A Celebration of the Spanish Guitar

Barbican Hall, 20 February 2008, 7.30pm

On Wednesday 20 February, guitarist Rolando Saad will be playing works by Joaquîn Rodrigo
and Moreno Torroba in A Celebration of the Spanish Guitar at the Barbican in central London.
Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez forms the centrepiece of a concert that celebrates the
versatility and beauty of the Spanish guitar sound. With the scene set by the Barber of
Seville overture and excerpts from Carmen, the warmth and colour of Spain are highlighted in
a programme that unites lyrical themes and lively dance rhythms to evoke the spirit of

Born in Córdoba, Argentina, guitar soloist Rolando Saad completed his studies in Spain and
has had a distinguished concert career, giving many acclaimed performances of the Rodrigo
concerto across Europe and South America. He plays here with the St Petersburg State
Symphony Orchestra, well-known for its series of Naxos CD recordings, and Fuat Mansurov,
resident conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

The full programme is:

  • Georges Bizet Carmen (excerpts)
  • Joaquín Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
  • Joaquín Rodrigo Fantasía para un gentilhombre (Fantasia for a Nobleman)
  • Giacomo Rossini Overture to The Barber of Seville
  • Moreno Torroba Sonatina

Seat prices range from £15.00 to £35.00; to book, contact the Barbican box office on
020-7638 8891 (booking fee)or by at www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=6415 (reduced booking fee online)

The concert is at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS. We hope to see you on
20 February.

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