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.
In May Cristina joined Professor Steve Seidel and Professor Maggie Cavallo at Harvard University for Radcliffe Institute’s “The Four Publics Project”: a seminar exploring social, civic, public and participatory arts. Cristina was honored to be part of such an amazing group of artists, educators and cultivators of civic and social art.
Cristina continues her work as Learning Advisor for Silkroad at Harvard and will be visiting Cambridge a few more times this month.
And in June the summer season begins with concerts in Pittsburgh with her US Quartet, Lanzarote with her Galician Trio and concerts, masterclasses and public speaking engagements in Spain and the USA for the summer… Stay tuned for more info on her summer schedule!
In the meanwhile, take a look to what the press had to say about the recent Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma tour:
Cellist Yo Yo Ma is one of the biggest names in the classical music world. It was his fame that drew thunderous cheers as he stepped out onto the Van Wezel stage Thursday night, the last of eleven musicians in The Silkroad Ensemble. Yet, with the exception of a searing rendition of Olivier Messiaen’s “Louange à ľÉternité de Jésus” from Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps with pianist Cristina Pato, Ma was not the star of this show. (…)
Pato, who had already distinguished herself as a goddess on the Galician pipes, composed and narrated My Lethe Story. Painting heartbreaking pictures she wove musical poetry through the story of her own mother’s river of forgetfulness. It was just magical. – The Herald Tribune