Silk Road Ensemble

The New York Philharmonic

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Traversing Time and Trade: Fifteen Years of the Silkroad

Location

David Rubenstein Atrium

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Date & Times

18

Feb, 2015

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Meet members of the Silk Road Ensemble and the music traditions from across the globe and ages that inspire them. What can we learn from cultures far removed from our own and what does it sound like when the Philharmonic collaborates with them?

FREE
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Subscribers, Friends at the Affiliate level and above, and Patrons may secure guaranteed admission by emailing AdultEd@nyphil.org.

Insights at the Atrium are co-presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Artists

Members of the Silk Road Ensemble

Members of the Silk Road Ensemble

The Silk Road Ensemble draws together distinguished performers and composers from more than twenty countries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Since the ensemble formed under the artistic direction of cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2000, the group’s innovative artists have eagerly explored contemporary musical crossroads. Its approach is experimental and democratic, founded on collaboration and risk-taking, on continual learning and sharing among a kaleidoscope of cultures and art forms. Members explore one another’s traditions, celebrating the multiplicity of approaches to music from around the world. They also develop new repertoire that responds to the multicultural reality of global society.

The Silk Road Ensemble has performed throughout Asia, Europe, and North America and has recorded five albums. Off the Map was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2011. The Silk Road Project’s fifteen-year mission to promote innovation and cross-cultural understanding through the arts is showcased in a new CD, A Playlist Without Borders, and DVD, The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma: Live From Tanglewood, released in September 2013 by Sony Masterworks.

The Silk Road Project is a nonprofit arts and educational organization with a vision of connecting the world’s neighborhoods by bringing together artists and audiences around the globe. Founded by Yo-Yo Ma in 1998 to promote innovation and learning through the arts, the Silk Road Project takes inspiration from the historic Silk Road trading routes as a modern metaphor for multicultural and interdisciplinary exchange.

Under the artistic direction of Mr. Ma and the leadership of CEO and Executive Director Laura Freid, the Project presents performances by the Silk Road Ensemble, engages in cross-cultural exchanges and residencies, leads workshops for students, and partners with cultural institutions to create educational materials and programs. It has been involved in commissioning and performing more than 60 new musical and multimedia works from international composers and arrangers. 

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Nicholas Cords

Viola

Nicholas Cords

Viola

Viola

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Cristina Pato

Gaita

Cristina Pato

Gaita

Gaita

Galician bagpipes master, classical pianist, and educator Cristina Pato enjoys an active professional career devoted to cultural exchange and creating new paths for her unusual instrument. Ms. Pato is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and serves as educational advisor for Silkroad. An active recording artist and performer since she was 12, Ms. Pato has released and produced six solo Galician bagpipes recordings and two as a pianist. She has also collaborated as a guest artist on more than 40 recordings. Ms. Pato holds a doctorate of musical arts in collaborative piano from Rutgers University; degrees in piano, music theory, and chamber music from the Conservatorio de Musica del Liceu; and a master’s in computer music from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Ms. Pato has served as artist-in-residence for a number of American universities, including Harvard and University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the founder of a multidisciplinary festival in Galicia and writes a bimonthly column for the Spanish newspaper El Correo Gallego.

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Elliott Forrest

Moderator

Elliott Forrest

Moderator

Moderator

Peabody Award–winning broadcaster, producer, and director Elliott Forrest has been on the radio in New York City for 30 years. He is the host of afternoon drive on 105.9 FM WQXR, New York City’s classical radio station, and is also heard on WNYC. Mr. Forrest is the director of the upcoming PBS television special and live tour Considering Matthew Shepherd by Craig Hella Johnson. He is the executive and artistic director of ArtsRock in Rockland County, New York, which presents concerts, conversations, and family programming. He regularly produces and designs large-scale symphony concerts including with New York Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Pasadena Pops, and the Little Orchestra Society in venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Philadelphia’s Mann Center, and Lincoln Center and has hosted more the 60 concerts at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Forrest directed the annual radio drama of A Christmas Carol for New York Public Radio; past cast members include Kathleen Turner, F. Murray Abraham, Mark Linn-Baker, David Hyde Pierce, and Tony Roberts. Mr. Forrest hosts staged events and conversations around New York City and in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, with interviewees including Alec Baldwin, Harvey Fierstein, Elisabeth Moss, Stephen Sondheim, Mike Nichols, Wynton Marsalis, Sting, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Patrick Stewart. Elliott Forrest is the host of the international radio concerts of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; has been a “voice” of CNN and Live From Lincoln Center; and regularly hosts shows on PBS. For 12 years he was the host of the A&E television network’s Breakfast with the Arts and Biography. As a teenager, he appeared on the original The Gong Show on NBC. Elliott Forrest earned his bachelor of arts in theater from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a board member of the New York Youth Symphony.

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