Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez

May 23

8:00 PM

Ginastera, Rodrigo, Chabrier, Piazzolla

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Experience a lively evening of South American and Spanish music led by charismatic conductor Giancarlo Guerrero in his Orchestra Hall debut. Hear popular works by Ginastera, Chabrier, Piazzolla and the most-beloved of all guitar concertos, Rodrigo’s moving Concierto de Aranjuez, performed by virtuoso Pablo Sáinz Villegas, known as “the soul of the Spanish guitar.”


Ginastera Four Dances from Estancia
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Chabrier España
Piazzolla Sinfonía Buenos Aires

Francisco Tárrega Gran Jota [ENCORE 5/23 & 5/25]
Francisco Tárrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra [ENCORE 5/26]


Giancarlo Guerrero conductor
Pablo Sáinz Villegas guitar

with Daniel Binelli bandoneón in Piazzolla Sinfonía Buenos Aires


Preconcert conversation with Laura Prichard
30 minute run-time

Thursday, May 23, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Friday, May 24, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, May 25, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Sunday, May 26, 1:45-2:15 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

For his CSO debut, Spain's Pablo Sáinz Villegas will perform by far the best-known work for guitar and orchestra, Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, composed in 1939. It was inspired by the gardens of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, a town about 30 miles south of Madrid. “It is a wonderful piece, and I love it,” he said. “Every time I play it, it is an inspiration with a new symphony and a new maestro. It is a big part of who I am as a guitarist.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Though conductor Giancarlo Guerrero is making his debut at Symphony Center this month, he's no stranger to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the city itself. Now in his 10th season as music director of the Nashville Symphony, Guerrero recalls that the CSO played a crucial role in his artistic development. “The CSO has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” he said. As a youth in Costa Rica, he would listen to CSO broadcasts over WFMT. "I knew who all the players were, the same way most kids know the players from their baseball cards.' Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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Performances of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are made possible in part by legacy bequests from our donors.

This weekend’s CSO performances are dedicated to the memory of Marian Edelstein, in grateful recognition of her many years of support and her legacy bequest.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.