Photo Memories : Pepe Romero, Spain


Cameo performance by the 2018 Beatty Music Competition Grand Prize Winner, Carlos Olivares – This picture is from the sound check.

Beatty Music Competition Grand Prize Winner, Carlos Olivares
2018 Beatty Competition Grand Prize Winner, Carlos Olivares

Classical guitarist Pepe Romero, Spain. This picture is from the sound check.

Classical Guitarist Pepe Romero, Spain
Classical Guitarist Pepe Romero, Spain
Pre-Concert Speaker, Jonathan Palevsky
Pre-Concert Speaker, Jonathan Palevsky

Photo Memories: Rhythm Future Quartet, USA

Memories from the concert!

Sound Check

Seth Kibel, Pre-Concert Talk

Fundraiser for MGI’s education and outreach programs with Carlos Barbosa-Lima

Celebrate with us!


Carlos Barbosa-Lima’s 50th Anniversary of his Washington DC debut.

In honor of this golden occasion, Carlos will perform a house-concert and fundraiser for MGI‘s education outreach programs. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the music of Brazil, in the hands of this exquisite musician up close. At the same time, you will be supporting guitar in the schools.

One Note Samba
Arranged and performed by Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

Sunday June 3, 2018

Event begins at 3pm
Brazilian hors d’oeuvres, wine and a silent auction.

$150 per person, of which $100 is tax deductible


Address: 3461 Macomb St NW
Washington DC 20016

Seating is limited to 60 guests.

Cameo Performance: Carlos Olivares, 2018 Beatty Competition Grand Prize Winner

— Announcing a cameo performance by Carlos Olivares, the 2018 Grand Prize Winner of the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition, at our April 21, 2018 concert. —



Carlos Olivares has been playing the classical guitar for almost five years. He is a junior in the Potomac Falls Artist Ensemble under the direction of Hart Wells. He is now in his third year as a member of the PFHS Guitar Quartet and has performed at the Appalachian GuitarFest and the Peabody Conservatory. Carlos is also a member of the Loudoun Youth Guitars, a select student ensemble directed by Dr. Miroslav Loncar, with whom he also studies privately. With the group, he has performed at the National Institutes of Health, the Croatian Embassy, and the Kennedy Center. Carlos has participated in master classes with Elliott Frank, Matt Palmer, and Julian Gray. He has also won prizes in both the Aguado Guitar Competition and the Beatty Competition. Carlos enjoys playing golf as well and is on the PFHS golf team.

– 2018 Beatty Music Scholarship Competition for Classical Guitar program

Pepe Romero, Classical Guitarist, Spain

For the sixth performance of the 2017-2018 Season, we invite you to the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD to hear classical guitarist, Pepe Romero (Spain) perform.

Performance: April 21, 2018, 8pm.

To call Pepe Romero a superb guitarist is to understate the case… Mr. Romero is an exceptional musician.
The New York Times

Celebrated worldwide for his dazzling virtuosity, compelling interpretations and flawless technique, concert guitarist Pepe Romero is constantly in demand for his recitals, performances with orchestra and with the world famous Los Romeros Quartet.

Born in 1944 in Malaga, Spain, Pepe Romero is the second son of “The Royal Family of the Guitar” – the Romeros. His father, the legendary Celedonio Romero, was his only teacher. Mr. Romero’s first professional performance occurred in a shared concert with his father in Sevilla’s Teatro Lope de Vega when Pepe was seven years old. After relocating to America, Celedonio Romero formed the Romeros Quartet with his three sons: Celine, Pepe and Angel. Their many performances solidified them as the leading guitar ensemble in the world.

Although best known for his classical guitar performances, Mr. Romero’s passion for the traditional flamenco music of Andalucia has never wavered. His first recording, ‘Flamenco Fenomeno’ for Contemporary Records, was made when he was only 15. Since then, Mr. Romero has made more than 50 recordings among which are over 20 concertos with the Academy of St. Martin-in–the-Fields conducted by Sir Neville Mariner and Iona Brown, as well as collaborations with numerous renowned artists and ensembles.

Pepe Romero holds an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. In June 1996, he received the “Premio Andalucia de Musica” the highest recognition given by his native land for his contributions to the arts. In February 2000, King Juan Carlos of Spain knighted Mr. Romero and his brothers into the Order of “Isabel la Catolica”. The following year “Los Romeros: Royal Family of the Guitar,” a biographical documentary was made by PBS Television.

Come by for a delightful program of classical guitar music on April 21, 2018, 8pm. Get tickets here:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Jonathan Palevsky

Jonathan Palevsky has been with WBJC since 1986 and has been the station’s Program Director since 1990. He is originally from Montreal and came to Baltimore in 1982 to study classical guitar at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. (more at link)

Pre-Concert Speaker: Jonathan Palevsky

— Jonathan Palevsky will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before the Pepe Romero performance, April 21st, 2018 at 8pm. Tickets:

Jonathan Palevsky has been with WBJC since 1986 and has been the station’s Program Director since 1990. He is originally from Montreal and came to Baltimore in 1982 to study classical guitar at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. On WBJC he is the host of the WBJC Opera preview, the music review program Face the Music, Music in Maryland, and is co-host of Word on Wine.

His current off air obsessions include skiing, playing guitar and being the host of Cinema Sundays at the Charles Theatre. In May, Jonathan and WBJC on-air personality and Operations Manager Kati Harrison celebrated their first wedding anniversary.

Pre-Concert Speaker: Seth Kibel

— Seth Kibel will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before the Rhythm Future Quartet performance, March 24, 2018 at 8pm.  Tickets:  —

Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more. Wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Alexandria Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.

Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, No Words — Instrumental Jazz & Klezmer by Seth Kibel, was released in 2015 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. One song from that album, “New Waltz,” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW).