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
In April Cristina is embarked on the Silkroad tour with Yo-Yo Ma. Touring the US with a unique repertory that includes Edward Perez’s The Latina 6/8 Suite, commissioned by Cristina, the cello and piano movement of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, with Yo-Yo Ma on cello and Cristina on piano, and the storytelling piece Cristina composed inspired in her mother’s journey with dementia: My Lethe Story: The River of Forgetfulness. The tour includes also some arrangements of traditional music from around world and new pieces by Ljova, Jia Daqun and Colin Jacobsen.
The tour is making stops in:
- Brookville, NY (April 7th, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts)
- Newark, NJ (April 8th, New Jersey Performing Arts Center)
- Princeton, NJ (April 9th, McCarter Theatre Center)
- Hamilton, NY (April 11th, Colgate University)
- Amherst, MA (April 12th, Fine Arts Center Concet Hall)
- Lewisburg, PA (April 14th, Weis Center, Bucknell University)
- Tallahassee, FL (April 17th, Ruby Diamond Concert Hall)
- Sarasota, FL (April 19th, Van Wezel)
- Naples, FL (April 20th, Artis—Naples)
- Palm Beach, FL (April 21st, Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall)
- and Miami, FL (April 23th, Adrienne Arsht Center)
See some backstage pictures taken by Cristina’s husband Xan Padron with Silkroad musicians Kinan Azmeh (Syria), Wu Man (China) and the rest of the ensemble:
Cristina opened the celebrations of the XXXVIII Feira do Viño de Amandi in Sober, Lugo, with an inauguration speech and performance that were a big success. The press covered the event thoroughly, as you can see in the pictures above. And if you want, you can take a look at this videos of the event:
Cristina Pato festexou a cultura da Ribeira Sacra nun concerto único →
Cristina Pato pregona la Feira de Amandi→
You can also read Cristina’s speech (in Galician) here →