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On the Creation of Falling Out of Time

Osvaldo Golijov, Composer
Falling Out of Time is a journey story of loss penned by Israeli author David Grossman and adapted into a song cycle by composer Osvaldo Golijov. This work was premiered by the Silkroad ensemble at College of the Holy Cross in October 2019 and will be performed in Ozawa Hall on July 29 at 8pm. This OpenForum offers an insider’s perspective on the genesis of the work and its development as a song cycle with Mr. Golijov.


Eternity, Chronos, and Kairos: An Exploration of Cultures and Temporalities

Kevin Birth, CUNY Graduate Center, Queen’s College
Our lives are often shaped by our day planners. These promote an image of time as consisting of sequences of homogeneous empty containers to be filled. When viewed in the context of other periods and cultures, this is WEIRD. Is it possible to step outside of our cultural habits and develop other ways of conceptualizing and experiencing time?Our lives are often shaped by our day planners. These promote an image of time as consisting of sequences of homogeneous empty containers to be filled. When viewed in the context of other periods and cultures, this is WEIRD. Is it possible to step outside of our cultural habits and develop other ways of conceptualizing and experiencing time?

Kevin Birth (Ph.D., University of California at San Diego) is a professor of anthropology at Queens College of the City University of New York. He studies cultural concepts of time in relationship to cognition and politics.  His publications and presentations cover a wide ranging array of topics including chronobiology and globalization, comparative calendars, timekeeping in Roman Britain, culture and memory, cognitive neuroscience, early modern clocks, ideas about roosters in the Middle Ages, and current time practices and policies. He is the author of four books: Any Time is Trinidad Time (University Press of Florida),  Bacchanalian Sentiments (Duke University Press), Objects of Time (Palgrave Macmillan), and Time Blind: Problems in Perceiving Other Temporalities (Palgrave Macmillan).

Osvaldo Golijov is known for his musical hybridity in combining the traditions of classical chamber, Jewish liturgical, and klezmer music with hints of the tango of Astor Piazzolla in his compositions * Recipient of the MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship and the Vilcek Prize as well as two GRAMMY Awards in 2006: Best Opera Recording and Best Contemporary Composition for Ainadamar, released on Deutsche Grammophon * Has composed several compositions for soprano Dawn Upshaw over the past decade including the Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, the opera Ainadamar, the cycle Ayre, and a number of arrangements of popular and classical songs * In 2006, Lincoln Center presented a sold out festival entitled "The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov" featuring multiple performances of his works over the course of two months * Composed the soundtrack for Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth and the recently released Tetro * Carnegie Hall Debs Composer Chair, 2012–13 season