Sáinz-Villegas to bring passion for music, the world to Temecula theater

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Spanish classical guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas will perform Saturday, March 7, at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Valley News/Lisa Mazzuco photo

One of the world’s great Spanish guitarists, Pablo Sáinz-Villegas, will bring his passion for music and his ability to connect people with it, to the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Saturday, March 7.

He debuted with the New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fisher Hall of the Lincoln Center and has since played in more than 40 countries and with orchestras such as the Philharmonic of Israel, the Orquesta de Radio Televisión Española, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Spain.

Plácido Domingo once described Sáinz-Villegas as “the master of the guitar.”

He said at the heart of his passion for music is, “a purpose for people to reflect on music and on themselves.”

He found a passion for classical guitar at a very early age.

“I was 6 years old, and my parents wanted me to have a musical education,” Sáinz-Villegas said. “The guitar was and is a popular instrument in Spain, and it became very fast the instrument that connected with the essence of who I am.”

Sáinz-Villegas founded the philanthropic project “The legacy of music without borders” in 2006, which has a mission of bringing “music to people as a means to humanize their environment and promote understanding between different cultures.”

He has to date shared his music with more than 32,000 children and youth in Spain, Mexico and the United States.

Asked why the project was important to him, Sáinz-Villegas said, “Because I believe we all can do something to make this world a better place.

“Music is the language of the emotions. It is a universal language, it unifies the human condition, it makes as human. What a better way to remind ourselves of our condition?” he said.

The Program Americano Band which he has prepared for the Temecula show consists of Prelude No. 1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos for guitar; “Passeio no rio” by Luiz Bonfa for guitar, bass and percussion; “Tango en Skäi” by Roland Dyens for guitar, bass and percussion; “Alma Llanera” by Pedro Elías Gutiérrez for guitar, bass and percussion; “Round Midnight” by Baden Powell for guitar and bass; “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein for guitar, bass and percussion; “Un Sueño en la Floresta” by Agustín Barrios Mangoré for guitar; traditional banjo pieces for banjo, guitar and bass; “Seis por Derecho” by Antonio Lauro for guitar, bass and percussion with an encore of “Tico-Tico” by Zequinha de Abreu for guitar, bass and percussion.

“It is going to be a journey through the Americas – samba, bossa nova from Brazil, tango from Argentina, joropos from Venezuela even bluegrass from the States among other exciting pieces,” Sáinz-Villegas said. “It will be an exciting journey to the heartbeat of the Americas.”

Sáinz-Villegas will perform his “Americano Trio” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street, in Temecula.

Tickets range in price from $15 for students to $35 general admission and are available at the theater’s box office, by calling (866) 653-8696 or online at www.tickets.temeculatheater.org.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.