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Silkroad Ensemble at Holy Cross

Starting in Fall 2017, the College of the Holy Cross and Silkroad Ensemble entered into an exciting three-year partnership — an exploration of the roles that passion and art can play in learning.

About Silkroad

Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, Silkroad creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driving learning to build a more hopeful world. The musicians of the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble represent dozens of artistic traditions and nationalities, and appear in many configurations and settings. Silkroad musicians are also teachers, producers, and advocates. Creation of music is central to Silkroad's mission. New artistic work is being developed alongside and embedded into learning programs and residencies, creating space for connection, conversation, and understanding in the communities where they work. Over twenty years, Silkroad has commissioned 80 new works by more than 20 composers from 20 countries, performing live around the globe. Learn more » 

Upcoming Events  |  Past Events


 

Silkroad performs in Brooks Concert Hall

On Stage

Hailed as a "roving musical laboratory without walls” (The Boston Globe), the Silkroad Ensemble draws on a rich tapestry of traditions from around the world to create a new musical language, experienced in stellar performances at the College.

Silkroad musician Shane Shanahan leads a drum circle

In the Classroom

As part of each residency, Silkroad designs and offers active, imaginative learning experiences that explore key framing questions and foster practices essential to living in a democratic society: listening, curiosity, and collaboration. A first-year student observes: "The workshop I attended... allowed us to get to know the artists on a more personal level. They talked with us, not at us, and used our own sounds to make music."

Silkroad artists lead a Jam Session with community musicians

In the Community

Whether leading a jam session with Worcester's immigrant and refugee communities or headlining a day of arts immersion for high school students from Worcester Public Schools, Silkroad artists help build bridges in our community and extend the residency's impact beyond campus.

Upcoming Events


Fall 2019 Residency
September 23-30, 2019

Featuring Silkroad artists:
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Maeve Gilchrist, Celtic harp
          Edward Perez, bass

Shane Shanahan, percussion, Lead Teaching Artist, Co-Artistic Director
Preeti Vasudevan, dance
Kaoru Watanabe, Taiko drums and Japanese flutes

See photos from the Fall '19 residency 
 


Community Jam Session with Silkroad Ensemble

September 24, 2019
6:30 pm  |  Worcester PopUp (20 Franklin St., downtown Worcester)

Calling all community musicians with diverse musical and cultural traditions! Join us for a free-flowing evening of music making and cultural exchange with members of Silkroad. We encourage you to bring along a simple tune from your tradition you'd like to share, but you are welcome to just show up with your instrument and join in!

Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, Silkroad creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driving learning to build a more hopeful world. The musicians of the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble represent dozens of artistic traditions and nationalities, and appear in many configurations and settings. 

MUSICIANS: Register here to participate.

FREE | Open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow.


Lunchtime Concert: Silkroad Ensemble

September 27, 2019
12:30 pm  |  Hogan Oval (Rain location: Brooks Concert Hall)

As part of the Festival of the Arts at Holy Cross, a day of arts immersion for high school students from Worcester Public Schools

FREE  |  Open to the public

 

 

 


ANNOUNCING A WORLD PREMIERE

Falling Out of Time, a song cycle by Osvaldo Golijov

October 31, 2019
7:30 pm  |  Brooks Concert Hall

 

 

Three years ago, Osvaldo Golijov sat down on a park bench in Tel Aviv to read David Grossman's Falling Out of Time. Part play, part poem, part fable, the book narrates a journey "out of time" as parents grieve the death of their child, a quest to comprehend a loss with no name.

Osvaldo Golijov's exquisite and nuanced interpretation of the story portrays a musical, mythical walk that traverses vast and varied emotional landscapes to finally arrive at a place where breathing is again possible. Drawing on David's powerful text, Osvaldo has conceived this song cycle for the Silkroad Ensemble, the collective whose delicacy of musical expression he describes as like "a harp of a thousand hairs."

Workshops for Falling Out of Time began in Fall 2017 as part of Silkroad's multi-year residency at Holy Cross. This performance marks the world premiere of Falling Out of Time, which will be followed by a national tour. Learn more 
 

Tickets       $20 general / $10 Holy Cross faculty & staff / $5 students
Purchase here (processing fees apply)

 


Past Events

SPRING 2019 RESIDENCY
January 21-25, 2019

Featuring Silkroad artists:
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet
Shawn Conley, bass
Nicholas Cords, viola and Co-Artistic Director
Nora Fischer, vocals
Jeremy Flower, electronics
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Karen Ouzounian, cello
Shane Shanahan, percussion, Lead Teaching Artist and Co-Artistic Director
Mazz Swift, violin
Wu Man, pipa
Wu Tong, vocals and sheng


An Evening with Silkroad, featuring Golijov's Falling Out of Time

Work-in-Progress
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
7:30 pm  |  Brooks Concert Hall

 

 


 


Jam Session with Silkroad

Thursday, January 24, 2019
6 - 8:30 pm  |  Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin St, Worcester

Calling all community musicians with diverse musical and cultural traditions! Join us for a free-flowing evening of music making and cultural exchange with members of Silkroad. We encourage you to bring along a simple tune from your tradition you'd like to share, but you are also welcome to just show up with your instrument and join in! This is a FREE event, open to the public. 


FALL 2018 RESIDENCY
September 17-20, 2018

Featuring Silkroad artists:
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet
Kevork Mourad, visual art
Danny Mekonnen, saxophone
Hadi Eldebek, oud
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Mazz Swift, violin


An Evening with Silkroad, featuring Home Within

Thursday, September 20, 2018
7:30 pm  |  Seelos Theater

Learn more