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A Musical Journey Along the Silk Road


Originally aired on November 13, 2008.

Maureen Cavanaugh : You could say the silk road was the first step in creating a global economy. Nearly 2,000 years ago, it was founded as a trade route leading from China to India and Persia, then eventually to the old Roman Empire. And yes, silk was one of the valued items that traveled that route.

A Musical Journey Along the Silk Road

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A Musical Journey Along the Silk Road

Music also traveled the silk road. Last fall, Tom Fudge talked with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra's artistic director and conductor, Jung-ho Pak, about their special Asian Silk Road concert that was held in November. Two musicians also performed for us during that interview using two exotic instruments. The world-class musicians were Min Xiao-Fen, a who played the pipa, or Chinese guitar, and Masayo Ishigure, who played the Japanese koto.


  • Jung-Ho Pak , artistic director and conductor of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra.
  • Min Xiao-Fen , pipa player and vocalist.
  • Masayo Ishigure , koto player.

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