• Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair: Osvaldo Golijov

  • Osvaldo Golijov has that distinctive ability to transcend musical boundaries and create music that not only reveals personal influences, but also has the emotional power to touch our souls. In addition to his guidance for Voices from Latin America, Golijov is holder of the 2012–2013 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair. At the heart of his residency is a performance of his La Pasión según San Marcos, with high school choral students who are participating in a creative learning project. Drawing on the sounds of Latin America—including his native Argentina—to set texts in Spanish, Latin, and Aramaic, the piece is vividly evocative, wildly inventive, and entirely characteristic of Golijov’s aesthetic.
    Also this season, the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s longtime collaboration with Golijov continues with a Making Music concert that includes Ayre and Kohelet, a new quartet written for them that was co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall. A performance of Golijov’s Violin Concerto by Leonidas Kavakos with The Philadelphia Orchestra—the New York premiere of his first work in the genre—and a selection of his songs with soprano Dawn Upshaw and the Crash Ensemble complete his residency.
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  • Osvaldo Golijov's concerts are included in the following series:
    Great American Orchestras I 2012-2013
    Young masters join legendary maestro Riccardo Muti in a series that delves into the vast canon of symphonic works. These astonishing evenings of music feature influential works by Mahler, Mussorgsky, and Dvořák, paired with premieres of new commissions that include Osvaldo Golijov's highly anticipated Violin Concerto and a new work by Anders Hillborg written for the incomparable soprano Renée Fleming.
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    Fast Forward 2012-2013
    This forward-thinking series features premiere works by significant composers of the 21st-century, including Osvaldo Golijov, Terry Riley, Tyondai Braxton, Donnacha Dennehy, Missy Mazzoli, and a quartet of composers from Latin America. Their music has also found a new breed of musical interpreters—Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet among them—who provide electrifying performances of what is new, now, and next.
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    Choral Classics
    Discover choral masterworks that shine a light on vocal artistry on an international scale. Robert Spano captures the American spirit in a program that includes works by Bernstein and Copland; Gustavo Dudamel conducts a program of 20th- and 21st-century works by Latin American composers; and Osvaldo Golijov’s spirited La Pasión según San Marcos is interpreted by members of Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and New York City high school choristers.
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    Off the Beaten Track 2012-2013
    Eclectic and always entertaining, this series returns with an enduring and beloved a cappella vocal group from Britain, traditional and contemporary music from Northeastern Brazil, the inventive Ensemble ACJW from here in New York City, and one of Ireland’s most exciting contemporary-music exports.
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