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Summer concert festivals in Europe and China

Guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas, begins a series of appearances at this summer’s festivals in Europe with an open-air concert in the city of Zagreb with the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra. He will play Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with conductor Róbert Farkas.

Following the performance in Zagreb, Sáinz-Villegas will tour with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta to the Rheingau Music Festival, the European Weeks in Passau, and to a performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

See below for links to more information about each concert.

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15,000 people celebrate Plácido Domingo in Mexico

The stadium ‘3 de Marzo’ in Guadalajara Mexico, hosted a heartfelt tribute to Plácido Domingo together with 15,000 people, who enjoyed a varied and extraordinary roster of artists including guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas. The list included Alejandro Fernández, Juanes, Emmanuel, Mijares, dancers Isaac Hernández and Tamara Rojo, Andrés Calamaro, Ana Torroja, Christian Castro, tenor Javier Camarena, soprano Virginia Tola and the group DVicio.

Pablo and Plácido Domingo performed together “La Morena de mi Copla”, a song from their new album ‘Volver’ with Sony Classical. Pablo additionally played “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” by Francisco Tárrega and “Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla accompanied by the Filarmónica de Jalisco conducted by Eugene Kohn.

Artists donated their talent and proceeds from the concert go to Fundación Real Madrid in Mexico.

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San Francisco Recital Review: Tribute to Segovia

Segovia Tribute Is a Chance to Hear the Repertory He Popularized

“A natural storyteller” 

“Villegas’s subtlety, passion, technical command, and dramatic flair made this the high point of the evening.”

“The program ended with a standing ovation”

Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas brought his Tribute to Segovia to San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre on Saturday, commemorating the 125th birthday of Andrés Segovia, the artist responsible for the 20th-century revival of the guitar as a concert instrument.

Segovia had conservative tastes in music. He favored Romantic repertoire but loathed both folk music and modernism. He had complicated relationships with composers who were his contemporaries, going so far as to admonish Heitor Villa-Lobos when the two met in Paris in 1924. Segovia told the story differently, but nevertheless, an unlikely friendship was born, and Villa-Lobos subsequently dedicated his Cinq Préludes to Segovia.

Villegas opened the evening with a performance of this masterwork that was both introspective and passionate. Prelude No. 1 was alternately melancholy and exuberant, Prelude No. 2 humorous, Prelude No. 3 expressive in the manner of a Bach sarabande, Prelude No. 4 an homage to the indigenous people of Brazil’s jungle wilderness, and Prelude No. 5 a joyous, urbane portrait of the musical night life of Rio de Janeiro.

Segovia also had a strained relationship with Agustín Barrios, the Paraguayan guitarist and composer whose work remained relatively unknown until the 1970s: he is now commonly regarded as the greatest guitarist/composer of the 20th century. Villegas performed Barrios’s Un Sueño en la Floresta, a program work depicting the mythical origin of the guitar as a gift from the gods, which Barrios said allowed him to reveal the “marvelous symphony of all the virgin voices of our America.” Villegas performed the rich chordal harmonies, tremolo, harmonics, glissandi, and passionate melody in various registers with the sensitivity of a natural storyteller. (more…)

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Live Online Streaming of performance celebrating Real Madrid Foundation 20th Anniversary

Realmadrid TV will streamline live online this special event on February 15 at 8:00 p.m. This concert will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Real Madrid Foundation. From the Teatro Real in Madrid, which commemorates its bicentennial, Plácido Domingo, Sara Baras, Niña Pastori, Ara Malikian, Los Secretos, Bertin Osborne, the Santa Cecilia Classical Orchestra and Pablo Sáinz Villegas, under the artistic direction of Carlos Narea, will participate in a magical night, with the collaboration of GAES, a great musical ally of the Foundation.

The coverage of this event will begin with the entrance of special guests to Teatro Real and will be broadcast without any commercials. The concert can be viewed in Spain through Realmadrid TV, Realmadrid.com and Realmadrid App, and around the world through the web and the official application.

Thursday February 15 from the Teatro Real at 8:00 pm (local time Madrid)

https://www.realmadrid.com/en/real-madrid-tv

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Pablo will participate in the 20th anniversary of “Fundación Real Madrid”

Pablo Sáinz Villegas will participate in “Real, El Concierto”, a benefit event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Real Madrid Foundation. He will share the stage at the Teatro Real with Placido Domingo, Sara Baras, Niña Pastori, Ara Malikian, Los Secretos and the Santa Cecilia Classical Orchestra.

The proceeds of this concert will go to the program of activities of the Real Madrid Foundation in juvenile centers. The solidarity tickets can be purchased on the website of the Theater as well as at the physical box office of the same.

Thanks to Real Madrid Foundation, Teatro Real, GAES Centros Auditivos and my team at Zertior.

