Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) will present symphonic guitar master Pablo SÃ¡inz Villegas Oct. 15 at the Bruce Owen Theater, 7777 S. May Ave.
Since his debut with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall of the Lincoln Center, SÃ¡inz Villegas has played in more than 40 countries with orchestras such as the Philharmonic of Israel, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Spain, establishing him as the benchmark against which all other symphonic guitarists are compared.
SÃ¡inz Villegas has been acclaimed by the international press as successor to the iconic AndrÃ©s Segovia and an ambassador of Spanish culture in the world. SÃ¡inz Villegas’ virtuosic playing, characterized by irresistible exuberance – as The New York Times put it – makes him one of the most acclaimed soloists by prestigious directors, orchestras and festivals. SÃ¡inz Villegas has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and the National Arts Center in Beijing.
A tireless promoter of development of the repertoire for Spanish classical guitar, SÃ¡inz Villegas has garnered an impressive collection of more than 30 international awards. He also founded the philanthropic project Music Without Borders to promote cultural understanding.
The event is part of OCCC’s Cultural Arts Series, which celebrates diversity in the arts. Other planned performances in the series include the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in April and Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea in May.
To purchase tickets, go online to tickets.occc.edu or call the OCCC Box Office at (405) 682-7579. The Box Office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tickets for the performance are $15. Doors and concessions will open one hour before the 7:30 p.m. show time. The Bruce Owen Theater is located in the Arts, English and Humanities Building at 7777 S. May Ave., Oklahoma City.
The performance is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the state of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The agency’s mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry. The Oklahoma Arts Council provides more than 400 grants to nearly 225 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural industry and manages works of art in the Oklahoma Public Art Collection and the public spaces of the state Capitol. Additional information is available at arts.ok.gov.