Youth Music Culture Guangdong
Jan
11
to Jan 18

Youth Music Culture Guangdong

  • 1 Haishan Street, Er Sha Island, Guangzhou, 510105, China, Guangzhou, China (map)
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Inaugurated in 2017, Youth Music Culture Guangdong (YMCG) has been presented by the Guangdong Provincial Department of Culture. From 2019 it will be presented by the Guangdong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism and organized jointly by the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (GSO) and Xinghai Concert Hall. This annual project takes place in January in Guangzhou, led by GSO Music Director Long Yu as Chairman of the Artistic Committee, Yo-Yo Ma as Artistic Director and Maestro Michael Stern as Music Director.

More than twenty internationally renowned musicians and educators have joined the YMCG faculty in the past two years, participating in teaching sessions and public performances. They include professors from such illustrious global institutions as Harvard University and Curtis Institute of Music, members of the Silkroad Ensemble and principal players of the world’s premier orchestras.

The YMCG program focuses on the younger generation, using music as the key and culture as the link, nurturing participants to embrace an open and flexible artistic philosophy in tandem with Yo-Yo Ma’s mission in establishing “meaningful communication; trust between the self and the collective; co-operation of individuals.” The success of the inaugural YMCG was praised in professional circles and general media as “opening a new page for the Chinese symphonic world,” also topping the list of 2017’s “China Top Ten Music News.”

Every year, YMCG assembles a new group of young musicians under the age of 35—hailing from different cultural and educational backgrounds around the world—to form the YMCG Symphony Orchestra. This gathering of like-minded musicians attests to the spirit of inclusiveness, innovation and forward-thinking of YMCG, a cultural beacon based in the region standing in the forefront of China’s reform and open-door policy.

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Silkroad Ensemble Concert at University of Boulder
Jan
31
7:30 PM19:30

Silkroad Ensemble Concert at University of Boulder

  • 1595 Pleasant Street Boulder, CO, 80302 United States (map)
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Founded 20 years ago by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Silkroad Ensemble uses music to bridge cultural divides. The ensemble brings together musicians from all over the globe, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. The result is a uniquely engaging and accessible encounter between the foreign and the familiar, reflecting our many-layered contemporary identities.

For more than 80 years, the Artist Series has brought the globe's finest jazz, classical, world music and dance performers to Boulder. Many of these performances sell out; order your tickets today to guarantee the best seats.

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Silkroad Ensemble Concert at Newman Center, University of
Feb
1
7:30 PM19:30

Silkroad Ensemble Concert at Newman Center, University of

  • 2344 East Iliff Avenue Denver, CO, 80210 United States (map)
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Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, the Grammy award-winning Silkroad creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. Passionate about learning from one another’s traditions, these rooted explorers perform on instruments ranging from world percussion to Western strings, creating a new encounter between the foreign and the familiar that reflects our many-layered contemporary identities.

“One of the most visionary arts initiatives of our time.” — WNPR

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Silkroad Ensemble Concert at Newmark Theatre
Feb
4
7:30 PM19:30

Silkroad Ensemble Concert at Newmark Theatre

  • 1111 Southwest Broadway Portland, OR, 97205 United States (map)
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Join the Grammy-Award winning Silkroad Ensemble for an evening of “vibrant and virtuosic” music (Wall Street Journal) and become witness of “one of the most visionary arts initiatives of our time.” (WNPR)

The Silkroad Ensemble creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the group is a “roving musical laboratory without walls” (Boston Globe)  that appears in many congurations and settings, from intimate groups of two and three in museum galleries to rousing complements of eighteen in concert halls, public squares, and amphitheaters.

Silkroad musicians and composers hail from more than 20 countries, drawing on a rich tapestry of traditions to create a new musical language — a uniquely engaging and accessible encounter between the foreign and the familiar that reflects our many-layered contemporary identities. As the Los Angeles Times has said, Silkroad’s "vision of international cooperation is not what we read in our daily news reports. Theirs is the better world available if we, like these extraordinary musicians, agree to make it one.”

The Silkroad Ensemble has performed in more than 100 cities in over 30 countries and recorded seven albums; its 2016 release, Sing Me Home, won the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. The Music of Strangers, a documentary about the Ensemble directed by the Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and was released worldwide in 2016. 

For more information, please visit silkroad.org.

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Silkroad Ensemble Concert at Benaroya Hall
Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

Silkroad Ensemble Concert at Benaroya Hall

  • 200 University Way Northeast Seattle, WA, 98105 United States (map)
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Following an unforgettable performance at Music Beyond Borders, Kinan Azmeh returns to perform the world premiere of his clarinet concerto with the Seattle Symphony. He is joined by the musicians of the Silkroad Ensemble in a concert celebrating the exchange of musical traditions, from Vijay Iyer’s ruminative City of Sand to Edward Perez’s thrilling Latina 6/8 Suite to a world premiere by Chen Yi.

