The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s Summer Festival with pianist Gustavo Romero has become a cherished tradition in San Diego. The 17th annual Athenaeum Summer Festival begins on July 5, and is a four-part series of concerts will feature the works of Franz Schubert. Get your tickets now for this uniquely San Diego experience.
Gustavo 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.
Dinners are offered after each concert in private homes or at the Athenaeum. All concerts take place at The Scripps Research Institute.
- July 5: Impromptus, D. 899 C Minor, E-flat Major, G-flat Major , A -flat Major Nielsen- At the Bier of a Young Artist 4 Impromptus, D. 935 F Minor, A-flat Major, B-Flat Majro, F Minor Emma Lou Diemer-Toccata (1979) Wanderer Fantasie, D. 760
- July 12: Moments Musicaux, D. 780 I. Moderato, II. Andantino, III. Allegro Moderato, IV. Moderato, V. Allegro Vivace, VI. Allegretto Berg- Sonata, Op. 1 Sonata in G Major, D. 894 I. Molto Moderato e cantabile, II. Andante, III. Menuetto, Allegro Moderato, IV. Allegretto Sonata in C Minor, D. 958 I. Allegro, II. Adagio, III.Menuetto & Trio, IV. Allegro
- July 19: Sonata in C Major, “Relique”, D. 840 I. Moderato, II. Andante Webern-Minuet (1925) Sonata in A Minor, D. 845 I. Moderato, II. Andante Poco Moto, III. Scherzo- Allegro Vivace, IV. Rondo- Allegro Vivace Sonata in A Major, D. 959 I. Allegro, II. Andantino, III. Scherzo & Trio, IV. Rondo- Allegretto
- July 26: Drei Klavierstucke, D.946 I. E-flat Minor, II. E-flat Major, III. C Major Arnold Schonberg- Sechs Kleine Klavierstucke Op. 19 Sonata in A Minor, D. 784 I. Allegro Giusto, II. Andante, III. Allegro Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960 I. Molto Moderato, II. Andante Sostenuto, III. Scherzo: Allegro Vivace con Delicatezza- Trio, IV. Allegro, ma non Troppo- Presto
Individual tickets are $45-$165; series tickets are $132-$192; and series with dinners are $620.
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, located in the heart of La Jolla in San Diego County, is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. This rare cultural institution, an important one to the greater San Diego area, offers a depth and accessibility of resources and programs found nowhere else in the region. The library, devoted exclusively to music and art, has an outstanding and ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference material, compact discs, videocassettes, DVDs, sheet music, and librettos, as well as one of the most significant collections of artists’ books in Southern California. The library is open to the public five days a week; members can check out materials for a modest annual fee. The Athenaeum also presents an eclectic, year-round schedule of art exhibitions, concerts (classical, jazz, and new music), lectures, studio art classes through its School of the Arts, tours and special events. To quote the San Diego Union-Tribune, “There are few libraries in America as unusual as the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.”