Golijov's poignant work is based on David Grossman's book by the same name, about a man dealing with such profound grief after the death of his son that he sets out on a journey "out of time" to find him, or to find answers. The piece is scored for three voices, that of Amsterdam-based soprano Nora Fisher, Biella Da Costa, one of Venezuela's most acclaimed and versatile vocalists, and Wu Tong, the renowned sheng player and vocalist from Beijing, as well as electronics, string quintet, kemanche, percussion, pipa, sheng and trumpet.
One of the most important contemporary classical composers of our time, Golijov's works — known for blending influences from many musical traditions to reflect the multicultural modern world — include the widely acclaimed retelling of the "St. Mark Passion," the opera "Ainadamar," song cycles, chamber music and film scores. He is the recipient of two Grammy awards and the coveted MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship.
A member of the faculty at Holy Cross since 1991, Golijov, who has a strong commitment to both his students and Holy Cross' mission, was delighted to be able to premiere his newest work at the College. "It's very hard for me to call a place home, but Holy Cross feels like home," he said. "I have had pieces premiere all over, but to have this premiere at home is much more meaningful."