• The Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents Pablo Sainz Villegas

    Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

    Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center

    Regularly priced tickets are $35-$45


    TAMPA, Fla. — The Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents Pablo Sainz Villegas on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Ferguson Hall, sponsored in part by Centro Tampa. Heralded as “the soul of the Spanish guitar,” Villegas shocked Spanish audiences with his grasp of the instrument when he took home the Andrés Segovia Award at a mere 15 years old. A people’s guitarist, Villegas dedicated the next two decades of his career to the social power of music, using his gifts to carry audiences to the inner life of the emotions through the beauty and mystery of Spanish guitar music. A Villegas concert is a different way to travel – through Spain, the Americas and the self – following the charismatic lead of this extraordinary, exuberant musician.

    Born in La Rioja in Northern Spain, Sáinz Villegas was inspired to take guitar lessons at age six and gave his first public performance at just seven years old. He went on to graduate at the top of his class at every school and university that he attended. Over the years, he accomplished an impressive collection of over 30 international awards, including the coveted Gold Medal at the Inaugural Parkening International Guitar Competition. After receiving his doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music, he continued to live in New York City, which he now calls home.

    Routinely drawing comparisons with such legendary exponents of his instrument, he has already appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious stages such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin and most recently at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Known for a sound so rich and full that it does not need amplification, his concerto performances regularly inspire new invitations and immediate reengagements as a featured soloist with orchestras in more than 30 countries, including Pittsburgh, Bergen and Israel Philharmonics, as well as Cincinnati, Spanish National and Denmark Symphonies. He made a series of important debuts under the baton of Frühbeck de Burgos, and has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with conductors including Juanjo Mena, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Carlos Kalmar, Micheal Francis, Gustavo Gimeno and Cristian Macelaru.

    Regularly priced tickets for the Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. performance by Pablo Sainz Villegas are $35-$45 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office or online at www.strazcenter.org. Handling fees will apply.

    For more information about the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and its upcoming events, please visit the Straz Center’s website at www.strazcenter.org.

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