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Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble to talk to students


March 14, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger       
Yo-Yo Ma The Silk Road Ensemble, featuring renowned cellist Yo-Yo
Ma, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 in
Newlin Hall.

Silk Road Ensemble Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble will also
give a lecture and demonstration for area high school
students at Danville High School.

The world-renowned Silk Road Ensemble, featuring famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 in Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts.

Yo-Yo Ma, who has performed at the Norton Center numerous times in past years, formed the Silk Road Ensemble in 2000. The group was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2011 for “Off the Map,” their most recent recording. Bringing together musicians from more than 20 countries, Yo-Yo Ma and the ensemble explore and are inspired by the historic Silk Road trading route, connecting the Pacific Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, resulting in a fascinating musical experience.

“The Silk Road Ensemble is the brainchild of Yo-Yo Ma, so this is truly a unique occasion for our community,” says Steve Hoffman, executive director of the Norton Center for the Arts.

The Norton Center has arranged for Yo-Yo Ma and other members of the Silk Road Ensemble to give a special lecture and demonstration, “Music Along the Silk Road,” to local high school students from Central Kentucky in Gravely Hall at Danville High School.

“This is a great opportunity for area high school students to learn about the Silk Road trade route between Asia and Europe,” Hoffman says. “This workshop is important to Centre College and the Norton Center since it allows our area’s youth an opportunity to learn more about world history from master performers of our generation. It will be evident throughout the activity that this is connected to Centre College and would not be available without these established community relationships.”

In the lecture, the musicians will introduce students to instruments historically played in the Silk Road region—which the ensemble still uses today—and will give students insight into international cultural traditions.

“Centre once again goes above and beyond by providing the highest quality artists and provides rationale and context for the entire community to embrace,” Hoffman says.

For more information on the lecture at Danville High School, contact Brittany Duvall at (859) 238-5759. For press and media inquiries about the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma, contact Mandy Prather at (859) 238-5421. For more information and to purchase tickets to the evening performance, visit NortonCenter.com.



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