Commissioned by Classical Movements for the Seattle Symphony as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program.

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Silkroad Ensemble Concert at UNC Wilmington
Mar
27
7:30 PM19:30

Silkroad Ensemble Concert at UNC Wilmington

  • 601 South College Road Wilmington, NC, 28403 United States (map)
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The Silkroad Ensemble creates music that engages differences, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the musicians of the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble represent dozens of artistic traditions and countries, from Spain and Japan to Syria and the United States. Off the stage, they lead professional development and musician-training workshops, create residency programs in schools, museums, and communities, and experiment with new media and genres to share Silkroad’s approach to radical cultural collaboration. The Ensemble performs throughout the world, and has recorded six albums. Its Grammy Award-winning album, Sing Me Home, was developed and recorded alongside the 2016 documentary feature about Silkroad, The Music of Strangers.

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Silkroad Ensemble Concert at Wake Forest University
Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

Silkroad Ensemble Concert at Wake Forest University

  • 1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC, 27109 United States (map)
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The Silkroad Ensemble creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the group has been called “vibrant and virtuosic” by the Wall Street Journal, “one of the 21st century’s great ensembles” by the Vancouver Sun, and a “roving musical laboratory without walls” by the Boston Globe.

Silkroad musicians appear in many configurations and settings, from intimate groups of two and three in museum galleries to rousing complements of eighteen in concert halls, public squares, and amphitheaters. Off the stage, they lead professional development and musician training workshops, create residency programs in schools, museums, and communities, and experiment with new media and genres to share Silkroad’s approach to radical cultural collaboration.

Silkroad musicians and composers hail from more than 20 countries, drawing on a rich tapestry of traditions to create a new musical language — a uniquely engaging and accessible encounter between the foreign and the familiar that reflects our many-layered contemporary identities. As the Los Angeles Times has said, Silkroad’s “vision of international cooperation is not what we read in our daily news reports. Theirs is the better world available if we, like these extraordinary musicians, agree to make it one.”

The Silkroad Ensemble has performed in more than 100 cities in over 30 countries and recorded seven albums; its 2016 release, Sing Me Home, won the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. The Music of Strangers, a documentary about the Ensemble directed by the Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and was released worldwide in 2016.

For more information, please visit www.silkroad.org.

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Silkroad Ensemble Concert at University of Georgia
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Silkroad Ensemble Concert at University of Georgia

  • 230 River Road Athens, GA, 30605 United States (map)
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Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Silkroad Ensemble creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. This “vibrant and virtuosic” (Wall Street Journal ) ensemble features musicians and composers from many countries and draws on a rich tapestry of traditions to create a new musical language. The ensemble’s sparkling performances feature a mix of classical music, traditional sounds, and new work by composers from across the globe.

Pre-performance talk in Ramsey Concert Hall by a member of the ensemble at 7:15 p.m. (free admission).

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Silkroad Ensemble Concert at Augusta University
Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

Silkroad Ensemble Concert at Augusta University

  • 2500 Walton Way Augusta, GA, 30904 United States (map)
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Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Silkroad creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. The musicians of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble represent dozens of artistic traditions and countries, from Spain and Japan to Syria and the United States. Silkroad is a “roving musical laboratory without walls.” (Boston Globe) The ensemble mines a vast treasure chest of musical traditions to create something entirely new. The group has been called “vibrant and virtuosic” by the Wall Street Journal. Silkroad last performed on the Lyceum Series in 2008 and we are thrilled to have them back for our 50th Anniversary season. 

“One of the most visionary arts initiatives of our time.”
– WNPR

RESERVED SEATING

Augusta University and East Georgia State College students are admitted free with a valid JagCard, but must order tickets to guarantee seating. Order early for better seating.

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Silkroad Ensmeble Concert at Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Apr
1
7:30 PM19:30

Silkroad Ensmeble Concert at Schermerhorn Symphony Center

  • 1 Symphony Place Nashville, TN, 37201 United States (map)
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Described as a “roving musical laboratory without walls” by the Boston Globe, the Silkroad Ensemble sparks cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. The performing artists in this singular collective hail from more than 20 countries, drawing on a rich tapestry of traditions to create a new musical language — a uniquely engaging and accessible encounter between the foreign and the familiar.

