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THE ROMEROS WITH CONCERTO MÁLAGA BRING A CHRISTMAS CONCERT TO FAIRFAX ON DEC. 15 AT 8PM

November 19, 2012
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

WELCOMES

THE ROMEROS

WITH CONCERTO MÁLAGA

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 19, 2012 – Known worldwide as “The Royal Family of the Guitar,” The Romeros have enchanted audiences across the globe for more than 50 years with their beautiful interpretations of music through the intricate and velvety sounds of the classical guitar. This gifted ensemble joins forces with Concerto Málaga, a 13-piece Spanish string ensemble, and its conductor, Massimo Paris, for an exquisite evening of Christmas music at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at 8 p.m. This performance is Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 are half price when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the concert on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

 “One of the enduring mysteries of musical talent is how skills seem to flow genetically from parent to child. In the Romero family the flow has been swift and unimpeded.” (The New York Times) The Romeros were founded in 1960 by legendary Spanish soloist Celedonio Romero, who taught his sons Celin, Pepe and Angel to play the guitar when they were very young. Shortly after the family immigrated to the United States in 1957, the family became the world’s first classical guitar quartet while the boys were still teenagers. In the decades that followed, Celedonio and his sons (and later, his grandsons) traversed the globe, performing at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the White House and the Vatican, and entertaining the likes of Pope John Paul II, HRH Prince Charles and King Juan Carlos of Spain. Celedonio died in 1996, but sons Celin and Pepe and grandsons Lito and Celino still continue to honor his legacy, and The Romeros’ 2012-2013 season features a series of concerts celebrating the 100th anniversary of Celedonio’s birth.

Founded in 1996 in southern Spain, Concerto Málaga has brought its sophisticated interpretations of Spanish music to audiences around the world under its artistic director and conductor, Massimo Paris, who is also a celebrated viola and viola d’amore soloist. In addition to The Romeros, the ensemble has collaborated with numerous international artists, including violinist Mariana Sirbu, flamenco guitarist Juan Martin, flutist Massimo Mercelli and pianist María Luisa Cantos. Concerto Málaga is sponsored by the Málaga City Council and has ties to numerous cultural organizations throughout Spain. The ensemble has been the “orchestra in residence” of County Donegal, Ireland since 2008 and is engaged in an ongoing educational and performance project in Northwestern Ireland.

In 2011, The Romeros and Concerto Málaga collaborated on a Christmas album, “Christmas with Los Romeros,” featuring traditional and contemporary Christmas carols including “Carol of the Bells,” “Away in a Manger,” “Ave Maria,” selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and “Christmas Suite for Four Guitars and Strings,” composed by Massimo Paris. The program for this concert will feature many of these works, as well as a collection of Christmas carols from around the world.

 

Tickets for THE ROMEROS WITH CONCERTO MÁLAGA are $23, $38 and $46. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

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