2 members of one of the best guitar-playing families share music with Metro Detroit students

Chamber Music Society of Detroit honors guitar

DETROIT (WXYZ) - With each strum of the strings, two men are telling a story to an auditorium of young wide-eyed students.

Each guitar is talking to the other.

"It's like a conversation," said guitar player Celino Romero.

"We have been playing since we were about 3-years-old," said Lito Romero.

The men are cousins and both members of the legendary guitar-playing family "The Romeros Quartet."

The pair is on a two-week tour of schools in Metro Detroit.  They're also playing for groups such as Focus: Hope in Detroit, the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Latino Family Services, and Children's Hopsital of Michigan.

It's all part of the 16th year of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit's two-week Ensemble Residency Program. 

This year the program happens to fall during Hispanic Heritage Month, so an emphasis on Hispanic artists worked well. 

This is also the first year the program has showcased the guitar.

"We're hoping that if we can expose [students] to just a little bit of our passion and our love, that some of that may rub off in a good way," said Lito Romero.

Celino wants to not only inspire young people but also break stereotypes.

"A lot of people think of classical music as the kind of concerts you go to with your parents and fall asleep.  But it's not really true," explained Celino Romero.

"I think they're awesome!" smiled Phoenix Multicultural Academy 6th grader Remonia Redmon.

She is one of dozens of students from her school treated to a 45 minute concert and Q&A with the Romeros -- who are considered members of the "Royal Family of the Guitar."

"They even played in the White House!" said 6th grader Esmeralda Romero.

The two-week program culminates with two student concerts for program participants on Friday, September 24th at Seligman Performing Arts Center, Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the George S. and Helen G. Deffenbaugh Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts provided major grants which helped fund the Chamber Music Society of Detroit 2010-2011 Education Program.