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Lincoln Center Announces Golijov Festival
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The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov

In its tradition of celebrating such contemporary composers as John Adams and Louis Andriessen, Great Performers turns its focus in the 2005-06 season to the innovative and evocative Argentine-American composer Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960) in a festival taking place in January and February, 2006. Featuring many of his closest collaborators, "The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov" begins with three performances (January 22, 24, and 26, 2006) of the Lincoln Center commission Ainadamar ( "Fountain of Tears" ). This one-act opera in Spanish with libretto by Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang explores the female characters in Federico Garcia Lorca's work and life. It is directed by Peter Sellars, with soprano soloist Dawn Upshaw and mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, who makes her New York debut, and will be conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

The program on February 4 features the Kronos Quartet, which has recorded 30 of Golijov's works, performing short pieces written or arranged by the composer, followed by Dawn Upshaw performing the composer's Ayre, an arrangement of 11 songs especially written for her, ranging from Sephardic folk tunes to Semitic electronica to Arabic poetry. The Andalucian Dogs, an ensemble created especially for Ayre, will be part of the performance.

A few days later, on February 8, frequent Golijov collaborators the St. Lawrence String Quartet will be joined by clarinetist Todd Palmer and cellist David Finckel to perform the composer's Yiddishbbuk and The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind followed by Schubert's String Quartet in C major, a deeply influential work for Golijov, in a program presented in association with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Reprising his role from the U.S. premiere in Boston in 2000, Robert Spano leads Schola Cantorum de Caracas, Orquesta La Pasión (a group especially assembled for this work by the composer together with percussionist Mikael Ringquist) and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Strings in two performances (February 20 and 21) of the compelling La Pasión según San Marcos ("The Passion According to Saint Mark") , which infuses the traditional texts for Christ's passion with indigenous Latin rhythms.

A special feature of the Golijov festival includes the inauguration of the late-night series of world-music concerts into Great Performers next season in The Allen Room in the new Jazz at Lincoln Center complex at Columbus Circle. Three concerts (of klezmer and new and traditional tango) will span the composer's musical roots, including Jewish liturgical and klezmer music, and Argentinian tango.

"The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov" closes on February 22 with a program presented in association with the Film Society of Lincoln Center: a discussion on composing music for film. Golijov wrote the soundtrack for The Man Who Cried and is currently writing a film score for Megalopolis for Francis Ford Coppola. He will be joined by Argentine musician and composer Gustavo Santaolalla (21 Grams and The Motorcycle Diaries). Richard Pena, program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will lead the discussion.