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Jean Oelrich
Director of Communications
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Spanish "Master Of Guitar" Pablo Sáinz-Villegas Joins Pacific Symphony For Guitar Festival, May 2-4

Orange County, CA — April 16, 2019

"Master of guitar” Pablo Sáinz-Villegas joins Pacific Symphony for a special guitar festival, conducted by Carlos Izcaray for three nights, Thurs., May 2 through Sat., May 4. This unique festival includes music featuring a combination of both guitar and orchestra, with such favorites as Ravel’s “Rapsodie Espagnole,” Rodrigo’s "Concierto de Aranjuez" and Piazzolla’s "Libertango" for Guitar and Strings. Before the Thursday and Friday concerts, enjoy free pre-show music in the Argyros Plaza by local guitar students from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Before the Saturday show, popular YouTube guitar teacher Marty Schwartz of “Marty Music” will be hosting and curating a free 2-hour celebration of guitar in popular music, along with special guests, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This guitar festival includes a recital with Sáinz-Villegas at 4 p.m. on May 4 in the Samueli Theater’s intimate setting.

The evening’s concerts begin at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. for a preview talk hosted by Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Tickets for the evening’s concerts start at $25; Sáinz-Villegas’ Guitar Recital tickets are $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit the website, The Thursday night performance is generously sponsored by Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. The Friday night performance is generously sponsored by Symphony 100. The Saturday night performance is generously sponsored by the Board of Counselors.

Inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez, the Spanish spring resort palace, "Concierto de Aranjuez," this concert’s centerpiece, is a guitar concerto by the famed Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. The work attempts to transport the listener to another place and time through the evocation of the sounds of nature. According to Rodrigo, the first movement is "animated by a rhythmic spirit and vigour without either of the two themes ... interrupting its relentless pace"; the second movement "represents a dialogue between guitar and solo instruments"; and the last movement "recalls a courtly dance in which the combination of double and triple time maintains a taut tempo right to the closing bar." He described the concerto itself as capturing "the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds and the gushing of fountains" in the gardens of Aranjuez.

Praised as “the soul of the Spanish guitar,” Pablo Sáinz-Villegas has become a worldwide sensation known as this generation’s great guitarist. He has been acclaimed by the international press as the successor of Andrés Segovia and an ambassador of Spanish culture in the world. His “virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance” (The New York Times) make him one of the most acclaimed soloists by prestigious conductors, orchestras and festivals. Sáinz-Villegas is known for his passionate, emotive and open-hearted playing, whether he is performing at intimate recital halls, or playing to an audience of over 85,000 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid with beloved tenor Plácido Domingo, who has hailed him as "the master of the guitar.” Together they have performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles as well as on a floating stage on the Amazon River. They most recently released “Volver,” a duo album with Sony Classical.

Carlos Izcaray is music director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and of the American Youth Symphony. Praised by the international press, he won top prizes at the 2007 Aspen Music Festival and later at the 2008 Toscanini International Conducting Competition. Since then he has appeared with numerous ensembles across five continents and is now firmly established as one of the leading conductors of his generation. Throughout his career Izcaray has shown special interest and prowess in tackling some of the most complex scores in the symphonic repertoire, while also championing the historically informed approach to works from past eras.


Artists, programs, prices and dates are subject to change.

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