Georges Bizet :: Carmen Suite
Joaquin Rodrigo :: Concierto de Aranjuez (Pablo Villegas, guitar)
Manuel de Falla :: The Three-Cornered Hat

Message from the Maestro

The BSO pays tribute to the music of Spain with BSO – a sizzling program filled with color, rhythm and unforgettable melodies. Orchestral highlights from the most popular opera ever written – Georges Bizet’s Carmen – open the concert. Internationally-renowned guitar virtuoso Pablo Villegas makes his BSO debut with a performance of Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez – a work whose gorgeous slow movement has been covered by countless artists including Miles Davis, Chick Corea and Deep Purple. Our celebration of Spain concludes with the BSO premiere of Manuel de Falla’s virtuosic ballet score The Three-Cornered Hat.

Will there be Concert Conversations with Chris Confessore for this concert?  Yes

About the Artist

Pablo VillegasPablo Sáinz Villegas

The soul of the Spanish guitar runs in Pablo Sáinz Villegas’s blood. Born and raised in La Rioja, Spain – the country with unique and deep ties to his chosen instrument – Villegas is distinguished by performances as charismatic as they are intimate. With his singing tone and consummate technique, his interpretations conjure the passion, playfulness, and drama of his homeland’s rich musical heritage, routinely drawing comparisons with such legendary exponents of his instrument as Andrés Segovia. Indeed, at just 15 he won the Andrés Segovia Award, launching a succession of international wins that include Gold Medal at the inaugural Christopher Parkening International Guitar Competition. The first guitarist to win El Ojo Crítico, 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 since performed for both the Dalai Lama and the Spanish royal family, and it was he who gave the world premiere of Rounds, the first composition for guitar by five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams. A born communicator, the guitarist explains: “Music is a social tool, and opening people’s hearts, and helping them connect to the inner life of the emotions, is my mission.”

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Ticket Information:

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Individual Tickets = $25-35

BSO Kids Concert Club Members = $5-$6

Dates, times, program and featured artists are subject to change.

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