Cristina’s Spring Tour


After the successful tour with the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma (you can read the Chicago Tribune review here, and Boston Classical Review here), Cristina sets sail again for her USA Spring Tour that will take her and her band to Washington DC, Frostburg, Sonoma, Santa Barbara and San Antonio.

Cristina will also team up with the Chicago Sinfonietta to present the show Primal Instincts with concerts in Napeville and Chicago. The program includes Emilio Solla’s A Galician Voyage: Concerto for Bagpipes, Piano & Orchestra, commissioned by Cristina for her Gaita and Orchestra Commissioning Project.

In April, Cristina will head for Havana, Cuba to take part in the festival “La Huella de España”.

Cristina Now Touring the US with the Silk Road Ensemble

The tour, which started with the series of concerts with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the third week of February, will include the following stages:

February 24 – PRINCETON, NJ
February 25 – PITTSBURGH
February 27 – CHAPEL HILL, NC
March 3 – WORCESTER, MA 
March 4 – BOSTON, MA
March 6 – CHICAGO, IL 
March 7 – GOSHEN, IN 

Check out this video of the premiere with the New York Philharmonic, recorded for the TVG (Galician Television) News:

The Gaita to sound with the New York Philharmonic for the first time


After a week promoting her latest album Rústica in her native Galicia, Cristina returns to New York to take part in an historic milestone for the Galician bagpipes: for the first time ever, the gaita will sound next to the New York Philharmonic, in a series of performances with the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma.

The program includes Cristina and Wu Tong’s Fanfare for Gaita, Suona, and Brass, as well as Osvaldo Golijov’s Rose of the Winds, originally commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra which premiered it with the Silk Road Ensemble in 2007. In Golijov’s own words:

Rose of the Winds is born from spontaneous and ritualized communal actions. Prayer, celebration, mourning, riot, and remembrance are the lifeblood of the piece.(…) The movement features Cristina Pato’s Galician bagpipes and the percussion of both ensembles, in rhythmic patterns that remind me of the street demonstrations, with drums, pots and pans, of my Argentine childhood.

Check out the events section of this web for the schedule of performances, but know that the tickets are already sold out!