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  • NJCU’s Cristina Pato Performs at the White House

    Cristina Pato, an adjunct faculty member in the Caroline L. Guarini Department of Music, Dance and Theatre, performed at the White House on May 20. Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, the show also featured students from Turnaround Arts schools across the nation and highlighted the importance of arts education.

    Dr. Pato is a master of the gaita, or Galician bagpipe, a pianist, and composer who enjoys performing on major stages around the globe. In 2010, she received a Grammy Award for her collaboration on “Yo-Yo Ma and Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace” and has performed regularly with Mr. Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. She has also been featured at concerts with Arturo O’Farril, Paquito D’Rivera, the Chieftans, World Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    Dr. Pato’s performances have been hailed by The New York Times as “a virtuosic burst of energy” and by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the living masters of the gaita.”
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