Pablo Villegas

Pablo Villegas
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Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story from 1957 is one of the most enduring musicals with its updating of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set in New York and the wonderful music that showed Bernstein at his most inspired.  

Those tunes have, not surprisingly, been arranged many times in many different settings.  On the next Fretworks, Spanish guitarist Pablo Villegas will play a medley from West Side Story from his CD "Americano" to begin the hour on this Memorial Day weekend.

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"If this isn't your greatest work, I don't know what is," wrote Andres Segovia to Manuel Ponce in 1940 about his Concierto del Sur (The Concerto of the South).  Segovia was the most famous guitarist in the world, and Ponce was famous primarily for his songs, such as Estrellita (little star) from 1912, which had become an international hit.

Pablo Villegas
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Classical guitarist Pablo Villegas has been called the "natural heir" to Andres Segovia, the great Spanish guitarist of the 20th century who became the best-known ambassador for the guitar as a serious concert instrument.