BCCO Presents: Vicente Gomez Concierto Flamenco

BCCO Presents: Vicente Gomez Concierto Flamenco


Saturday, November 18, 2023 – 2pm

The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra premieres Concierto Flamenco, composed by legendary guitarist Vicente Gomez.  World class artist Virginia Luque performs the concerto, written by Maestro Gomez in 1953, but never fully orchestrated. The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, led by Music Director Dorothy Savitch, premieres the concerto with an original orchestration by Patrick Russ, following Maestro Gomez’s notes.

The November 18 concert at the Brooklyn Museum opens with Bernstein’s brilliant and witty Candide Overture. Three superb Conservatory students, Mira Mandayam, Lou Couaillier, and Peter Corwin, winners of BKCM’s Suzuki Concerto Competition, will perform with the orchestra as well. The first half ends with Smetana’s rapturous orchestral tone poem, The Moldau.  The second half of the concert features the Vicente Gomez Concierto Flamenco.



More about our concert:

Vicente Gomez was one of the great classical and flamenco guitarists of the 20th century. We are delighted to share with you the Brooklyn Conservatory and Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra’s (BCCO’s) plans for a historic collaboration between this legendary guitarist and composer – with one of the 21st century’s greatest classical guitarists, Virginia Luque, to present the World Premiere of the newly orchestrated Concierto Flamenco at the Brooklyn Museum on November 18, 2023.

Gomez’s Concierto Flamenco was never fully orchestrated and was only recorded by Maestro Gomez on a 1960 Decca recording for guitar with piano accompaniment. Bringing this unpublished masterpiece to life comes from the inspiration of two of Gomez’s most prominent students:  Dorothy Savitch (now conductor of two New York orchestras, the BCCO and the Sound Symphony Orchestra,) and Patrick Russ, orchestrator for some of Hollywood’s most famous composers, including Elmer Bernstein and Maurice Jarre.

Vicente Gomez was born in Madrid, Spain in 1911.  By the time he was 10, Gomez was performing in his father’s tavern and at 13 gave his first recital in Madrid. Gomez pursued formal studies at the Conservatory in Madrid.   From there, the world awaited, and leaving Spain in 1929 he toured Europe, North Africa and made his American debut at Town Hall in 1938. Gomez became the go-to guitarist for Hollywood and appeared in five movies, including Blood and Sand with Tyrone Power and Rita Hayworth and The Snows of Kilimanjaro with Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner. Gomez also provided the music for numerous other movies and was featured in four Broadway shows.

During the 1940’s Gomez owned one of NYC’s swankiest nightclubs, featuring authentic Spanish cuisine and where he performed nightly.  In 1953 Gomez moved to California and opened the School of Spanish Musical Arts in Los Angeles.  Course offerings included classical guitar, flamenco dancing, castanet playing, and … bullfighting!   In Southern California, Gomez became an influential teacher, composing, recording, and continuing his work in Hollywood.

At our world premiere concert in November, we are thrilled to bring to life Vicente Gomez’s vision for his Concierto Flamenco.