Osvaldo Golijov’s Falling Out of Time
CPA Series

Osvaldo Golijov’s Falling Out of Time

April 20, 2023
7:30 PM

Tickets from $10–$62. See details below.

Osvaldo Golijov presents Falling Out of Time, a musical interpretation of David Grossman’s powerful book of the same name. With exquisite nuance, Falling Out of Time narrates a journey of grief individually and in community, exploring the theme of accompaniment in grief, and what we owe each other. 

The piece, a song cycle commissioned by Silkroad with a cast that includes members of the Silkroad Ensemble, traverses vast and varied emotional landscapes to finally arrive at a place where breathing is again possible.

“Golijov draws on Silkroad’s globe-spanning roster of virtuosos to shape a singular soundscape that marries impulses from Central Asian song epic, Delta blues and ruminative minimalist patterns.”



Tickets available for $32–$62. $10 UNC-Chapel Hill student tickets available with valid UNC One Card. Additional discounts available. Visit our FAQ page for details.



I. Heart Murmur

II. Night Messengers

III. Come, Chaos

IV. Step

V. Come, Son

VI. In Procession

VII. Pierce the Skies

VIII. Walking

IX. If You Meet Him

X. Fly

XI. Go Now

XII. Ayeka (Where Are You?)

XIII. Breathe

Recording available on In a Circle Records


Dedicated to The Parents Circle – Family Forum 

And to 

Ruth & Mario Berchole 

Colleen & Bob Cording 

Cecilia & Néstor Fiore 

Paula & Haim Gromadzyn 

Michal & David Grossman 

Regan & David Harrington 

Cathy & Frank Vellaccio 


  • Biella da Costa, voice
  • Nora Fischer, voice
  • Yoni Rechter, voice 
  • Dan Brantigan: trumpet, flugelhorn, and suona
  • Megan Conley: harp
  • Shawn Conley: acoustic bass and electric fretless bass 
  • Jeremy Flower: electric guitar and modular synthesizer 
  • Johnny Gandelsman: violin 
  • Mario Gotoh: viola 
  • Kayhan Kalhor: kamancheh, shah kaman
  • Karen Ouzounian: cello 
  • Shane Shanahan: percussion and drum set 
  • Mazz Swift: violin 


Text adapted by Osvaldo Golijov from the novel by David Grossman 

Translation from Hebrew by Jessica Cohen

  • Monitor Engineer: Charlie Campbell
  • Executive Producer (The Shepherd): Cristin Canterbury Bagnall 
  • Stage Manager: Lauren Cavanaugh 
  • Production Manager and Lighting Designer: Aaron Copp
  • Lighting Director: Cat J. Cusick 
  • Sound Engineer: Jody Elff
  • Music Director: Johnny Gandelsman
  • Costume Designer: Maile Okamura 
  • Scenic Designer: Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams
  • Projection Design (based on artwork by Mary Frank): Camilla Tassi

additional credits

Tour Management 

Johnny Gandelsman, In a Circle Records 

Cristin Canterbury Bagnall, BroadBand Collaborative

With thanks to Kinan Azmeh, Anthony Barbir, Eduardo A. Braniff, Jonathan Brill, Mary Pat Buerkle, Carole Charnow, Meghan Coleman, Hannah Collins, Lou Cove, Nicholas Cords, Kathy Fletcher, Anne Gottlieb, Deborah Harris, Vanessa Hoheb, Isabelle Hunter, Yonca Karakilic, Liz Keller-Tripp, Golnar Khosrowshahi, Yo-Yo Ma, Ben Mandelkern, Deborah Rutter, Jessica Shuttleworth, Hillel Sommer, Sara Stackhouse, Lori Taylor, Jason van Eyk, Wu Man, Reylon Youn.


Falling Out of Time is presented with support from Pamela and David Hornik, Jennie and David Jadow, Martin Peretz, and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. 

Falling Out of Time was commissioned by Silkroad, a commission made possible thanks in part to support from the Alice L. Walton Foundation and the Barr Foundation. Silkroad is grateful to the members of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA for their partnership in the development of this work. Falling Out of Time premiered at Brooks Hall at The College of the Holy Cross on October 31, 2019.


Osvaldo Golijov’s works include the St Mark Passion; the opera Ainadamar; Azul, a cello concerto; The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, for clarinet and string quartet; the song cycles Ayre and Falling Out of Time and the soundtracks for the Francis Ford Coppola’s films “Tetro” and “Youth Without Youth.” This season two new works have premiered: Um Dia Bom, for string quartet, for Brooklyn Rider; and Ever Yours, for string octet, for the St Lawrence String Quartet together with the Telegraph Quartet. He is currently working on a violin concerto for Johnny Gandelsman and The Knights to be premiered December 16, 2022, at the opening of the Prior Center for Performing Arts at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was born in Argentina, and lived in Jerusalem before coming to the US. He is the Loyola Professor of Music at the College of the Holy Cross.

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