Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:30PM
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7:30PM
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 2PM
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle St Cambridge
Silkroad Ensemble presents Phoenix Rising, a musical performance with more than twenty-five Silkroad artists alongside Artistic Director and Grammy Award-winning musician and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens. Silkroad aims to offer Phoenix Rising as a collective grieving song and a clarion call, uniting audiences through varied cultural experiences, aiming to create a more peaceful and just world as we emerge from a long and stunning upheaval.
With this program, Rhiannon Giddens aims to shine light on previously under-recognized voices, genres, and musical traditions. Her performance with the Silkroad Ensemble in Phoenix Rising is her first since beginning her tenure as Artistic Director of the organization, which was founded by cellist and humanitarian Yo-Yo Ma in 1998.
Giddens and Silkroad aim to coalesce her unique worldview with the Ensemble’s collective experience during the pandemic to put together a program that aims to feature a cross-section of Silkroad’s award-winning compositions and arrangements; four major new commissions by Silkroad artists Shawn Conley, Sandeep Das, Maeve Gilchrist, and Kaoru Watanabe; and new arrangements by Giddens, Colin Jacobsen, Edward Pérez, and Mazz Swift.