Yo-Yo Ma, Silkroad Ensemble

Internationally renowned Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma to Tour in Texas, California and Vancouver, BC, from March 28 through April 10, 2011

Concerts will feature music by some of today’s most innovative composers, including Osvaldo Goljiov and a world premiere from Gabriela Lena Frank

The critically acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma will tour Texas and the West Coast, performing nine concerts between March 28 and April 10, 2011. Recently nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album for its CD Off the Map, the Silk Road Ensemble will perform with Yo-Yo Ma in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Francisco and Davis, California; and Vancouver, British Columbia. [A complete tour schedule follows.]

"Wonderful new pieces have emerged from the commissioning workshops we’ve held in the past few years, and the Silk Road Ensemble and I are delighted to be able to perform several of them in Texas and along the West Coast this spring,” said Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Project founder and artistic director. “Some of this music—such as Osvaldo Golijiov’s ‘Air to Air’ and a brand-new piece by Gabriela Lena Frank—comes from composers we’ve developed deep relationships with. Other pieces on this tour my fellow Ensemble members have brought to the group or created for us as a way to share their own traditions. We can’t wait to engage our audiences in this musical dialogue.”

This tour will present a wide range of music, new and traditional, hailing from Asia to Europe to the Americas, including a world premiere from Berkeley-native composer Gabriela Lena Frank. Written for the Silk Road Ensemble, her multi-movement piece “¡Chayraq!: Rough Guide to a Modern Day Tawantinsuyu” alludes to the music of indigenous festivals, religious ceremonies and harvest fiestas of Latin America.

Another highlight of the tour, Osvaldo Golijov’s “Air to Air” presents a soundscape of Christian-Arab and Muslim-Arab melodies, indigenous Mexican voices in prayer, and 18th-century Sardinian protest song. In addition, Silk Road Ensemble performers have contributed several pieces celebrating the joy of community, such as gaita player Cristina Pato’s new arrangement of two popular muiñeiras, the fast-paced traditional dances of Galicia.

Following this tour, the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma will perform next at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ, on June 4, 2011. For more on future performances visit Hyosung Corp. is Lead Sponsor of the Silk Road Project 2011-2014.

March 28 – April 10, 2010
Texas & West Coast Concert Tour

Austin, TX     
March 28, 8 PM – Bass Concert Hall
Presented by Texas Performing Arts
Dallas, TX     
March 30, 8 PM – Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Presented by the Dallas Symphony
San Antonio, TX     
March 31, 7:30 PM – Majestic Theater
Presented by ARTS San Antonio
Houston, TX    
April 2, 8 PM – Wortham Theater Center
Presented by the Society for the Performing Arts, Houston
Los Angeles, CA    
April 4, 8 PM – Walt Disney Concert Hall
Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Berkeley, CA
April 6, 7 PM – Zellerbach Hall
Presented by Cal Performances
San Francisco, CA    
April 7, 8 PM – Davies Symphony Hall
Presented by San Francisco Performances
Davis, CA
April 8, 8 PM – Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center
Presented by the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Vancouver, BC

April 10, 7:30 PM – Orpheum Theatre
Presented by the Vancouver Recital Society

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

Jeffrey Beecher, contrabass
Mike Block, cello
Shanir Blumenkranz, oud
Nicholas Cords, viola
Jonathan Gandelsman, violin
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Cristina Pato, gaita (Galician bagpipe)
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Mark Suter, percussion
Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi
Wu Man, pipa