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Guitarrada VII with Pepe Romero and the Harris Guitar Collection

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, April 11, 2013


The Harris Guitar Foundation (HGF) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music are delighted to announce Guitarrada VII and an exciting new collaboration between HGF and the Conservatory. On April 29 at 7:30 p.m., guitarist Pepe Romero and luthier Richard Bruné join Conservatory guitar faculty and students for an evening of lively conversation and music performed on rare vintage guitars from the Harris Guitar Collection (HGC). Co-hosted by David Tanenbaum, chair of the Conservatory guitar department, and L. John Harris, president of The Harris Guitar Foundation, Guitarrada VII takes place in the Conservatory’s Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall at 50 Oak Street in San Francisco. Now it its seventh year, the annual event is free and open to the public.

The occasion will also celebrate a new collaboration between HGF and the Conservatory that integrates instruments from the Harris Guitar Collection into the guitar department’s curriculum.

"Thanks to the enthusiastic support of the Conservatory and the loyalty of our audiences, Guitarrada has become a popular event at the Conservatory,” says Harris, president of The Harris Guitar Foundation. "Now I’m thrilled to announce that the newly formed Harris Guitar Foundation will make the Harris Guitar Collection available on a regular basis to the guitar students and faculty of the Conservatory for educational purposes, including scholarship, performance and recordings.”

"The Conservatory guitar department,” says Tanenbaum, "is very happy to welcome back Richard Bruné, Pepe Romero and the wonderful Harris Guitar Collection for another evening devoted to the exploration of the guitar's history through the lens of these instruments. In addition, the occasion represents a heartfelt thank you to President Colin Murdoch for fostering the collaboration between the organizations as well as an homage to Pepe, who received an honorary doctorate from the school in 2011.”

This year’s Guitarrada features over a dozen guitars from the Harris Collection that will eventually be on permanent public display at the Conservatory. Special guests Romero and Bruné will deliver their usual fare—exquisite playing by Romero and fascinating lore and scholarship from Bruné. The event will also feature a special performance by Conservatory faculty guitarists Sérgio Assad, Marc Teicholz, Lawrence Farrara and David Tanenbaum.

"We will play together as a quartet for the first time,” says Tanenbaum.” "We chose a piece by Moreno Torroba written for the Romero Quartet to honor Pepe and his family and the beginning of the life of the Harris Guitar Collection on our campus."

In the tradition of previous Guitarradas, Conservatory students will perform on instruments they have selected from the Harris Collection.

Romero appears at Guitarrada in conjunction with a solo concert on April 28 at Herbst Theatre produced by the OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts in partnership with San Francisco Performances. The HGF and Conservatory are grateful to the OMNI Foundation and Director Richard Patterson for its ongoing support of the Guitarrada series. Tickets for Romero’s solo concert are available at or by calling (415) 242-4500 or (650) 726-1203.

Plans for joint projects between HGF and OMNI will be the subject of future announcements.

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