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!

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