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The Silk Road Ensemble With Yo-Yo Ma: Live From Tanglewood

Airs Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Members of The Silk Road Ensemble performing at Tanglewood.

Embark on a dynamic musical journey in this inspiring documentary that provides a front-row seat to a milestone performance by the Silk Road Ensemble and dives into the rich history of this “mobile musical think tank” formed by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Courtesy of Magdalena Lepka

Members of the Silk Road Ensemble performing at Tanglewood.

Courtesy of Magdalena Lepka

Silk Road Ensemble founder and renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma.

The eclectic group unites distinguished musicians, composers and performing artists from more than 20 countries to celebrate, explore and experiment with the wide variety of cultural approaches to musical performances.

The group recently celebrated 15 years together with a summer concert at Tanglewood, an important classical music site in western Massachusetts. This intimate documentary features performances from that concert, background interviews, behind-the-scenes excerpts and magical offstage moments.

“The Silk Road Ensemble helps us to answer the question ‘Who are we and how do we fit in the world?’” says artistic director and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. “We came from hometowns around the globe, and what we found is that while we didn’t necessarily have histories in common, we did share a language of music and of culture. Our sense of coming together across time and geography is apparent on stage.”

A production of BFMI and Sony Classical in association with Tremolo Productions. © 2012 BFMI/Sony Music Entertainment. Presented by WGBH

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The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma Preview

Above: Formed under the artistic direction of cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2000, the Silk Road Ensemble gathers distinguished performers and composers from more than 20 countries to explore contemporary multicultural musical crossroads. "The Silk Road Ensemble With Yo-Yo Ma: Live From Tanglewood" captures the celebration of the group's 15 years together.

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Muiñeiras from Cancionero

Above: The Silk Road Ensemble performs "Muiñeiras from Cancionero" from the Silk Road Suite at the group's fifteen year celebration at Tanglewood.

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Taranta Project: The Silk Road Ensemble

Above: The Silk Road Ensemble performs "Taranta Project" by Giovanni Sollima at the Silk Road Ensemble's fifteen year celebration at Tanglewood.

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Shristi: The Silk Road Ensemble

Above: The Silk Road Ensemble performs "Shristi" by Sandeep Das at the Silk Road Ensemble's fifteen year celebration at Tanglewood.

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