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The Silk Road Ensemble

(2013/2014 Performing Arts)

Thu, Oct 24
8:00 PM
Principal Sponsor: Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

Yo-Yo Ma, Artistic Director

“Classical music-making rarely achieves this combination of spontaneity and superb craftsmanship.” The Washington Post

The Silk Road Ensemble, a Grammy-nominated collective of performers from Asia, Europe and the Americas, combines superb musicianship with an eagerness to connect across cultures and musical traditions. Western string instrumentalists perform with folk percussionists and virtuosos of instruments like the gaita (Galician bagpipes), tabla (Indian hand drums), shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and kamancheh (Persian bowed lute). The ensemble’s lively concert features sumptuous traditional music alongside new work by composers the world over, such as Angel Lam’s haunting Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain, which explores the universal mysteries of life, death and longing. Come delight in the fertile crossroads of musical culture. Featuring Kayhan Kalhor, Cristina Pato, Kojiro Umezaki, Sandeep Das and others.

a Fund for Programmatic Excellence event

Available on the World Music series

Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma will not be performing. He will perform in recital with Kathryn Stott at The Granada Theatre on Mar 13, 2014.


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