Presented without orchestra - Yo-Yo Ma will not perform with Silkroad Ensemble at this concert

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Organized Rhythm at Müpa Budapest
May
7
7:30 PM19:30

Organized Rhythm at Müpa Budapest

  • Budapest, Komor Marcell utca Budapest, 1095 Hungary (map)
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  • Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Susman: Haskalah
  • Copland: Hoe-Down
  • Cochereau: Boléro sur un thème de Charles Racquet
  • Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animeaux - Introduction; Marche royale du lion; Aquarium; Fossiles
  • Holst: The Planets, op. 32 - Mars, Venus, Jupiter

 

Like some poems, the concert will follow a 'frame narrative'. A very popular works will be performed at the beginning and end of the programme. The first will be the 1942 patriotic wartime piece Fanfare for the Common Man by American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990) - one of the most popular works of the 20th century. The closing piece will be the movements Mars, Venus and Jupiter from the orchestral suite The Planets by English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934). It is worth noting that Pluto, another movement from the concert, was not written by Holst but by Stephen Eddins (1954) at the request of Clive Driskill-Smith and Joseph Gramley, and is therefore a supplemental addition to Holst's suite by the two musicians. Both Copland and Holst's creations were originally orchestral works, or rather Copland's fanfare was originally written for a brass and percussion ensemble, but Saint-Saëns arranged the movements of Le carnaval des animeaux for two pianos and a chamber ensemble.


Clive Driskill-Smith (1978) is an English organist. He studied at Eton College and Winchester College before becoming Sub-Organist at Christ Church in Oxford. He has contributed to concerts and recordings by the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, and has joined them on tours. Organized Rhythm is not the name of today's concert, but rather that of the permanent duo comprised of Clive Driskill-Smith and American percussionist Joseph Gramley, born in 1970. In addition to his participation in Organized Rhythm, Gramley is active as a soloist, teacher and composer, and is a member of the Silk Road Ensemble.

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SILKROAD ENSEMBLE WITH YO-YO MA
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

SILKROAD ENSEMBLE WITH YO-YO MA

  • 16 Arrow Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)
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Inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions along the historical Silk Road, cellist Yo-Yo Ma (’76) established Silkroad in 1998 to create music that engages difference. Silkroad has been affiliated with Harvard University since 2005, with offices on Harvard’s Allston campus since 2010. Through mentorships and workshops, Silkroad acts as a working laboratory at the intersection of the arts and academics, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning among Harvard staff, students, and faculty.

This is Silkroad’s second performance at OBERON.
Learn more at silkroad.org.

Most tickets reserved for Harvard affiliates.  Reserve with Harvard ID in person at the Loeb Drama Center Ticket Services Office, 64 Brattle St, open Tuesday – Sunday noon – 5PM.

Please note this is a general admission house including standing room.  All unclaimed tickets will be released to a wait list at 7:05PM on the night of the performance.

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Silkroad Ensemble at Melbourne International Arts Festival
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Silkroad Ensemble at Melbourne International Arts Festival

To hear Silkroad Ensemble perform live once in a lifetime would be lucky, but to be blessed with two performances is nothing short of miraculous. Appearing for the first time in Australia to perform in dance-opera extravaganza Layla and Manjun, this stellar line-up of international talent will also grace Melbourne with a standalone concert of works showcasing its peerless style.

Just as the ancient silk road network connected continents, Silkroad Ensemble's sonic forays traverse the contemporary musical landscape. Its members hail from more than 20 countries and in the crucible of their meeting is forged a new musical language. Traditional instruments from Armenia, Mongolia or Japan can share the stage with those of the Western classical tradition, reflecting the many-layered fabric of life in the world today.

As opposed to a fixed group, the ensemble is composed of a dynamic array of members from across the globe who come together to present never-to-be-repeated events of enduring appeal. Powerful virtuosity, cultural nuance and a unique melding of compositional styles amount to something more than the sum of its parts. Be compelled.

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Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival
Oct
13
8:00 PM20:00

Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival

Their love is as clear as the desert sky, but for Layla and Majnun destiny is a cruel matchmaker.

Pre-dating Romeo and Juliet by a thousand years, this epic romance forms the basis for a dance and music work that is a sensory feast of swirling movement and eye-popping colour. Over a century ago Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s Layla and Majnun debuted as the Middle East's first opera—now a host of our era's finest artists rework this classic tale for the twenty-first century.

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought the Silkroad Ensemble’s chamber arrangement of the Azerbaijani opera to prodigious choreographer Mark Morris, who draws from ballet, modern and folk dance to create a style of movement unique to this work. The virtuosic performers of the Silkroad Ensemble fuse musical traditions across cultures, centred by mugham singers Alim Qasimov alongside daughter and protégée Fargana Qasimova, whose vocal commands have earned them rockstar status.

