World Famous Guitarist Pepe Romero in Concert at the Wadsworth
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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fabulous. Pepe was incredible, and so was the New West Symphony. The Concierto de Aranjuez that featured Pepe on guitar was so impressive and so moving. It was already one of my favorite classical pieces, but I had never heard it performed live before. To hear Pepe, who is from Spain, play that piece, was a once in a lifetime experience. The very last piece of the night was also great, with symphony members getting up and leaving as part of the performance! Music sure does tell a story. Loved the whole experience. And the audience gave Pepe a standing ovation in the middle of the show!
Quotes & Highlights
Romero “makes his guitar talk.” —New York Times
World famous Sir Pepe Romero performs one of the most recognized works from film, the eloquent Rodrigo Concierto. The haunting slow movement has inspired filmmakers and artists all over the world. Pepe Romero, who worked with the composer, is acclaimed for his inspiring performance of this work. Romero also performs the Vivaldi Guitar Concerto.
The afternoon begins with Bizet’s delightfully high-spirited Symphony in C and ends with Haydn’s (Farewell) Symphony no. 49. At this performance, the New West Symphony will perform the theatrical joke exactly as Haydn intended in 1722. An unforgettable afternoon in the theater!