FALLING OUT OF TIME by Osvaldo Golijov will premiere in New York at Zankel Hall

On Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.the poignant and moving new work Falling Out of Time by acclaimed composer Osvaldo Golijov receives its New York premiere at Zankel Hall.

Based on Israeli author David Grossman’s book of the same name, Falling Out of Time is a gripping piece of music that explores the grief of parents as they mourn the loss of a child. Golijov’s eclectic music draws on Delta blues and Central Asian ballads to tell a story of heartbreak and a journey of acceptance.

Commissioned by and featuring members of the vast Silkroad Ensemble, this evocative 80-minute song cycle featuring acclaimed Israeli singer Yoni Rechter, Venezuelan singer Biella da Costa and Amsterdam-based soprano Nora Fischer is inspired by the powerful text of Grossman and weaves a tapestry of sound that weaves together three diverse traditions – Chinese, European and Middle Eastern music.

About the artists
Osvaldo Golijov was born in La Plata, Argentina, and later lived in Jerusalem before immigrating to the United States. Growing up in an Eastern European Jewish family with a piano teacher mother and a doctor father, he was raised surrounded by classical chamber music, Jewish liturgical and klezmer music and Astor Piazzolla’s new tango. As a composer, his blending of genres and harmonious integration of voices speaks volumes about his approach and style, resulting in a musical language all his own.

Since the early 1990s, Golijov has collaborated with some of the world’s leading chamber music ensembles such as the Kronos Quartet and the St. Lawrence String Quartet, in addition to relationships with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw and Robert Spano. . In 2000, the creation of La Pasión según San Marcos de Golijov took the music world by storm. The Boston Globe called it “the indisputably brilliant first composition of the 21st century”. Golijov also won acclaim for other groundbreaking works such as his opera Ainadamar and the clarinet quintet The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, as well as the music he wrote for Francis Ford Coppola’s films.

In the fall of 2021, one of Golijov’s last works, Um Dia Bom, for string quartet Brooklyn Rider, received its world premiere in Boston. In February 2022, the St. Lawrence String Quartet and the Telegraph Quartet presented the world premiere of their string octet, Ever Yours, in San Francisco. Besides Falling Out of Time, recent works include Hebraische Milonga for cello and piano, premiered at the Spoleto Festival in 2021 by cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan. Upcoming projects include a violin concerto for Johnny Gandelsman and The Knights, and film soundtracks for La Sociedad de la Nieve by J. A Bayona and Megalopolis by Francis Ford Coppola. The Silkroad Ensemble and singers Wu Tong, Nora Fischer and Biella da Costa created Falling Out of Time in 2019 and released a recording of the work in 2020.

The works of Osvaldo Golijov have featured prominently in Carnegie Hall’s programming for more than 25 years. Since 1996 his music has been performed in 35 concert programs, including major works such as Ainadamar, Ayre, La Pasión según San Marcos and Last Round. He served as Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall during the 2012–13 season. That same season, he served as one of four artistic advisors to the Hall’s Voices from Latin America festival.

Golijov is Loyola Professor of Music at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where he has taught since 1991.

Composer, pianist, singer and arranger Yoni Rechter is considered one of Israel’s most important musicians, with a career spanning over 40 years. His impact and influence on Israeli music is immeasurable. Many of his compositions are considered classics of Israeli music, and his Atur Mitzchech (Your forehead is adorned) has been repeatedly voted the most popular Israeli song of all time. His two best-known collaborations are the legendary group Kavaret – also known as “Poogy” – and Hakeves Ha-16 (The 16th Lamb). A sought-after musical director, producer and arranger, Yoni has worked on numerous musicals, films, dance performances and recordings.

Biella da Costa is one of Venezuela’s most acclaimed and versatile singers. She has twice received the Premio Nacional del Artista and has shared the stage with international artists such as Eric Clapton and Ray Charles, among others. She has performed at prestigious jazz festivals and venues across Europe, North America, Russia and Australia, including Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Since 2000, Biella has performed La Pasión según San Marcos, Ayre and Oceana by Osvaldo Golijov.

Amsterdam-based singer and performer Nora Fischer is renowned for her adventurous approach to live performance and creative, genre-defying collaborations. She is most at home where different musical genres and performing arts join forces and forget that they once had strict boundaries. Her “affinity for experimental classical styles and acute dramatic instincts” (The New York Times) led her to collaborate closely with composers, ensembles and theatre/dance/mime directors such as Louis Andriessen, Simon McBurney and The Silkroad Ensemble, and solo performances in prestigious and experimental venues around the world.

Performance Information

Friday, May 6, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Zankel Room

Dan Brantigan, trumpet
Shawn Conley, bass
Nicholas Cords, viola
Biella da Costa, vocals
Nora Fischer, vocals
Jeremy Flower, electronics and guitar
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Karen Ouzounian, cello
Yoni Rechter, vocals
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Mazz Swift, violin
Wu Man, Pipa

OSVALDO GOLIJOV Falling Out of Time (New York Premiere)

Ticket information

Tickets, priced at $38 and $45, are available at the Carnegie Hall box office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or visiting Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

For more information on discounted ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs and prices are subject to change.

Note: To support a safe reopening for in-person events and in accordance with the advice of medical and public health experts, everyone entering Carnegie Hall will be required to present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with an approved vaccine by the world. Health Organization (WHO). Additionally, everyone on Carnegie Hall premises will be required to wear a properly fitted mask over their nose and mouth, except when eating or drinking in designated areas.

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