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The Romero Guitar Quartet in concert at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. Photo: Tony Lewis.

Gig Pick: Romero Guitar Quartet at Dominion-Chalmers Church—02.16.19

By Barbara Popel and Greggory Clark on February 12, 2019

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear the classical guitar music played by “the royal family of guitar”. And the fact that the concert is at Dominion-Chalmers means both the acoustics and the sight lines will be good.

The Romero Guitar Quartet, a.k.a. Los Romeros, is a legendary ensemble which features members only of the Spanish-American Romero family. The classical quartet was founded in 1960 by Spanish guitar prodigy Celedonio Romero, who passed in the 1990s, and is survived by his sons and grandsons—all of whom made their concert debuts alongside Celedonio as young children.

Their Ottawa concert program is heavy on modern 19th- and 20th-century composers of Spain (Albéniz, Turina, Iradier, Barrios), Italy (Boccherini) and Brazil (Villa Lobos), but also includes an original work by Celedonio Romero and another by his son, Pepe Romero.

Listen to their live performance of El baile by Luis Alonso in the player below.


The Romero Guitar Quartet will be performing at Dominion-Chalmers United Church (355 Cooper St.) on Saturday February 16, 2019. Tickets are available online for $39–52. Visit ottawachamberfest.com for details.