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Cristina Pato Records Octavio Vazquez’s Concerto with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia

Cristina Pato - Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Cristina Pato - Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Cristina Pato - Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Cristina Pato - Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Cristina Pato - Real Filharmonía de Galicia

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 Pato to Perform in New York Philharmonic’s Director Farewell Concert

Cristina Pato & NY Philharmonic - 2015

Cristina Pato performing with the NY Philharmonic – February 2015

On June 8th, for the first of NY Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert’s farewell concerts, Yo-Yo Ma, Edward Perez, and Silk Road Ensemble members Cristina Pato, Johnny Gandelsman, and Shane Shanahan join the New York Philharmonic and orchestra musicians from around the world. The concert, on the theme “celebrating the power of music to unite across borders,” will include Kinan Azmeh’s Ibn Arabi Postlude and Edward Perez’s The Latina 6/8 Suite, the work conceived and commissioned by Cristina and Silkroad for her Latina project. Alan Gilbert himself will join them at the violin.

Cristina has performed with the New York Philharmonic before: in February 2015 she became the first Gaita player ever to perform with the renowned orchestra, when they played Osvaldo Golijov’s Rose of the Winds. Here’s the link to a video recorded for Galician TVG news on the occasion.

Tickets for the concert are already sold out. For more info visit the NY Philharmonic site →.

Great Success of Cristina Pato & Real Filharmonía de Galicia

Cristina’s concerts with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia have been a great success, with sold-out venues and several minutes long ovations. The press coverage of such a historic event was thorough, with even live broadcasts in the news. Here are some pictures from the performance at the Auditorio de Galicia, in Santiago de Compostela:

Cristina Pato & Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Cristina Pato & Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Cristina Pato & Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Cristina Pato & Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Cristina Pato & Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Cristina Pato & Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Cristina Pato & Real Filharmonía de Galicia

On Saturday 4th, Cristina and the Real Filharmonía took their music to a more family oriented venue, the Eugenio Granell Park in Santiago de Compostela, where both the young and the old enjoyed the performance:

Cristina Pato & Real Filharmonía de Galicia

Next up, Cristina will be performing with Hartford Symphony Orchestra from June 9 through June 12, playing Osvaldo Golijov’s Rose of the Winds with Kayhan Kalhor, David Krakauer and Michael Ward-Bergeman.

Cristina Pato to perform with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia

FILHARMONIA-logo-TRThis week, Cristina will join the Real Filharmonía de Galicia for three performances, in Santiago de Compostela (June 2nd), Vigo (June 3rd) and a free performance at the Eugenio Granell Park in Santiago de Compostela (June 4th). The program includes Octavio Vazquez’s Viúvas de Vivos e Mortos (Widows of the Living and of the Dead), the piece commissioned by Cristina for her Gaita and Orchestra Commissioning Project, which received a grant from NewMusicUSA.

Spanish newspapers La Voz de Galicia, Faro de Vigo, and La Región have featured this news and Cristina is to appear at Galician public TV and Radio:

Tuesday, May 31:
11:10 Radiovoz
12:00 Onda Cero Vigo
12:15 EsRadio
17:00 Onda Cero Ourense
Wednesday, June 1:
11:25 Galicia por Diante, RG
12:00 A Revista, TVG
13:30 Cadena Ser
Zigzag (TVG)

This is the first time Cristina’s Gaita & Orchestra Commissioning Project arrives in Galicia. The performance in Santiago de Compostela on June 3rd will be streamed live in the Real Filharmonía website →

Cristina’s Spring Tour

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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 1 – WASHINGTON, DC
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

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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!

Octavio Vazquez’s “Elas” World Premiere in Detroit

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Yesterday February 2nd, “Elas“, the Third Movement of Octavio Vazquez’s concerto Widows of the Living and of the Dead, was premiered in Detroit with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra.

The concerto is part of Cristina’s Gaita & Orchestra Commissioning Project, supported by New Music USA.

You can watch a video of the performance at the link below (starting at 38’30”):
Part 2 – 18th Annual Sphinx Finals Competition Concert

Next up, Cristina will return to the College of the Holy Cross, to present a new work-in-progress inspired by the Camino de Santiago and her Galician roots, The Camino Experience: Making the Way

Pictures of the Concert at the Palau de la Música

Below you can find a little gallery of the concert held on November 22nd at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, with pictures by Lorenzo Duaso.

Palau de la Musica
Palau de la Musica
Palau de la Musica
Palau de la Musica
Palau de la Musica
Palau de la Musica
Palau de la Musica

And here’s a selection of the press coverage of the event:

Ara
El Periodico
La Vanguardia

Cristina would like to take the opportunity to thank Lorenzo Duaso for his beautiful pictures, the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès for a wonderful week, and once again thanks to NewMusicUSA for their support.

Cristina Pato & Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès performing in Barcelona

Cristina Pato & OSVThe third week of November, Cristina will team up with the prestigious Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès for a series of performances in Barcelona, Sabadell and Manresa. The program includes the world premiere of Emilio Solla’s A Galician Voyage: Concerto for Bagpipes, Piano & Orchestra, one of the pieces commissioned by Cristina for her GAITA AND ORCHESTRA COMMISSIONING PROJECT, which was awarded a grant by NewMusicUSA.

Below you can find the schedule of the events and all the info:

More info, as usual, in the events section.