For Immediate Release

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Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Presents
Pablo Sáinz Villegas, guitar

January 23-24, 2019, 8pm — Longy’s Edward M. Pickman Hall

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Celebrity Series Press Room

(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas on Wednesday, January 23 and Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 8pm at Longy’s Edward M. Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA. The Debut Series is generously sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. 

Tickets are limited and start at $25. They are available online at www.celebrityseries.org or by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. This concert marks the Celebrity Series debut performance for Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

Pablo Sáinz Villegas has been acclaimed by the international press as the successor of Andrés Segovia and an ambassador of Spanish culture in the world, as well as officially being tourism ambassador for La Rioja. Since his debut with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos at the Avery Fisher Hall of the Lincoln Center, he has played in more than 40 countries and with orchestras such as the Philharmonic of Israel, the Orquesta de Radio Televisión Española, the LA Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Spain, making him a benchmark for the current symphonic guitar.

Plácido Domingo has described him as “the master of the guitar” and with him he has had the privilege of recording his new duo album, as well as participating in the tribute held in his honor at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid to an audience of over 85,000 and also in a concert on a floating stage on the Amazon River, televised for millions of people in the world.

His “… virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance” (The New York Times) makes him one of the most acclaimed soloists by prestigious directors, orchestras, and festivals. Highlights of his international tours with orchestras include Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the National Orchestra of Spain or the New Zealand Symphony. Last season, Sáinz Villegas made his debut at Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival to an audience of 11,000 people and at Praça do Comercio in Lisbon with the Gulbenkian Orchestra.

Villegas has appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the National Arts Center in Beijing. The success of his performances translates into repeated invitations from directors such as Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Carlos Kalmar, Juanjo Mena, and Alondra de la Parra.

Habitual performer in concerts of institutional and business representation, he has had the privilege of playing on different occasions before members of the Spanish Royal Family as well as other heads of state and international leaders. A tireless promoter of development of the repertoire for Spanish classical guitar, Villegas has made numerous world premieres among which, ‘Rounds’, the first composition for guitar by five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams, as well as for the composers Tomás Marco, David del Puerto, and Sergio Assad.

Villegas has accomplished an impressive collection of more than 30 international awards among which include Andrés Segovia, Francisco Tárrega, and Christopher Parkening. Likewise, it has been awarded the “Galardón a las Artes Riojana” and the “Ojo Crítico” Award from Radio Nacional de España, which was the first time that this distinction has been granted to a guitarist.

An artist socially committed to the current world, Villegas founded in 2006 the philanthropic project “The legacy of music without borders”, whose mission is to bring music to people as a mean to humanize their environment and promote understanding between different cultures. Thanks to this project he has shared his music with more than 32,000 children and youth in Spain, Mexico, and the United States.

PROGRAM
Heitor Villa-Lobos Five Preludes
Luiz Bonfá Passeio no Rio - Samba 
Pedro Elías Gutiérrez Alma Llanera - Joropo 
Roland Dyens Tango en Skäi
Joselito Fernández  Guajira Guantanamera
Agustín Barrios Mangoré Un Sueño en la Floresta
Leonard Bernstein Selections from West Side Story
Antonio Lauro Seis por Derecho – Joropo

About Celebrity Series of Boston  

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 80-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Marian Anderson, Emanuel Ax, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Béla Bartók, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kirsten Flagstad, Renée Fleming, Dizzy Gillespie, Glenn Gould, Martha Graham, Herbie Hancock, Vladimir Horowitz, Diana Krall, Fritz Kreisler, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Ignace Paderewski, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Mstislav Rostropovich, Artur Rubenstein, Andrés Segovia, Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini, and many more.

Now presenting orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, contemporary dance, jazz, spoken word, and more, Celebrity Series believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its Arts for All! community programs, Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience – on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods – everywhere.

Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2018-19 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfil our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Garbis and Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., Foley & Lardner LLP, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, The Peabody Foundation, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, and many others. 

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