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03.04.08
Osvaldo Golijov, Golijov's Ayre-Song-cycle featuring Dawn Upshaw
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03.01.08
Osvaldo Golijov, Golijov's Ayre-Song-cycle featuring Dawn Upshaw
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San Francisco Classical Voice
02.29.08
Osvaldo Golijov, Golijov's Ayre-Song-cycle featuring Dawn Upshaw
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02.24.08
Osvaldo Golijov, Golijov's Ayre-Song-cycle featuring Dawn Upshaw
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02.23.08
Osvaldo Golijov, Golijov's Ayre-Song-cycle featuring Dawn Upshaw
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02.23.08
Osvaldo Golijov, Golijov's Ayre-Song-cycle featuring Dawn Upshaw
Golijov's Ayre, with Dawn Upshaw, Triumph at Duke
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Golijov's Ayre-Song-cycle featuring Dawn Upshaw
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08.13.05
Golijov's Ayre-Song-cycle featuring Dawn Upshaw
The New Impresario

Golijov's Ayre - meaning "air" or "melody" in medieval Spanish - largely centers on southern Spain with its intermingling of three cultures (Christian, Arab and Jewish) in an era before the expulsion of the Jews in the late 15th-century. The varying degrees of coexistence and conflict among these cultures have continued to reverberate into our own time. "With a little bend, a melody goes from Jewish to Arab to Christian," Golijov says. "How connected these cultures are and how terrible it is when they don't understand each other. The grief that we are living in the world today has already happened for centuries but somehow harmony was possible between these civilizations." Like Berio, Golijov draws upon a highly eclectic and personal selection of sources. The texts are in Ladino (the lost language of the Spanish Jews, the Sephardim), Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian and Spanish. These words encompass a wide range of human experience, from love and jealousy, to raucous rage and to religious yearning and prayer. Golijov explains that "the idea is to create a 'forest' and for Dawn to walk in it. There is no real sense of 'form' - in the sense of Beethovenian development - but rather lots of detours and discoveries." The recently completed second tour of Ayre found success the following cities: Richmond, VA (University of Richmond, Modlin Center), Durham, NC (Duke University, Camp Concert Hall), Seattle, WA (Seattle Symphony, Benaroya Hall), Berkeley, CA (Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall), and Costa Mesa, CA (Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Segerstrom Hall).

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