Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

The Music of Strangers:
Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble

7:00 pm Monday, November 4, 2019

HUB-Robeson Center’s Freeman Auditorium

Free and open to the public

The Music of Strangers, the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically-hailed Best of Enemies, follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the Silkroad Ensemble’s more than fifty instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists, and storytellers. The artists gather in locations across the world to explore the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. Blending performance footage, personal interviews, and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the journeys of a small group of ensemble mainstays to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent, and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.

After the documentary screening, selected Silkroad musicians will engage in a question-and-answer session with audience members.