Cristina Pato brings bagpipes into an orchestral setting

Cristina Pato brings bagpipes into an orchestral setting
Cristina Pato brings bagpipes into an orchestral setting

Cristina Pato brings bagpipes into an orchestral setting

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The bagpipes aren’t only for men in kilts. And they’re not just from the British Isles. Cristina Pato has been wowing the world for years with her gaita-a small version of the bagpipes from the region of northwest Spain called Galicia. Pato is in town to play with the Chicago Sinfonietta, including a U.S. premier of a jazz and tango-inspired work she commissioned for gaita, piano, and orchestra. She joins the Morning Shift to blow the bagpipe and break musical barriers.