Osvaldo Golijov!

New York Philharmonic Event:

  • Golijov is on the program!

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013; 7:30 PM

The concert is at Avery Fisher Hall. 212-875-5656.

The program:

  • Osvaldo Golijov: “The Last Round”
  • Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
  • Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

Composer Osvaldo Golijov was born in 1960, and my sense is that he is better known in California than he is in New York. This is amazing, really, since New York folks believe that residents of California still live in the Dark Ages.

Mr. Golijov’s music has been performed repeatedly at Stanford University, where he has a close connection with Stanford’s St. Lawrence String Quartet.

Would you believe that Mr. Golijov’s music has never been a part of a subscription-concert performance with the Philharmonic? That will be corrected this week when the orchestra’s assistant conductor, Joshua Weilerstein, conducts Golijov’s “Last Round”.

Argentinian-born Osvaldo Golijov’s music appears to be influenced by Klezmer music, and all the way to Ástor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango. Today he is one of the most sought-after composers.

The two-movement “Last Round” was composed for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. The piece is both Golijov’s homage to Piazzolla and an encounter with tango, the sultry, sensuous dance that started inauspiciously in the bordellos of Buenos Aires in the 19th century and emerged from back alleys to become fashionable — the chic dance of tango bars.

The program also features Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (with Arabella Steinbacher, a young artist making her Philharmonic début), and Dvořák’s wonderful Symphony No. 8 in G Major.

Here is Osvaldo Golijov’s “Last Round” performed at the Cartagena Music Festival in 2012 :


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