On July 11 and 12, Cristina was in Santiago de Compostela recording Octavio Vázquez’s bagpipe concerto with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, conducted by Paul Daniel. The piece, “Widows of the Living and of the Dead”, is an homage to Galician women and was commissioned by Cristina Pato in 2014 as part of her groundbreaking Gaita and Orchestra Commissioning Project, partially supported by New Music USA. The recording will be part of the Real Filharmonía de Galicia next album, featuring pieces by contemporary Galician composers.
Next stop with this piece: US Premiere at Chautauqua Institution with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, on August 9th.
In other news, Cristina was featured in one of the last episodes of the NPR science podcast Hidden Brain. The podcast, hosted by Shankar Vedantam has won numerous awards, including a Webby and a Kavli Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In this episode, Cristina talks about the edge efect, and how it applies to intercultural exchange and creativity. Have a listen:
Cristina’s inaugural speech for the Festas do Corpus 2018 was received with great success from media and audience, making the front page of the three main Galician newspapers. Her speech talked about the demographic decline of Galicia and was intended to raised awareness about the situation of the elderly. Ourense’s historical patrimony was also featured in her words and the need to stand up and defend “our cultural identity” all together.
Cristina also joined aclaimed singer songwriter Andres Suarez in a very powerful rendition of Negra Sombra, one of the most popular Galician songs of all times.
You can read Cristina’s complete speech (in Galician) here →
Summer is here! Cristina has already begun the season in Pittsburgh, PA, with her US Quartet, for the Just Summer concert series of Chamber Music Pittsburgh. The day after, she travelled to Spain to join her Galician Trio in the Canary Island of Lanzarote to perform at the Costa Teguise festival directed by Canarian master of the timple Benito Cabrera.
Back in Galicia, she has been appointed to deliver a speech to inaugurate the festivities of her hometown Ourense on June 23rd, and to join singer songwriter Andrés Suárez for his opening concert of the Festas do Corpus. Cristina and her Galician TRIO will be on the road this summer in Galicia. Stay tuned for more dates.
On the educational side of things, Cristina is scheduled to collaborate with the Instituto de Estudos Miñorans on June 22nd, invited by Professor Camiño Noia to give a talk, as well as with the Juilliard School on occasion of its annual conference on The Artist as Citizen (produced by astep.org).
In the border between Galicia and Portugal, Cristina will deliver her lecture Transcending Disciplines: The Sustainable Artist of the 21st Century in the conference and summer institute IKFEM 2018 in Tui-Valença, on July 24th.