely without precedent.
Collectively, they are the only classical guitar quartet of real stature in the world today; in fact, they virtually invented the format.” — The New York Times
Celebrating their 55th anniversary, this season includes tours in Asia, Europe, South America and the United States. The Romeros will also be presenting special concerts and festivals in memory of the 100th anniversary of patriarch Celedonio Romero. As the family says, “the spirit of the quartet is him; all our concerts now pay homage to him.”
In 1957, the family left Spain and immigrated to the United States, where three years later, “The Romeros” became 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.
The sterling reputation of The Romeros has been confirmed by repeated recital performances and orchestral appearances with symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Sevilla, Amsterdam, Münich, Rome, Shanghai, 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.
The Romeros are particularly popular with college audiences, making regular appearances on university music series throughout the country as well as on international fine arts series. In New York, they have been repetitively invited to Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park, the 92nd Street Y, and Rockefeller University. They have appeared at Vienna’s Gesangsverein and Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Zurich Tonhalle, Madrid Auditorio Nacional de Musica, and the Beijing Concert Hall.
The Romeros have performed on multiple occasions at the White House and many other venerable institutions worldwide. In 1983, they appeared at The Vatican in a special concert for 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”.
With their long history, The Romeros have built an enviable discography and their achievements have not gone unnoticed. A recent project with Deutsche Grammophon included the much anticipated Christmas with Lose Romeros which features favorites from around the world and was released worldwide and accompanied by tours in Europe, the United States and Asia. Other recent recordings include a recital album entitled appropriately Los Romeros: Celebration (Sony Red Seal) and a retrospective collection, Los Romeros: Golden Jubilee Celebration (DECCA).
Television fans have seen and heard The Romeros many times on such shows as The Tonight Show and The Today Show, PBS’s Evening at the Boston Pops, the KPBS/PBS biographical documentary Los Romeros: The Royal Family of the Guitar, other PBS specials and the NDR documentary film Los Romeros: Die Gitarren-Dynastie. In 2007, The Romeros received the President’s Merit Award from the Recording Academy, producers of the Grammy Awards, for their significant contributions to the music world and professional career achievements.
Perhaps The Romero’s most lasting legacy is the creation of an entirely new repertoire for guitar quartet, both as a chamber ensemble and as concerto soloists. The 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 Münich Symphony Orchestra ____________________
The logo of the Münich Symphony Orchestra shows a golden angel on the banks of the River Isar
whose wing tips point skywards, keeping vigil over the Bavarian state capital. Strongly committed to Münich and its music traditions, the Münich Symphony Orchestra is one of the city’s four symphony orchestras. The Orchestra takes as its motto the maxim, “The Sound of our City.” With its four subscription concert series in Münich’s grand venues it is well-established as one of the city’s most renowned ensembles, and when on tour, it takes that “Sound of our City” far and wide beyond the city limits.
Classical-Romantic orchestral repertoire is at the heart of the MSO’s mission to uphold musical
traditions while offering new listening experiences. Famous soloists and talented newcomers in the classical field are always happy to make guest appearances with the orchestra. Experienced conductors and those just starting out on a career can regularly be seen on the rostrum directing the orchestra. Since the 2014/2015 season Bielefeld-born Kevin John Edusei has been the MSO’s Principal Conductor. He is complemented from time to time by the young German-American Ken-David Masur as Principal Guest Conductor. And, of course, as noted earlier, the Orchestra enjoys an artistic bond with Philippe Entremont, its Honorary Conductor.
In addition to the classical repertoire, the Münich Symphony Orchestra also excels in top-flight productions in the fields of opera, film, and show music. The program comprises around 110 concerts per year, offering audiences a wide repertoire in which the orchestra’s extrovert style of music-making is on show. Lovers of film soundtracks have enjoyed live performances of the music to The Lord of the Rings and Disney’s Fantasia and opera lovers flock to the Opera Festival at the Gut Immling estate to enjoy the Münich Symphony Orchestra’s playing.
The Troy Chromatic Concerts invite all of you to come to this exciting concert and hear one of the great German orchestras directed by a musical legend, Phillipe Entremont and enjoy the renowned guitar quartet, The Romeros. See you Wednesday!