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Guitar Recital Pablo Villegas

Pablo Sainz-Villegas

May 4, 4:00 p.m.Samueli Theater

Pablo Sainz-Villegas, guitar

ALBÉNIZ: "Sevilla" from Suite Española Op. 47
GRANADOS: Spanish Dance No. X, “Melancólica” Op. 37
GRANADOS: Spanish Dance No. V, “Andaluza” Op. 37
BARRIOS: "Tango Zapateado"
ANONYMOUS: Spanish Romance
ALBÉNIZ: "Asturias" from Suite Española Op. 47
TÁRREGA:  "Recuerdos de la Alhambra"
TÁRREGA: "Gran Jota de Concierto"

Guitar virtuoso Pablo Sainz-Villegas presents a one-hour recital of music by Albéniz, Granados, Barrios and Tárrega in the intimate Samueli Theater. Praised as “the soul of the Spanish guitar,” Pablo Sáinz-Villegas has become a worldwide sensation known as this generation’s great guitarist. 


May 4 • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Marty Schwartz will be hosting and curating a 2-hour celebration of guitar in popular music on the outdoor stage of the Julianne and George Argyos Plaza, along with special guests.  Admission is free! 

Marty Schwartz is an acclaimed Guitar Teacher on YouTube with over one million subscribers that garners over eight million views a month. Marty is proud to be partnering with Pacific Symphony to present a celebration of The Electric Guitar. Marty and his band will be playing in a host of styles, including rock, blues, jazz, and country. The show will also feature four of Marty’s talented young students, along with special guest, American Idol finalist, Elliott Yamin. There may also be a few surprises in store for the show’s finale! Join us for an evening you won't soon forget.

Pablo Sáinz-Villegas

Guest Artist

Pablo Sáinz-Villegas

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.

Sáinz-Villegas has appeared on some of the world’s most prominent stages including the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Musikverein in Vienna and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He has played in more than 40 countries and with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the National Orchestra of Spain. In 2019 Sáinz-Villega will make his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing the beloved Concierto de Aranjuez and as a solo recitalist he will perform for the first time at the Harris Theater in Chicago and at Boston’s Celebrity Series. He will also continue touring with his trio band along with a special presentation at the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.

Billboard Magazine named him “the global ambassador of Spanish guitar” and as passionate promoter of the development of new repertoire, he has made numerous world premieres including the first composition for guitar by five-time Academy Award winner John Williams.

Sáinz-Villegas thrives over a continuous search of innovative ways to inspire communities since he considers that “music is an ideal tool to humanize this world.” As a lifelong dreamer, educator and philanthropist he has reached more than 35,000 children and youth through his non-profit “The Music Without Borders Legacy” and through his various Artist-In-Residence collaborations with orchestras and festivals.