Spanish Guitarist Pablo Villegas Celebrates Harmonia Mundi Label Debut with New Solo Album, Americano, at Joe’s Pub in NYC (Sep 29)
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!”
In the coming season, Villegas makes no fewer than seven orchestral debuts. For his first appearances with the Pacific, Grand Rapids, Hawaii, and Cincinnati Symphonies, he plays Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un gentilhombre, which is also the vehicle for his returns to the Pittsburgh and Oregon Symphonies, following triumphant debuts with both last season. It is with Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez – a signature work – that the guitarist makes his debut with Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic and returns to Alabama’s Mobile Symphony, where he pairs Rodrigo’s masterpiece with Concierto Popular do Rio, which was written for him by Grammy Award-winner Sérgio Assad; the Classical Guitar Review pronounced his world premiere performance of the new concerto at the Guitar Foundation of America Convention one of the “Top 10 Guitawesomest Events of 2015.” For debuts with the Edmonton and Santa Barbara Symphonies, Villegas plays Elmer Bernstein’s Guitar Concerto, and to round out the season he reunites with violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Joyce Yang to reprise their critically lauded “Tango, Song, and Dance” program in a pair of recitals in California.