SRO for Pato’s First Act

Galician bagpiper, pianist and composer Cristina Pato performed to a standing room only crowd on April 23 in Hogan Ballroom. With her band, the Migrations, Pato showed her masterful command of the gaita (Spanish bagpipe) and got the crowd moving in a traditional Spanish dance.

Pato is the College’s first visiting artist in residence as part of the Arts Transcending Borders (ATB) initiative. ATB will examine the theme “Time, Memory, and Identity” with Pato’s residency throughout the next academic year through a series of workshops, master classes, public lectures, performances and other opportunities for interaction and learning.

“It’s impossible to say no to a setting that is going to be full of amazing students who are curious and generous,” Pato says, adding that connecting the arts through every discipline is important. “We cannot forget how much art can change people’s lives. For me, it is an honor to be a part of this and to be the first artist in residence.”  ■  

See a clip of Pato’s rousing first performance on campus at