Review: Angel Romero entrances with Rodrigo concerto at Tobin Center

May 22, 2017 - 3:15pm

A gleaming episode from the San Antonio Symphony’s long-ago history rematerialized Friday night. A young Spanish guitarist named Angel Romero recorded Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the San Antonio Symphony in November 1967 at Municipal Auditorium, now the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, a record that endures on compact disc. Romero returned Friday night with the symphony for another Rodrigo concerto, “Fantasía para un gentilhombre,” or “Fantasy for a Gentleman.” The same poetic sound, the magisterial guitar playing, the gossamer strings, the hint of flamenco and the glistening woodwinds reappeared like magic from 50 years ago. After the concerto, Romero told the audience of about 1,200 people the story of how his parents met in Spain. He then played an encore composed by his father, Celedonio Romero, the “Fantasia from Suite Andaluza.”

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