Week Seven :: Aug. 4–11

The Arts and Global Understanding: A Week Featuring the Silkroad Ensemble, Culminating with the Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

Art can create a culture; it can cross borders; it can sing of possibility. In this week of performances, lectures and workshops led and influenced by the work of The Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, we focus on the role of art — particularly music — in a culture, with an eye toward cross-cultural collaboration and global understanding. We explore and celebrate cultures different than our own; we examine critically the path of good intentions leading from cultural tourism to cultural appropriation; and we look for ways that earnest understanding and a shared loved of our art and each other can perhaps change the world. The Silkroad Ensemble opens the week’s lecture platform exploring the notions of home through distinct traditions and personal stories, and continues its Chautauqua residency with master classes and performances. The week culminates with a morning presentation and evening performance by renowned cellist and Silkroad Ensemble founder Yo-Yo Ma.

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10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.


  • Monday, August 06, 2018 | 10:45am

    Members of the Silkroad Ensemble

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    Established in 1998 by Yo-Yo Ma, Silkroad is a collective of artists from around the world who create music that engages their many traditions. In addition to performances from Suntory Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, Silkroad collaborates with museums and universities to develop training programs for teachers, musicians, and learners of all ages.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, August 07, 2018 | 10:45am

    Barbara Stephenson

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    President, American Foreign Service Association

    An active-duty member of the American Foreign Service for more than 30 years, Barbara Stephenson was elected President of the American Foreign Service Association in 2015.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, August 08, 2018 | 10:45am

    Tayo Rockson

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    Cultural translator; CEO, UYD Management

    Tayo Rockson is CEO of UYD Management — a strategic leadership and consulting firm that helps corporations improve their bottom line by incorporating diversity, inclusion, hiring, retention and social justice strategies.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, August 09, 2018 | 10:45am

    Andrew Russeth

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    Andrew Russeth, executive editor, ARTnews

    Andrew Russeth, an art critic based in New York, is executive editor of ARTnews. From 2011 to 2014, he edited The New York Observer's GalleristNY, a website that he co-founded about the New York art world.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, August 10, 2018 | 10:45am

    Yo-Yo Ma

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    World-renowned classical cellist

    World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding.

    Location: Amphitheater