Part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Latin American music meets Afro-Cuban and contemporary classical in this bold interpretation of Christ’s Crucifixion, in the first of two Passion concerts.

EIF’s first opening concert is Osvaldo Golijov’s captivatingly rhythmic La Pasión según San Marcos.

The Argentinian composer crosses cultural boundaries with this transformative interpretation of Christ’s crucifixion. Golijov’s dramatic score weaves together samba, tango, Flamenco and Gregorian chant with live capoeira and dance, all propelled forward by energetic percussion.

The text is just as unusual. Instead of standard biblical translations, he uses text from gospel pamphlets sold on the street all over Latin America, combined with the Hebrew Kaddish (prayer for the dead) and modern-day Spanish poetry.

Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro joins musicians brought together specially for the Scottish premiere of this poignant work. The Caracas-based choir, Schola Cantorum of Venezuela, are integral to the piece, included in every performance since its 2000 premiere. They are joined by the National Youth Choir of Scotland and a line-up of soloists from jazz, popular and classical backgrounds.

Golijov’s piece was one of four Passions commissioned to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach. The next day, the same miracle of faith is explored in a vividly contrasting performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

Supported by Dunard Fund with additional support from Camões I.P.