Portland’5 and Portland Classic Guitar present Pablo Sainz Villegas. Praised as “the soul of the Spanish guitar”, Pablo Sáinz Villegas has become a worldwide sensation known as this generation’s great guitarist. With his “virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance” as described by The New York Times, his interpretations conjure the passion, playfulness, and drama of his homeland’s rich musical heritage. Pablo Sáinz Villegas is known for his passionate, emotive and open-hearted playing, whether he is performing at intimate recital halls, or playing with beloved tenor, Placido Domingo, to an audience of over 85,000 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, where Mr. Domingo hailed him as “the master of the guitar.” Routinely drawing comparisons with such legendary exponents of his instrument as Andrés Segovia, he has already appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious stages as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and most recently at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Known for a sound so rich and full that it does not need amplification, his concerto performances regularly inspire new invitations and immediate reengagements as a featured soloist with orchestras in more than 30 countries, including Pittsburgh, Bergen and Israel Philharmonic, as well as Cincinnati, Spanish National and Denmark Symphonies. He made a series of important debuts under the baton of Frühbeck de Burgos, and has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with conductors including Juanjo Mena, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Carlos Kalmar, Micheal Francis, Gustavo Gimeno and Cristian Macelaru. For details and tickets, visit the Portland’5 website. The performance is at 7:30 pm Friday January 20 at the Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway Avenue, Portland.