For almost two decades, Boston’s Silkroad initiative has attempted to enact, in music and other art forms, its firm belief that engaging and embracing difference builds a more hopeful world. They have shown that music specifically can spark radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning.
Friday November 16th at 8pm, Grammy Award-winning Silkroad soloists join the Boston Conservatory at Berklee student orchestra in dynamic performance at Symphony Hall. Conducted by Bruce Hangen, the program will feature poetry-inspired contemporary classical works by Tan Dun, Dinuk Wijeratne, and Gabriela Lena Frank among others. The Silkroad soloists include Sandeep Das, tabla; Maeve Gilchrist, Celtic harp; and Kaoru Watanabe, Japanese shinobue flutes / taiko drums.
“It is an honor to bring Silkroad artists Sandeep Das, Maeve Gilchrist, and Kaoru Watanabe to Boston Conservatory at Berklee for this exciting concert,” said Michael Shinn, dean of music for Boston Conservatory – Berklee. “This marks the start of a longer-term collaboration between the Conservatory and Silkroad that will reimagine conservatory music training, both in concert and in the classroom. With this special collaboration, Conservatory students will now have the chance to perform a radically innovative program alongside these cutting-edge performers in one of Boston’s iconic locations for music, Symphony Hall.”
Added Silkroad executive director Eduardo A. Braniff, “In the way, Silkroad has created a new musical idiom over its 18-year history, and we are eager to chart a new approach to conservatory training. In Boston Conservatory at Berklee, we could not have a better partner to do so! We are thrilled to take this first step in our exploration of curiosity, deep listening, and collaboration as values essential to the 21st-century musician.”
Note that Silkroad artists as well as Boston Conservatory Orchestra students are available for interviews both up to and after the performance.
The performance is made possible in part by the generous support of Alex Rigopulos and Sachi Sato, BM Berklee College of Music. All tickets are $15, and are available online at bso.org, by calling the Symphony Hall box office at 888-266-1200, or at bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/silkroad.