Never afraid of overexposure, pianist Gustavo Romero has booked two solo recitals next month at downtown San Diego churches. His Jan. 8 recital at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral was announced last week, much to the consternation of the concert committee of the First Presbyterian Church.
Along with violinist Frank Almond Jr., the rising young pianist from Chula Vista performed to an SRO audience at First Presbyterian in January, 1987. Shortly after that joint recital, First Presbyterian booked his return solo engagement on Jan. 17, 1988.
"Obviously, this is going to hold down our audience," said George Hardy, chairman of the Presbyterian concert committee. "But it could also hurt St. Paul's, since our program is a free-will offering and theirs requests a $10 donation." The St. Paul recital is a benefit program for the cathedral's organ completion fund.
Speaking for the cathedral, Margaret Gooding noted that Romero would play a different program at each church. "He has a tremendous following," added Gooding. "And it's not that often that people get to hear a recital of his caliber."