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Silk Road Ensemble

Winners of a 2017 Grammy Award, the Silk Road Ensemble has been called “vibrant and virtuosic” by the Wall Street Journal, “one of the 21st century’s great ensembles” by the Vancouver Sun, and “a roving musical laboratory without walls” by the Boston Globe. For the Freer|Sackler’s reopening celebration, this adventuresome ensemble will perform on Chinese winds and erhu (fiddle), Japanese percussion, jazz drums, violin, viola, and double bass, incorporating musical traditions from across

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October 14, 2017 7:00pm to October 15, 2017 5:00pm
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Winners of a 2017 Grammy Award, the Silk Road Ensemble has been called “vibrant and virtuosic” by the Wall Street Journal, “one of the 21st century’s great ensembles” by the Vancouver Sun, and “a roving musical laboratory without walls” by the Boston Globe. For the Freer|Sackler’s reopening celebration, this adventuresome ensemble will perform on Chinese winds and erhu (fiddle), Japanese percussion, jazz drums, violin, viola, and double bass, incorporating musical traditions from across Asia and the Middle East.

Wu Tong is an electrifying virtuoso on Chinese flutes and sheng (mouth organ) who has appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and premiered Zhao Lin’s double concerto written for him and Yo-Yo Ma. Violist Nicholas Cords is a founding member of both the Silk Road Ensemble and the pathbreaking group Brooklyn Rider. Violinist and erhu (Chinese fiddle) artist Shaw Pong Liu teaches at the New England Conservatory and is a founding member of Play for Justice, a group of Boston artists supporting social reforms.

Bassist Jeffrey Beecher is a veteran of the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival who has performed at Bargemusic, Weill Recital Hall, and 92Y. Percussionist Haruka Fujii has appeared as a soloist with the orchestras of Munich, Sydney, and Lyon, and Japan’s NHK. Percussionist Shane Shanahan has a background in jazz, rock, and classical music. He has accompanied musical artists Bobby McFerrin, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass, and Alison Krauss, among many others.

Events

October 4, 2017 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by Lenora Chu, whose new book explores what takes place behind closed classroom doors in China's education system. Chu’s eye-opening investigation challenges assumptions and considers the true value and purpose of education.

October 5, 2017 - 6:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and USC Shoah Foundation present a screening of the film Above the Drowning Sea, the story of the dramatic escape of European Jews from Nazi-controlled Europe to Shanghai on the eve of World War Two. Followed by a panel conversation.