Concierto de Aranjuez, Rodrigo
Rolando Saad, guitar with symphonic orchestra

The Great Spanish Guitar Night leads you into the heart of Iberia. In music inspired by tradition and suffused with lyrical melody, the lustrous tone and rhythmic energy of the guitar capture the sounds and sensuality of Spain in a way that no other instrument can.

At the heart of the programme is one of the world’s most popular concertos: Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, a creative fusion of folksong influences and imaginative orchestration. The concerto is the signature work of renowned guitarist Rolando Saad, who has played it more than 900 times, to audiences totalling over two million, in major concert halls across Europe and with prestigious orchestras, including London’s Royal Philharmonic. Rolando Saad’s virtuoso performance captures both the work’s lyrical themes and its lively dance rhythms, conjuring visions of the gardens of Aranjuez and the warmth of the Andalucian sun.

With Bizet’s Carmen suite and De Falla’s El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician) completing the programme, this is a concert that invokes the spirit and colour of Spain through some of its most beguiling music.

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Great Symphony Orchestra

Guitarist, Rolando Saad