Pablo Villegas

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

July 9
Pre-show mixer at 6:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m.

Whether you’re an avid classical music fan—or you’ve been wanting to expand your musical horizons—Chamber Music Pittsburgh‘s
Just Summer! Concert Series is for you.

Featuring a mixed genre repertoire at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, the festive summer series blends live music, local fare and the chance to mix and mingle with performing artists and fellow classical music fans. Next up for the third annual Just Summer! lineup on Thursday, July 9 is a not-to-miss evening with Spanish guitar virtuoso, Pablo Villegas.

Hailed by critics as one of the world’s leading classical guitarists, Villegas is celebrated for his performances—which are as charismatic as they are intimate—along with his rich singing tone and gifted techniques. Blending the passion and playfulness of his homeland’s rich musical heritage, Villegas’ dramatic and soulful musical interpretations are often compared to legendary guitar master Andrés Segovia (1893 – 1987).

One of today’s most sought-after soloists for orchestras, conductors and festivals, Villegas has won numerous international awards—including the Andrés Segovia Award—and he has performed in more than 30 countries worldwide since debuting with the New York Philharmonic. Villegas is the first guitarist to win Spain’s top classical music honor—the El Ojo Critico. Born in 1977 in La Rioja, Spain and currently based in New York City, Villegas is also founder of the Music Without Borders Legacy program, which has served some 15,000 children by connecting communities across cultural, social and political borders.

The 90 minute concert will be followed by a CD signing with the artist. Tickets ($25) include tasty food and drink from The Livermore. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-show mixer. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the show to enjoy a reception with Villegas, Chamber staff and attendees. Purchase tickets.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.