The Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

Friday, August 10, 2018

Location Amphitheater

$65–$105, Preferred seating available, gate pass or event ticket required

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For this evening’s concert, which marks the culmination of Silkroad’s week at Chautauqua, the Silkroad Ensemble includes its founder, cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Mr. Ma conceived Silkroad in 1998 as a reminder that even as rapid globalization resulted in division, it brought extraordinary possibilities for working together. Seeking to understand this dynamic, he began to learn about the historical Silk Road, recognizing in it a model for productive cultural collaboration, for the exchange of ideas and tradition alongside commerce and innovation. And in a radical experiment, he brought together musicians from the lands of the Silk Road to co-create a new artistic idiom, a musical language founded in difference, a metaphor for the benefits of a more connected world. 

Today, these Grammy Award-winning artists seek and practice radical cultural collaboration in many forms, creating and presenting new music, teacher and musician training workshops, and residency programs in schools, museums, and communities. 

Silkroad has recorded seven albums. Sing Me Home, which won the 2016 Grammy for Best World Music Album was developed and recorded alongside the documentary feature The Music of Strangers, from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville. 

Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture’s social impact, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Mr. Ma strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity. With partners from around the world and across disciplines, Mr. Ma creates programs that stretch the boundaries of genre and tradition to explore music-making as a means not only to share and express meaning, but also as a model for the cultural collaboration he considers essential to a strong society and that is at the core of Silkroad’s work.


Mike Block, cello
Jeff Beecher, bass
Sandeep Das, tabla
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Shaw Pong Liu, violin, erhu
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Martine Thomas, viola
Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi