Summer Festival

Athenaeum Library concerts summer fest series

The Athenaeum's 18th Annual Summer Festival

2016 with Gustavo Romero Celebrating Robert Schumann


Sundays, July 2016

July 10, 17, 24, 31

All Concerts begin at 4:00 p.m.  


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library's Summer Festival with pianist Gustavo Romero has become a cherished tradition in San Diego. The 18th Annual Athenaeum Summer Festival, a four-part series of concerts, will feature the works of Robert Schumann. 


For 17 years, the Athenaeum has presented unforgettable festivals featuring virtuoso pianist and San Diego native Gustavo Romero performing the complete piano repertoire of a specific composer. Whether you have been with us all 17 years or have yet to experience the wonder of this artist—who plays from memory—you will not want to miss our upcoming 18th Summer Festival.


Recently, Mr. Romero has peppered the solo repertoire with sympathetic but more modern composers. This year, to the glorious music of Robert Schumann, he will add works by Henri Dutilleux, Alberto Ginastera, and Mario Lavista. Of his program, 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.”


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 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.


Dinners are offered after each concert in private homes or at the Athenaeum. The dinners, offered immediately following each concert in private homes or at the Athenaeum, are an opportunity for concertgoers to socialize, meet Mr. Romero, and share a delicious meal. All concerts begin at 4 PM at The Scripps Research Institute. Priority seating will be given to Donor level members and above, and to dinner guests. 


The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute

10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive

San Diego, CA 92121





Keyboard view: $172 members/$192 nonmembers

Non-keyboard view: $132 members/$152 nonmembers



All dinner tickets inculde keyboard seats.



Keyboard view: $ 45 members/$50 nonmembers

Non-keyboard view: $35 members,/$40 nonmembers

Concert with keyboard view and a dinner: $165


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