A coach and high school students work on Osvaldo Golijov's Passion According to St. Mark with the composer (right) in November 2012.
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March 17, 2013 How does an Argentine Jewish artist approach the ultimate Christian narrative? MacArthur "genius" Osvaldo Golijov says it's by creating a "Latin American Jesus." His Passion According to St. Mark was recently staged at Carnegie Hall with a diverse group of singers from New York schools.
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Osvaldo Golijov's St. Mark Passion at Carnegie Hall.
March 6, 2013 Hear one of the most exciting pieces of 21st-century music: a new retelling of Jesus' last days, from Latin American and Jewish perspectives, courtesy of composer Osvaldo Golijov and collaborators.
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The New York Philharmonic performing at the current incarnation of Avery Fisher Hall in January 2011.
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November 30, 2012 A major move for the NY Phil, back-and-forthing in Minnesota and the ROI on Dudamel: our weekly guide to what you absolutely need to know. There's also been something of crime wave, with embezzlement in Atlanta, suspected collusion in Switzerland and students in Ohio trying to crack the drug biz.
Robert Spano conducts members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who are currently in a lock out labor dispute.
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September 6, 2012 Celebrate the sound of the venturesome orchestra while it's silenced by a bitter labor dispute.
A duet for the ages: Domingo and Colbert.
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February 24, 2012 Stephen Colbert sings Verdi with Domingo, Klinghoffer riles London and a kerfuffle over Golijov: all the news that's fit to link.
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein plays Bach and Golijov at an NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
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September 17, 2010 The young cellist plays Bach with elegance, and takes us through the backstreets of Buenos Aires with a gripping performance of <em>Omaramor</em>, Osvaldo Golijov's tribute to tango singer Carlos Gardel.
December 27, 2009 From Osvaldo Golijov's cross-cultural musical fiesta to the chestnut-colored voice of Rolando Villazon, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and All Things Considered host Guy Raz spin a few of the most notable classical recordings of the past ten years.
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December 9, 2008 Improvisation is making a comeback in certain corners of the classical world. Early-music specialists honor the tradition of improvising on what the composer wrote, and some young classical musicians who grew up with jazz, rock and world music feel as comfortable with improv as they do with interpretation.
May 26, 2006 Osvaldo Golijov melds different musical genres, from folk to electronic, into a highly personal style. Now the Argentinean-born composer has written an opera: Ainadamar.
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October 8, 2005 Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov's music brings together influences of his eastern European roots, Jewish heritage and native Argentina. His new song cycle, called Ayre, was written for soprano Dawn Upshaw.
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June 13, 2004 One of the world's most beloved and admired sopranos, Dawn Upshaw has a way with complex modern works and also the tuneful melodies of classic American composers like Stephen Foster.
April 28, 2003 It may sound like classical music, but for NPR reviewer Tom Manoff, it's pancultural — an unusual mix of sounds from different cultures, languages and world instruments. On this special video edition of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen speaks with Manoff about pancultural music.
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August 7, 2002 Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov has written a Latin American Passion, according to Saint Mark. The Passion tells the story of Christ's betrayal, death, and ressurection; perhaps the best-known Passions are those by Johann Sebastian Bach. Our music critic Tom Manoff says Golijov's achievement is remarkable, a musical drama set in a New World for a new time. It's a mixture of traditions — Spanish, Latin, and Aramaic words are set to a music that draws on Latin American folk music, African drumming, flamenco and Gregorian-like chant melodies. • Listen to Fred Child's interview with Osvaldo Golijov for Performance Today, April 8, 2002.
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