• Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012

    Robert Spano Conducts Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión según San Marcos featuring Chorus of 120 New York City High School Students at Carnegie Hall on March 10

    Performers Include Singers Jessica Rivera, Luciana Souza, and Reynaldo González-Fernández; Capoeirista Deraldo Ferreira; Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and Chorus Director Maria Guinand; and Orquesta La Pasión, Led by Mikael Ringquist and Gonzalo Grau  
    Presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, This Event Provides Students with an Opportunity to Rehearse with and Perform at Carnegie Hall with World-Class Musicians  
    Image courtesy of Carnegie Hall.
    On Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m. at Carnegie Hall, Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducts composer Osvaldo Golijov’s acclaimed La Pasión según San Marcos (“The Passion According to St. Mark”), a contemporary setting of the Passion story drawing on the sounds of Latin America.

    Leading up to this one-time-only performance, Golijov and many of the professional musicians taking part in this concert have worked closely with over one hundred New York City high school singers from Forest Hills High School and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, and the Harlem-based youth choir Songs of Solomon, starting in spring 2012 as part of an in-depth creative learning project presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The young singers will form the bulk of the chorus for this performance, alongside Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, which premiered the work in 2000. The Orquesta La Pasión, led by Mikael Ringquist and Gonzalo Grau, also performs, with featured soloists including soprano Jessica Rivera, vocalist Luciana Souza, Afro-Cuban singer and dancer Reynaldo González-Fernández, and capoeirista and berimbau-player Deraldo Ferreira.

    Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos is a stunning oratorio that tells the story of the Passion of Christ through the cultural and musical history of the Latin American people, including mambo and Batá drumming from Cuba and samba and Capoeira from Brazil, with texts sung in Spanish, Latin, and Aramaic. It was commissioned as one of four modern Passions to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Bach, composer of some of the most renowned Passion settings, in 2000. The work has previously been heard in New York at the BAM Next Wave Festival and at Lincoln Center. Click here for a video of the composer introducing his work.

    This performance of the Pasión—its first at Carnegie Hall—marks the first time since its premiere that any chorus other than Schola Cantorum de Venezuela has sung the Pasión—something Golijov says is important to him. “How could I be happier? You know, the only way for a piece to survive is to be performed by a new generation of performers… and I couldn’t be more honored than entrusting (them) with the Pasión. I mean, we all know that we have an expiration date, so it’s better to give it, to open it, and I feel blessed.”

    Students involved in the project have reported that learning more about the cultural origins of Golijov’s Pasión has enabled them to better understand the work’s styles and rhythms as they prepare for their Carnegie Hall performance.

    Osvaldo Golijov is holder of this season’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall, with performances of his music heard at the Hall in February, March, and May. Golijov was also one of four artistic advisors in Carnegie Hall’s month-long, citywide festival Voices from Latin America, which concluded on December 11.

    The March 10 performance of the Pasión will be aired on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and stations nationwide as part of the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall in collaboration with American Public Media and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and American Public Media’s Fred Child. Concerts in the series are available for live streaming on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. During every live broadcast, WQXR, Carnegie Hall, and digital partner NPR Music will host live web chats, including Twitter commentary by the broadcast team, from backstage and in the control room, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other.

    Each year, Carnegie Hall presents a large-scale creative learning project in which local students rehearse and perform a major work in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with a professional orchestra, professional soloists, and a well-known conductor. These intensive projects are designed to nurture and showcase exemplary student work through multiple months of rehearsal and preparation, elevating student performance to a professional level, and creating transformational experiences for all involved. Past projects have included The Rite of Spring Project (November 2007), The Bernstein Mass Project (December 2008), Too Hot to Handel (November 2010), and The Carmina Burana Choral Project (February 2012).

    For more information on this year’s project exploring La Pasión según San Marcos, including behind-the-scenes video of the rehearsal process, please click here.

    The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
    The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs annually serve more than 350,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area, across the US, and around the world.

    Program Information
    Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Orquesta La Pasión
    Mikael Ringquist, Leader
    Gonzalo Grau, Leader
    Robert Spano, Conductor
    Jessica Rivera, Soprano
    Luciana Souza, Vocalist
    Reynaldo González-Fernández, Afro-Cuban Singer and Dancer
    Deraldo Ferreira, Capoeirista and Berimbau
    Members of Schola Cantorum de Venezuela
    Maria Guinand, Chorus Director
    David Rosenmeyer, Music Supervisor
    Forest Hills High School
    Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
    Songs of Solomon

    OSVALDO GOLIJOV La Pasión según San Marcos

    Pre-concert talk starts at 2:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with Osvaldo Golijov and Maria Guinand in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

    Lead support for La Pasión según San Marcos: A Creative Learning Project is provided by The Irene Diamond Fund.

    La Pasión según San Marcos: A Creative Learning Project is generously underwritten by Martha and Bob Lipp.

    Public support for this program is provided by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Osvaldo Golijov is the holder of the 2012–2013 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall.

    Additional support is provided, in part, by an endowment grant from The Irene Diamond Fund.

    This concert and the Choral Classics series are made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for choral music established by S. Donald Sussman in memory of Judith Arron and Robert Shaw.

    Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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