Sideline: For New Yorkers A Treat, as the Silk Roads Ensemble Arrives in the Big Apple for Three Performances in June

Free Concert on June 9th at Damrosch Park, with Live Broadcast on PBS

Damrosch Park, Venue of Free Outdoor Concert on June 9, 2009

Damrosch Park, Venue of Free Outdoor Concert on June 9, 2009

As part of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ 50th anniversary season, the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma will perform three different programs on three nights in early June. These concerts showcase music from Silk Road countries as well as works written specifically for the unique combinations of instruments in the Silk Road Ensemble.

On June 5, The Taranta Project by Sicilian composer and cellist Giovanni Sollima will have its world premiere. Commissioned by the Silk Road Project, this piece uniting Western classical, jazz, rock and Mediterranean influences was one of several works in progress previewed in 2008 during a new music workshop at Tanglewood Music Center. The June 5 program also includes music of the Roma and works from Iran, Uzbekistan and Hong Kong.

The following evening, the Ensemble’s interpretation of the Azerbaijani opera Layla and Majnun makes its debut in New York. The piece, which toured to critical acclaim during a North American tour in March, will be performed along with works by Gabriela Lena Frank and Evan Ziporyn.

The final concert on June 9 is free and will take place outdoors at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. This 90-minute performance features music from China, Lebanon, India, Azerbijan, Iran and Argentina. For those of you unable to attend in New York, this concert will be broadcast on PBS stations across the United States on Live From Lincoln Center.


Please see details of the June 9, 2009 (8 p.m) performance at Live From Lincoln Center broadcast  

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