 

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Dialogue between Architecture and Music

The architect Pachi Mangado and Pablo Sainz Villegas were the main guests in the 2017 event “Dialogue between Architecture and Music” sponsored by Schüco Iberia, an international firm specialized in system solutions for windows, doors, and façades. Guests gathered at the “El Real Alcázar de Sevilla” in the “Recinto Modernista Sant Pau” this event was created by ZERTIOR for Schüco, as a way of connecting with one of the main subscribers, the architects, far away from the conventional mode. An approach based on the emotion that, two of the greatest arts, architecture, and music, both share and ignite. These arts are interpreted by an impacting creativity. After an interesting talk with Pachi and guests, Pablo closed the evening with a private concert, inviting the guest to travel to various corners of Spain and Latin America through the notes of his guitar.

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Opening season concert with Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo

Pablo will be the guest soloist for the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under the baton of Miguel Harth Bedoya at the opening of the Classical Music Season on August 31st at 7:30 pm at Sentralen Oslo. “The Norwegian Radio Orchestra is an organization that I sincerely admire for its vast history of more than half a century, for its special connection with the Norwegian people and for its philosophy of feeling music as a universal language that unites cultures, something which I feel deeply identified with” said  Villegas before his departure to the Scandinavian country.

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Debut and Tour in New Zealand

After an exciting debut in China at the National Center for the Arts and two sold-out concerts in Mexico City, Pablo travels to a new continent for his debut with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Alexander Shelley.

The five stops on the tour are the cities of Wellington, Auckland, Kerikeri, Tauranga y Napier between July 22 and 29 where he will perform Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez”. New Zealand is part of Pablo’s current international tour through nine countries and over 30 cities.

“I had always dreamed of playing in New Zealand which is such a unique country with a fascinating culture and beautiful landscapes. It makes me very happy to be able to share with the audience my roots through Spanish music” – said Pablo as he landed in the windy city of Wellington.

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Special concert celebrating Mexico and Spain

On Tuesday April, Pablo Sáinz Villegas will offer a private concert on the grand stage of the Cathedral of Mexico City. This significant event, in the largest cathedral in the Americas, celebrates 40 years of reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Spain.

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Debut and tour in Europe

Following a successful performance at the iconic 92Y in New York City, this May Pablo will embark on an exciting tour with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta through various cities in Europe, playing in renowned venues such as the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and Teatro Morlacci in Perugia. These performances will mark his debut with this unique ensemble which was founded since 1988 and is currently led by concertmaster and artistic director Candida Thompson.

The repertoire of the performances will be varied and will range from baroque music to contemporary music, including works by composers Joaquín Rodrigo (1954), Francisco Tárrega, Luigi Boccherini (1798), Astor Piazzolla (1973), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1919) and Folk Spanish music.  (more…)

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Pablo embarks on a tour through Florida

In celebration of his latest Americano album, Pablo Sáinz Villegas tours through the sunny state of Florida taking his fans and audiences one step further in a unique musical journey through the Americas. For the very first time Pablo featured his favorite pieces from the American continent accompanied on stage by the highly talented musicians Pedro Giraudo on bass and Nacho Arimany on percussion.

The successful tour with sold-out performances travelled through the cities of Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Miami.

 

Pablo Sáinz Villegas shares his inspirations for the Americano repertoire:

“Let us pause for a moment to wander through yesterday’s nightfall hearing the rich rhythms of American folkloric music, with the fragrances of post-impressionist Paris in the thirties, absorbing the atmosphere of blues and jazz, dancing to the bluegrass, celebrating John Williams and his influence on the history of cinema – all the different cultural roots that I hope to bring together through the world’s most popular instrument: the guitar.” 

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An Evening of Masterly Art, Food & Music at Sotheby’s New York

[extract from Sothebys.com post Nueva York]

NEW YORK – Widely admired as “the soul of the Spanish guitar,” Pablo Sáinz Villegas played to a rapt audience at a reception and dinner hosted by Sotheby’s George Wachter and Christopher Apostle at the New York galleries. In honour of the evening, held in partnership with Sentient Jet, Sáinz Villegas paired four compositions with four works he chose from the upcoming Master Paintings & Sculpture Evening sale. Among the pictures that Sáinz Villegas felt especially connected to were a still life by Velázquez and a Venetian view by Michele Marieschi. “Art is a journey of intimate emotions,” said the guitarist. At the end of the performance he received a well-deserved standing ovation.

For video and scenes from the memorable night, click ahead.

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The region of La Rioja comes together led by Pablo to celebrate human values

The talent and enthusiasm of hundreds of people in the region of La Rioja came together to celebrate the second exciting edition of “Serenata a tus valores” (Serenade to your values). This unique initiative consists of a surprise tribute to people representing “anonymous heroes” as defined by Pablo Sáinz Villegas, people who continually devout their time and hearts to the benefit the lives of others without expecting anything in return and hence exemplify fundamental values that transform our society. (more…)

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Pablo and Plácido Domingo together at Madrid’s stadium in historic concert

Pablo Sáinz Villegas was honored to be invited to perform on stage for 75,000 people at the historic tribute concert, “Plácido en el Alma”, for the great Plácido Domingo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on June 29, 2016. The event was in honor of the beloved artist’s 75th birthday. Proceeds from the concert were given to 38 sport schools of Real Madrid’s Foundation in Mexico.

“Pablo is a master of the guitar” – Plácido Domingo

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