Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión según San Marcos

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On Sunday, March 10 at 3 pm, WQXR presented a live broadcast of Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión según San Marcos (Passion According to St. Mark), a work that draws on Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music in its re-telling of the passion story. Listen to the archived broadcast above.

Robert Spano conducts Schola Cantorum de Venezuela,  Orquesta La Pasión and 120 New York City High School Students. Soloists include soprano Jessica Rivera, vocalist Luciana Souza, Afro-Cuban singer and dancer Reynaldo González-Fernández, and Deraldo Ferreira, a berimbau player and capoeirista  (a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music).

In 2000, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela premiered this work, which was one of four new Passion settings commissioned to celebrate the 250th birthday of J.S. Bach. With texts sung in Spanish, Latin and Aramaic, the piece aims to tell the Passion story through the cultural and musical history of the Latin American people.

AUDIO: Robert Spano tells Jeff Spurgeon why the Pasion "is a fast train that doesn't stop" and why he was "totally intimidated" by the work at first.


Below is the archive of our live chat and Twitter conversation (hashtag #CHLive).


Robert Spano, Conductor
Orquesta La Pasión
Mikael Ringquist, Leader
Gonzalo Grau, Leader
Jessica Rivera, Soprano
Luciana Souza, Vocalist
Reynaldo González-Fernández, Afro-Cuban Singer and Dancer
Deraldo Ferreira, Capoeirista and Berimbau
Members of Schola Cantorum de Venezuela
Maria Guinand, Chorus Director
David Rosenmeyer, Music Supervisor
Forest Hills High School
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
Songs of Solomon