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New Music
Silkroad Ensemble
Heroes Take Their Stands
A Cal Performances Co-commission

With the bold new project Heroes Take Their Stands, the Grammy-winning Silkroad Ensemble engages with the social and political turmoil of our time, asking us: What does it mean to take a stand in a moment of moral uncertainty? What does an everyday hero look like? And how can an ordinary person make a difference? The program tells the stories of five heroic figures from diverse cultures—from the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Elektra from Greek mythology, to Arjuna from Hindu epic poetry—through five new works commissioned from members and friends of the ensemble, each composer working with artists in other media. Collaborating partners include Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy (working with Colin Jacobsen) and puppeteer/filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian (working with Kayhan Kalhor).

Arjuna at Kuru:
Discourse with Lord Krishna
Martin Luther King, Jr. (working title)
Siavosh in Touran:
Farewell to his Wife and Horse
Dou E at Chuzhou


Related Events

Fri, May 3, 2019
The Tang Institute for Silk Road Studies presents a conference to include a session on the Silkroad ensemble's performance of Heroes Take Their Stands. Details will be announced at a later date.

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Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.