The Athenaeum’s 18th Annual Summer Festival Kicks Off July 10

the athenaeum summer festivalFor 17 years, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library has presented an unforgettable summer series featuring virtuoso pianist and San Diego native, Gustavo Romero, performing the complete piano repertoire of a specific composer. The artist plays entirely from memory, and the festival has become one of San Diego’s most cherished traditions. The 18th Annual Athenaeum Summer Festival will feature the works of Robert Schumann in a four-part concert series.

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-ever 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.

Recently, Mr. Romero has added more modern composers to the solo repertoire. This year, he will add works by Henri Dutilleux, Alberto Ginastera, and Mario Lavista to the incredible music of Robert Schumann. Mr. Romero states: “These are the major Schumann piano works that speak to me the most, and they are programmed with the celebration of two 100th birth anniversaries, of Dutilleux and Ginastera, as well as introducing a work by a living Mexican composer, Lavista.”

Dinners are offered immediately after each concert in private homes or at the Athenaeum; they’re a great opportunity for concertgoers to socialize, meet Mr. Romero, and share a delicious meal. This year’s concerts will be on July 10, 17, 24, and 31; all of them will begin at 4pm at The Auditorium at Scripps Research Institute, located at 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive in San Diego.


Series of Four Concerts
Keyboard view: $172 members/$192 nonmembers
Non-keyboard view: $132 members/$152 nonmembers

Series with Dinners
$620. All dinner tickets include keyboard seats.

Individual Concert Tickets
Keyboard view: $ 45 members/$50 nonmembers
Non-keyboard view: $35 members,/$40 nonmembers

Concert with Keyboard View and a Dinner: $165

Tickets are available for purchase at

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