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The Musical Universe of Oswaldo Golijov

Join us for a fascinating evening exploring the life and music (so far) of Oswaldo Golijov. Born in Argentina in 1965, his powerful, multilayered music draws from diverse contemporary influences such as klezmer, jazz, and tango. The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind was Golijov’s first major success, a musical expression—reflecting joy and sorrow, laughter and tears—of a mystical Jewish belief. The piece deftly blends prayer and dance and leaves the listener in a state of grace that is all too rare in modern music.Golijov’s works move brilliantly beyond collage to grab the ears with palpable force. They may also reflect the coming of age of a broader global sensibility within the secluded world of classical composition, and they suggest that the freshest voices may be hailing from the most distant shores. Ben Simon, Music Director, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
Ben Simon is the music director of the award-winning youth ensemble Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. He has organized popular special events featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok, Schubert, Bernstein, and Mendelssohn. Jeff Anderle, Founding Co-Director, Switchboard Music
Jeff Anderle is a pioneer in the world of low reeds, helping to popularize the role of the modern clarinet and bass clarinet through his innovative and diverse performances, ensembles, and commissions. Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO)
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra is an award-winning youth orchestra for regional string musicians of high-school age and younger. The emphasis on chamber music uniquely sets PACO apart from other youth orchestras in the Bay Area and the nation.



Saturday, November 12, 2016. 07:30 PM


Cubberley Auditorium


Continuing Studies




Free; no advance registration required. 
Doors open no earlier than 7:00pm