Catch this amazing performance on Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 19 at 3 p.m. The show includes suites from Manuel de Falla’s ballet El Amor Brujo and Georges Bizet’s magnificent incidental music for Alphonse Daudet’s play L’arlésienne.
Santa Barbara Symphony’s music director Maestro Nir Kabaretti is now in his 12th season, and is thrilled to have Villegas on board.
“The guitar is such a beloved instrument, and yet we don’t often hear it in conjunction with an orchestra. These performances are especially noteworthy in that they feature one of the world’s leading guitar players,” says Kabaretti.
“Spanish music is always very attractive, with its rhythms and sounds, and the guitar looms large in that musical tradition. In addition to the well-known Aranjuez concerto, which combines beauty and virtuosity, we’re presenting the world premiere Patrick Russ’ arrangement of Albéniz’s Souvenirs of Spain.“
The performances mark the outset of Villegas’ tenure as the Santa Barbara Symphony’s inaugural artist-in-residence. Other appearances include a series of educational programs for children at the Granada Theatre on January 18 and 19.
Villegas dazzles audiences all over the world with his charismatic stage presence and formidable technique. He won the gold medal at the inaugural Christopher Parkening International Guitar Competition in 2006, earning him global recognition.
He is also the founder of the Music Without Borders Legacy, a nonprofit organization devoted to leveraging the inspirational power of music for the benefit of youth.
Villegas is also performing an intimate solo recital at the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara (123 E. Canon Perdido St.) on November 16. Tickets include a pre-concert reception at 6 p.m., and the Spanish guitar performance follows at 7:30 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the Santa Barbara Symphony. For tickets and information, call 805/898-0107.