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Breathtakingly intimate

Thousands of years of Hispanic culture are represented in Frederico Vigil’s fresco inside the torreón at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The space is intimate and breathtaking.

Master guitarist Gustavo Pimentel will perform in the torreón at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, master guitarist Gustavo Pimentel will entertain inside the special venue.

“It will be me and a guitar,” Pimentel says. “The acoustics in the room are amazing. Going without a microphone is a little bit more challenging, but creates a great opportunity for hearing amazing music.”

Pimentel is no stranger to the NHCC, yet this is the first time a musical event like this is happening.

He’s ready for the opportunity.

“I used to play venues like the torreón when I was studying in Mexico,” he says. “They are smaller venues where you don’t have to use amplification. I’m going to have to work harder for this event. There’s no room for mistakes.”

Pimentel has been exposed to the finest exemplars of guitar music since childhood, beginning his studies in 1974 in the studios of Pimentel & Sons Guitarmakers.

He graduated in 1995 from Mexico City’s prestigious Estudio de Arte Guitarrístico.

Internationally recognized as a classical guitarist, he has performed in Spain and Germany, as well as Mexico City.

He has a following throughout Albuquerque and surrounding areas of aficionados of all genres of guitar music, with an emphasis on classical guitar.

“I’m actually going to play my brother’s guitars,” Pimentel says. “Usually, I play my father’s guitars. The guitar is powerful and loud. It’s a lot different.”

On tap for the concert will include pieces by Francisco Tárrega, a Spanish composer and guitarist of the Romantic period. He also will play music by Antonio Lauro, a Venezuelan musician considered to be one of the foremost South American composers for guitar in the 20th century.

“It’s going to be a special evening with amazing music,” Pimentel says.

Admission includes two drink tickets and light refreshments.

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