JEFF EDMONS, music director & conductor


La Jolla Music Society is proud to feature the gifted young musicians of SDYS’ Chamber Orchestra joined by guest soloist, guitarist Celino Romero, part of The Royal Family of Guitar, The Romeros. This multiyear collaboration highlights LJMS’ long-standing commitment to education and SDYS’ tradition of excellence and innovative programming.

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VIVALDIConcerto in D Major for Guitar, Strings and Continuo RV 93
BOCCHERINIGrave assai; Fandango from Quintet in D Major for Guitar and Strings, G. 448 "Fandango"
Solo works for guitar to be announced from stage
BEETHOVENSymphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92

SDYSChamber3Under the leadership of President and CEO Dalouge Smith and Music Director Jeff Edmons, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) instills excellence in the musical and personal development of students ages 8 to 23 through rigorous and inspiring musical training experiences. Since 1945, SDYS has given thousands of musicians the opportunity to study and perform classical repertoire at a highly advanced level. SDYS attracts student musicians from throughout San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties and serves over 600 students annually through its 12 ensembles.

The organization’s preeminent ensemble, the SDYS Chamber Orchestra is comprised of the principal and assistant principal musicians from the advanced level Ovation Program and rehearses at an extraordinarily proficient level for a youth program. Provided the finest training, the Chamber Orchestra is given the opportunity to perform professional level repertoire from multiple historic periods for both string orchestra and full chamber orchestra on a national and international stage. Most recently, select students of the San Diego Youth Symphony participated in SDYS’s 70th Anniversary tour to China and performed in Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, San Diego’s sister city Yantai’s Poly Grand Theatre and the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai in June 2015.

SDYS Chamber Orchestra last performed at La Jolla Music Society in the San Diego Youth Symphony Series on December, 11 2015 San Diego Youth Symphony enjoys a successful partnership with LJMS.

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Jeff-EdmondUnder Jeff Edmons' direction, the Youth Symphony has experienced tremendous growth, both in enrollment and in level of musical achievement. Performing the most difficult works in classical repertoire, SDYS achieves the highest standard attainable by a youth orchestra. SDYS' exemplary standards of skill and musicianship have afforded it the opportunity to participate in the most prestigious international festivals and perform with eminent guest artists and musicians from around the world.

Under Mr. Edmons direction, the Youth Symphony boasts a strong international presence as well as setting a benchmark for excellence in the United States. San Diego Magazine named Jeff Edmons as "50 People to Watch in 1997."

Mr. Edmons has dedicated himself to promoting youth music and youth education. He has led youth, collegiate and professional orchestras in critically acclaimed performances throughout the United States, as well as Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Switzerland. He has received numerous local and national invitations and awards for his achievements in music education. Mr. Edmons has also been featured in articles and journals honoring his work and has been the subject of documentaries on CNN, Fox Television, National Public Radio and many more.

He studied violin performance with Michael Davis, former Concertmaster of the Scottish National Orchestra, String Pedagogy with renown Pedagogue Dr. Robert Gillespie, and he studied Wind, Brass,Percussion Pedagogy and Wind Ensemble conducting with Craig Kirchoff, Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Wind Orchestra and past President and Chair of the National College Band Director's Association.

Jeff Edmons and the San Diego Youth Symphony enjoy a successful partnership with LJMS.

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Celino Romero

Celino Romero is the youngest member of the legendary “Royal Family of the Guitar,” The Romeros. A veritable institution in the world of classical music, The Romeros guitar quartet was founded by the celebrated Spanish guitarist Celedonio Romero with his sons Celin, Pepe and Angel. The ensemble today consists of the second generation (Celin and Pepe) and third generation (Celino and Lito) of The Romeros. The New York Times has said of the Romeros, “One of the enduring mysteries of musical talent is how skills seem to flow genetically from musical parent to musical child. In the Romero family the flow has been swift and unimpeded. The virtuosity of the four Romeros was uniformly solid and finely considered, as if these techniques had derived from a single mold.”

Celino, son of Celin, began his studies with his father and grandfather at age three and joined the quartet in 1990. Highlights of his career with the ensemble include concerts in major venues across Europe, including Berlin’s Philharmonie, Vienna’s Gesangverein and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Istanbul’s Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall and Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Musica, among others. In the United States, he has performed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and in Asia at Beijing’s and Shanghai’s Concert Halls, the Seoul Arts Center and many more. The family has twice been invited to the White House, has played for His Holiness Pope John Paul II and for His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. His Royal Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain knighted Pepe and Celin into the Order of “Isabel la Catolica,” Spain’s highest honor. The Romeros have appeared many times on television, including the Tonight and Today shows as well as on PBS specials. In 2007 they received the Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award from the GRAMMYS in honor of their artistic achievements. The Romeros celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2008-2009 with a world tour that included sold-out performances in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.

In addition to 25 years as a member of The Romeros, Celino is also active as a soloist. He has performed Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the San Francisco, Houston, Vermont, Long Beach, Utah, Ottawa and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, among many others. Recently the publishing company Music Sales Group released Celino’s guitar method “The Art of Spanish Guitar” in which he elucidates the distinctive musical and technical approach of his illustrious family to the classical guitar.

Celino Romero last performed for La Jolla Music Society with The Romeros December, 2, 2012.

January 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall
5775 Morehouse Dr
San Diego,CA 92121