Center Stage Series: Luther College presents Cristina Pato Quartet at the Center for Faith and Life Sept. 21

Internationally acclaimed Galician bagpipe master Cristina Pato and her quartet, the Cristina Pato Quartet, will give the first performance of Luther College's 2018-19 Center Stage Series. Held in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus, the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors 65+, and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.tickets.luther.edu, or via the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Pato became the first female gaita (Galatian bagpipe) player to release a solo album, and for the past 20 years has been collaborating with many different kinds of musicians, including world artists and jazz, classical and experimental musicians. She has been performing since the age of 12 and has given more than 600 different concerts worldwide.

In addition to her background in performance, Pato has a Doctorate of Musical Arts in collaborative piano, as well as degrees in piano performance, music theory and chamber music. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts in digital arts, for computer-based music.

She performs with her quartet, a group of skilled musicians who take many of their influences from Jazz and Folkloric music, and Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, who performed the Grammy award winning album "Yo-Yo Ma and Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace."

Her quartet is best known for the album "Latina" which was released in 2015. It is an album focused on exploring different kinds of cultural adaption through the evolution of six beat patterns to create an album that is diversely styled within its own genre.

The Website World Music Report praised Pato in their article on her latest album, saying, "The late cellist Jacqueline Du Pré and the legendary percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, and now the virtuoso Galician bagpiper (gaita player) Cristina Pato... Very few musicians of any gender have more visceral energy and vivacity than these three musicians. This music on 'Latina' gets to you if you open your heart. In fact it will pry open the gateway to your soul and if you resist, it will get you anyway."

Prior to the performance, Luther is holding a Center Stage Dinner Series event. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m.; tickets are $20 per person. Dinner tickets can be found online at http://www.tickets.luther.edu, or via the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357 or [email protected].

Upcoming Center Stage Series events include the illusionist Vitaly Oct. 6 and Frankenstein Oct. 19. For the full Center Stage Series listing see https://tinyurl.com/css201819.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.