A concert by Galician Bagpipe virtuoso Cristina Pato will be a first for Princeton University Concerts. On Thursday, November 16 Pato– an active member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble– will present the second event in the PUC125: Performances Up Close series, a concert format that allows the audience to sit onstage with the performer in an interactive hour-long program. Pato will present two such programs in collaboration with the Cristina Pato Quartet: at 6 p.m., she will perform Latino music from her most recent CD “Latina.” At 9 p.m., the ensemble returns to explore the gaita’s folk roots and legacy across classical, jazz and world music with selections from “Migrations.” Tickets are $25 General/$10 Student, available at princetonuniversityconcerts.org or by calling 609-258-9220. Tickets for the 6 p.m. performance are sold out, though more may be released closer to the concert. There are still tickets remaining for the 9 p.m. performance.
In between the two concerts, audience members are invited to the inaugural Dancebreak at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Room at Nassau Presbyterian Church for an opportunity to learn Galician folk dance in a dance class taught by Galician dance instructor Andres Camano. A new initiative launched by Princeton University Concerts this season, Dancebreaks invite listeners to immerse in the folk tradition at the heart of this year’s PUC125 series through dance classes offered in between three of the PUC125 events. Each class is tailored to music performed at the concerts, and is led by professional dancers. Embrace the folk spirit in these events, free to all ticketholders. For more information on Dancebreak, please visit princetonuniversityconcerts.org.
About Cristina Pato
Internationally acclaimed Galician bagpiper master, classical pianist and passionate educator Cristina Pato enjoys an active professional career devoted to cultural exchange and creating new paths for her unique instrument. Her dual careers have led to performances on major stages throughout the world, including regular tours in the U.S. and Europe and sporadic tours in India, Jerusalem , Angola, China, Korea, Mexico, Turkey, and her native Spain.
In 1998, Pato became the first female gaita player to release a solo album, and since then she has collaborated with world music, jazz, classical and experimental artists including the Chicago Symphony, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill, the New York Philharmonic, saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and dancers Damian Woetzel and Lil’ Buck. Pato’s style has been described by The New York Times as “a virtuosic burst of energy.” The Wall Street Journal has called her “one of the living masters of the gaita.” Pato fuses the influences of Latin music, jazz, pop and contemporary music.
An active recording artist and performer since age 12, Pato has released and produced six solo gaita recordings and two as a pianist. She has also collaborated on more than 40 recordings as a guest artist, including the Grammy Award winner Yo-Yo Ma and Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace and the jazz album Miles Español: New Sketches of Spain. She is also featured in the documentary “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” directed by academy award winner director Morgan Neville. She earned her doctorate in musical arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and is currently the Blodgett Distinguished Artist in Residence at Harvard University.