The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

Posted: January 15, 2012 by ivanvania in March 2012
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UPDATE: Tickets are sold out

‘We have developed a band of mutual respect, friendship and trust that is palpable every time we’re on stage.’
– Yo-Yo Ma

‘Classical musicmaking rarely achieves this combination of spontaneity and superb craftsmanship.’
– The Washington Post

3 March 2012 (Sat) 8pm
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
$880, 660, 440, 220

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

Details of Performers
The Silk Road Ensemble
The Silk Road Ensemble is a collective of musicians and other performing artists from more than 20 countries around the world. Many of them first came together under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma at a workshop at Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts in 2000. In sharing traditions from various cultures, the Ensemble develops and performs new music and multimedia pieces, exploring and expanding contemporary musical crossroads. The Silk Road Ensemble has performed to critical acclaim throughout Asia, Europe and North America, and has recorded five albums; ‘Off the Map’, its most recent, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2011.

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

Silk Road Suite
Cristina Pato, Wu Tong – Fanfare for Gaita and Suona Duo
Kayhan Kalhor – Mountains Are Far Away
Wu Man – Leaves Flying in Autumn
Traditional – Lullaby from Itsuki Village
Traditional (arr. Wu Tong, Li Cang Sang) – Folk Song from Mido Mountain
Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky – Kasida (World Premiere)
Giovanni Sollima – Taranta Project
Sandeep Das – Shristi
Gabriela Lena Frank – ¡Chayraq!: Rough Guide to a Modern Day Tawantinsuyu
John Zorn (arr. Blumenkranz, Gandelsman, Pato, Shanahan) – Suite from Book of Angels

For more information on the Silk Road Ensemble, please visit
Silk Road Project Ensemble

Why the Silk Road?
This historic trade network provides a namesake-worthy metaphor for the Silk Road Project’s vision of connecting artists and audiences around the world. Yo-Yo Ma has called these routes, which resulted in the first global exchange of scientific and cultural traditions, the ‘Internet of antiquity’. The Silk Road Project takes inspiration from this age-old tradition of cross-cultural exchange.

Yo-Yo Ma
Artistic Director
The many-faceted career cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes over 75 albums, including more than 15 Grammy award winners.

Ma serves as the Artistic Director of the Silk Road Project, an organization he founded to promote the study of cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade routes. Since the Project’s inception, more than 60 works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Institute for Learning, Access and Training. His work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals’ lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities.

Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study cello at the age of four, attended the Juilliard School and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, among them the 2001 National Medal of Arts, the 2006 Sonning Prize, the 2008 World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award, and the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Ma was recently selected as a 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree. Ma serves as a UN Messenger of Peace and as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

Programme Length
Running time of the concert is about 2 hours with an intermission of 20 minutes.

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.

Ticket and Concession
Tickets available from 19 January onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and credit card telephone booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking:
Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009




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