Tuesday Musical will pres-
ent Yo-Yo Ma's acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble on March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron.
This tour features musicians from India, Japan, Israel, Spain, Iran, Switzerland, the U.S. and China, including Kayhan Kalhor, master of the kamancheh; Cristina Pato, a virtuoso on the gaita and pianist"; and Sandeep Das, considered one of the leading tabla players today.
The program will feature music inspired by the traditions of Persia and Japan and composed by performing members Colin Jacobsen (violin) and Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi). Ensemble members have also arranged a suite of short pieces by American composer John Zorn, interpreting an experiment in Jewish musical styles from a variety of cultural perspectives.
Another highlight will be "Playlist for an Extreme Occasion" by jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer. Honoring the qualities of both live and recorded music, this jazz-infused piece offers many opportunities for improvisation for Western strings, percussion, tabla, sheng, and gaita.
The international Silk Road Ensemble has met with critical acclaim for its cross-cultural music making and high-energy performances.
The many-faceted career of 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.
There will be a 30-minute pre-concert talk at E.J. Thomas Hall, beginning at 6:30 p.m. by Dr. Brooks Tolliver from The University of Akron. Tolliver has great insight into the Silk Road Project, the music and instrumentation and will share his wealth of knowledge with all in attendance. These pre-concert talks are free and open to any ticket holder.
Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road musicians also will conduct outreach at E.J. Thomas Hall on March 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. This outreach is open to middle and high school students and must be coordinated through the Tuesday Musical office. Call 330-761-3460 for details.
Tickets are $55 and $65. Call 330-972-7570 for reservations and information.
Students can attend any Tuesday Musical concert at no cost, subject to availability. Students can obtain a ticket voucher from their teacher or they can pick one up at the student ticket table in the ticket office lobby of E.J. Thomas Hall on the evening of a concert. The voucher is redeemable for a concert ticket at the student ticket table.
Tuesday Musical will also cover the cost of bus transportation for schools bringing more than 20 students to any concert or education outreach opportunity it offers. This must be coordinated through the Tuesday Musical office; call 330-761-3460.