Osvaldo Golijov: La Pasión Según San Marcos west coast tour

Tour Dates: October 15-20, 2002

On the afternoon of Tuesday, October 14th, the Stanford Chamber Strings convened at San Jose International Airport to board a Southwest flight to Orange County, with six cellos and six violins. This is our story.

Stanford Chamber Strings Participants:

  • Members of the St. Lawrence String QuartetGeoff Nuttall (violin), Barry Shiffman (violin), and Alberto Parrini (cello)
  • Stanford faculty member Stephen Harrison (cello)
  • Stanford students: Sabrina Lee (violin), Andrea Bohlman (violin), Hector Moreno (cello), Benjamin Chen (violin), and Ben Frievogel (cello)
  • Stanford alumnus Eric Cheng (cello)
  • Concert violinist Livia Sohn (violin)
  • SF Conservatory student Claire Bryant (cello)

Tickets are still available! Contact one of the venues below, if you are interested in coming.

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"Imagine if Bach and Jesus were from Latin America. This was the revolutionary vision behind Osvaldo Golijov’s exuberant and riveting interpretation of the Gospel According to St. Mark. An Argentinian of Jewish descent, Golijov deftly combines the sublime sensibility of Bach with the explosive verve of a Latin street festival. In this rare, momentous event, 75 singers, dancers, and musicians, under the baton of Maria Guinand, passionately fuse the music of South America, Cuba, and the West, culminating in a kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead. Rapturous and sensuous, devout and pensive, this astounding Northern California premiere will leave you spiritually uplifted and emotionally drained. The orchestra will include members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford’s ensemble-in residence."

"[Pasión] grabs you by the throat from the first moments and doesn't let you go until it sets you down, changed, an hour and a half later... The piece reaffirms music's power to stir the imagination and to reach our deepest and most powerful emotions." — Boston Globe

"Golijov's Passion drops like a bomb on the belief that classical music is an exclusively European art." — New Yorker Magazine

"A magnificent triumph of Latin American music" — Los Angeles Times

"... they went crazy. It was literally a half-hour standing ovation. I had never seen anything like it. It was a rock-concert type reaction." — San Jose Mercury News Article, October 11, 2002

San Francisco Chronicle Article, October 18, 2002

October 18, 2002 - Osvaldo Golijov, on the cover of Palo Alto Weekly (story here)

"The string section will be comprised of the Stanford Chamber Strings, under the direction of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford's ensemble-in-residence. Current Stanford musical students and recent alumni will also join forces to bring Golijov's work of genius to life in an exclusive Bay Area engegement."

More information and reviews can be found on Osvaldo Golijov's web site.


Fri.-Sat., October 18-19 at 8 p.m.
Segerstrom Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center

Orquesta La Pasión
Schola Cantorum de Caracas
Members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet
Maria Guinand, conductor

Presented by the Philharmonic Society
Tickets: $59, $55, $40, $29, $19

Groups of 20 or more save 20%.

For more info, go to:
http://www.eclecticorange.org/tickets.asp ... and click on "tickets".
or, call (949) 553-2422


Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 8 pm
Students 1/2 off, and can each bring an additional guest at 1/2 price
Memorial Auditorium

More Information:
http://livelyarts.stanford.edu/ ... and click on "Calendar" and look for Oct 20th.
or, call (650) 725-ARTS (2787)