Backed by a dazzling design by Howard Hodgkin—one of Britain's greatest contemporary artists—and accented by flowing gowns and tunics in coral and blue, this tragedy of unfulfilled yearning is ultimately elevated into a communal celebration of love's power beyond the temporal plane.

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Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival
Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival

Their love is as clear as the desert sky, but for Layla and Majnun destiny is a cruel matchmaker.

Pre-dating Romeo and Juliet by a thousand years, this epic romance forms the basis for a dance and music work that is a sensory feast of swirling movement and eye-popping colour. Over a century ago Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s Layla and Majnun debuted as the Middle East's first opera—now a host of our era's finest artists rework this classic tale for the twenty-first century.

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought the Silkroad Ensemble’s chamber arrangement of the Azerbaijani opera to prodigious choreographer Mark Morris, who draws from ballet, modern and folk dance to create a style of movement unique to this work. The virtuosic performers of the Silkroad Ensemble fuse musical traditions across cultures, centred by mugham singers Alim Qasimov alongside daughter and protégée Fargana Qasimova, whose vocal commands have earned them rockstar status.

Backed by a dazzling design by Howard Hodgkin—one of Britain's greatest contemporary artists—and accented by flowing gowns and tunics in coral and blue, this tragedy of unfulfilled yearning is ultimately elevated into a communal celebration of love's power beyond the temporal plane.

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Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival

Their love is as clear as the desert sky, but for Layla and Majnun destiny is a cruel matchmaker.

Pre-dating Romeo and Juliet by a thousand years, this epic romance forms the basis for a dance and music work that is a sensory feast of swirling movement and eye-popping colour. Over a century ago Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s Layla and Majnun debuted as the Middle East's first opera—now a host of our era's finest artists rework this classic tale for the twenty-first century.

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought the Silkroad Ensemble’s chamber arrangement of the Azerbaijani opera to prodigious choreographer Mark Morris, who draws from ballet, modern and folk dance to create a style of movement unique to this work. The virtuosic performers of the Silkroad Ensemble fuse musical traditions across cultures, centred by mugham singers Alim Qasimov alongside daughter and protégée Fargana Qasimova, whose vocal commands have earned them rockstar status.

Backed by a dazzling design by Howard Hodgkin—one of Britain's greatest contemporary artists—and accented by flowing gowns and tunics in coral and blue, this tragedy of unfulfilled yearning is ultimately elevated into a communal celebration of love's power beyond the temporal plane.

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Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival
Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival

Their love is as clear as the desert sky, but for Layla and Majnun destiny is a cruel matchmaker.

Pre-dating Romeo and Juliet by a thousand years, this epic romance forms the basis for a dance and music work that is a sensory feast of swirling movement and eye-popping colour. Over a century ago Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s Layla and Majnun debuted as the Middle East's first opera—now a host of our era's finest artists rework this classic tale for the twenty-first century.

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought the Silkroad Ensemble’s chamber arrangement of the Azerbaijani opera to prodigious choreographer Mark Morris, who draws from ballet, modern and folk dance to create a style of movement unique to this work. The virtuosic performers of the Silkroad Ensemble fuse musical traditions across cultures, centred by mugham singers Alim Qasimov alongside daughter and protégée Fargana Qasimova, whose vocal commands have earned them rockstar status.

Backed by a dazzling design by Howard Hodgkin—one of Britain's greatest contemporary artists—and accented by flowing gowns and tunics in coral and blue, this tragedy of unfulfilled yearning is ultimately elevated into a communal celebration of love's power beyond the temporal plane.

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Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival
Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival

Their love is as clear as the desert sky, but for Layla and Majnun destiny is a cruel matchmaker.

Pre-dating Romeo and Juliet by a thousand years, this epic romance forms the basis for a dance and music work that is a sensory feast of swirling movement and eye-popping colour. Over a century ago Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s Layla and Majnun debuted as the Middle East's first opera—now a host of our era's finest artists rework this classic tale for the twenty-first century.

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought the Silkroad Ensemble’s chamber arrangement of the Azerbaijani opera to prodigious choreographer Mark Morris, who draws from ballet, modern and folk dance to create a style of movement unique to this work. The virtuosic performers of the Silkroad Ensemble fuse musical traditions across cultures, centred by mugham singers Alim Qasimov alongside daughter and protégée Fargana Qasimova, whose vocal commands have earned them rockstar status.

Backed by a dazzling design by Howard Hodgkin—one of Britain's greatest contemporary artists—and accented by flowing gowns and tunics in coral and blue, this tragedy of unfulfilled yearning is ultimately elevated into a communal celebration of love's power beyond the temporal plane.

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