Saturday, February 4, 2017
California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Tickets: $35-55 / 7:30 pm
“virtuosic playing…characterized by its vividly shaded colors and irresistible exuberance…” –New York Times
“The audience was spellbound, and when the final chord was played it erupted into enthusiastic applause.” –Las Vegas Journal
Escondido, CA — Tuesday, January 3, 2017 — California Center for the Arts, Escondido is proud to present guitar aficionado Pablo Villegas on Saturday, February 4, 2017 in the Center Theater at 7:30 pm. A native of La Rioja, Spain, Villegas is one of today’s most distinguished guitarists with an electrifying stage presence and stunning technical abilities that embody the playfulness and drama of his homeland’s rich musical heritage. He often draws comparisons with such legendary exponents of his instrument as Andres Segovia. Interviews and hi-res images are available upon request.
With the soul of the Spanish guitar running in Villegas’ blood, at just 15 years old he won the Andres Segovia Award, launching a succession of international wins that include the Gold Medal at the inaugural Christopher Parkening International Guitar Competition. As the first guitarist to win El Ojo Critico, Spain’s top classical music honor, Villegas also became the youngest of his generation to appear with the New York Philharmonic, in an auspicious debut under the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos at Avery Fisher Hall. He has also performed for the Dalai Lama and the Spanish royal family.
Villegas presented the world premier of Rounds, the first composition for guitar by five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams. Known for a sound so rich and full that it does not need amplification, Villegas’ concerto collaborations regularly inspire immediate reengagements. Since his international breakthrough, he has appeared in orchestras in more than 30 countries and cities, including with New York, Los Angeles, Israel Philharmonics, and the Boston, San Francisco, Houston and Toronto Symphonies.
In 2007, Villegas founded the Music Without Borders Legacy (MWBL), a non-profit organization that seeks to bridge cultural, social, and political boundaries through classical music. Since it’s inception, the foundation has reached more than 15,000 at-risk children and youth, through music programs in the United States, Mexico and Spain, and is now supported by La Caixa Bank.
Experience an evening of unforgettable classic music stemming from the Spanish guitar with Pablo Villegas on February 4, 2017!
About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido
A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.
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