Heroes Take Their Stands
Jeffrey Beecher, Nicholas Cords, and Shane Shanahan, Co-Artistic Directors
Conceived by Persian Musician Kayhan Kalhor and
Folklorist Ahmad Sadri
The “United Nations” of music, Silkroad Ensemble celebrates its 20th anniversary with an entirely new concert, conceived by Persian musician Kayhan Kalhor. Known for traditional instruments from dozens of global cultures, Silkroad’s newest collaboration steps into modern history with a composition by jazz pianist Jason Moran dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Since 1998, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Silkroad Ensemble have undertaken a radical experiment in the face of globalization, elevating music alongside commerce as the bridge between peoples. In 2017, they collaborated with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and created the original soundtrack for the 18-hour series for PBS, The Vietnam War.
Pauchi Sasaki: Elektra
Colin Jacobsen: Arjuna at Kuru: Discourse with Lord Krishna
Jason Moran: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kayhan Kalhor: Siavosh in Touran: Farewell to his Wife and Horse
Zhao Lin: Dou E at Chuzhou