Spanish Guitarist Pablo Villegas Celebrates Label Debut
Spanish guitarist Pablo Villegas will kick off the new season with the international release of Americano on September 11th (harmonia mundi). The charismatic rising Spanish star will celebrate his label debut in concert performing selections from the new album at Joe’s Pub in New York City on Tuesday, September 29.
More than any other instrument, the guitar defines the common musical heartbeat of the Americas: from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. On this musical journey, Pablo Villegas combines the emotions of sensual Brazilian music, the nostalgic tango, vivid Venezuelan rhythms, and the exciting and colorful American bluegrass. Highlights include music from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, preludes by Brazilian master Heitor Villa-Lobos, the popular standard Granada by Mexico’s Agustín Lara, original bluegrass arrangements, Roland Dyens’s beloved Tango en Skaï, and the world premiere recording of Rounds, by five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams.
It was Villegas who first premiered Rounds in live performance; Williams comments:
“I feel privileged in having Pablo Villegas do the world premiere recording of Rounds. Also, it’s very exciting to see the appreciation of his exquisite artistry growing worldwide. It is a recognition that he so richly deserves!”
Pablo Villegas: 2015-16 In Concert - Includes 7 Orchestral Debuts!
Sep 12 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Sep 26 & 27 Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre
Sep 29 New York, NY - Joe’s Pub - Americano Release Launch
Oct 9 & 11 Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall
Nov 15 Honolulu, HI - Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall Debut
Jan 8 Grand Rapids, MI - DeVos Performance Hall Debut
Mar 10-12 Costa Mesa, CA - Segerstrom Concert Hall Debut
Mar 17 Chattanooga, TN - Tivoli Theatre
Apr 8 Cincinnati, OH - Music Hall Debut
Apr 15 La Jolla, CA - Sherwood Auditorium*
Apr 16 Orange County, CA - Irvine Barclay Theatre Debut*
Apr 30 Edmonton, AB - Enmax Hall Debut
May 14 & 15 Santa Barbara, CA - Granada Theatre Debut
*with Joyce Yang, piano; Augustin Hadelich, violin