Internationally recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time, Manuel Barrueco is a superior and elegant instrumentalist who possesses a seductive sound and uncommon melodic gifts. Barrueco will make his return to Chapman University with a Musco Center for the Arts debut on Sunday, March 3 at 4 pm. In addition to his Musco Center engagement, he will also participate in this year’s Orange County Classical Guitar Festival presented by The Orange County Guitar Circle and Chapman University.
A master of classical guitar, this Grammy-nominated artist began playing the guitar at the age of eight while attending the Esteban Salas Conservatory in his native Cuba, until he immigrated with his family to the United States in 1967 as political refugees. Barrueco completed his advanced studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Within eight years of moving to the United States, he performed at Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with conductor and tenor Plácido Domingo and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Barrueco last performed at Chapman’s Memorial Hall in 1994. For his return, Barrueco will play a program that takes listeners on a colorful journey through Spanish and Cuban history. Ties remain strong between Spain and Cuba and Cubans affectionately refer to Spain as the “madre patria” (motherland).
Tickets for March 3 are on sale now for $25-45 and may be purchased through the Musco Center online at www.muscocenter.org or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass. Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif.