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Silkroad Ensemble Plays Mini-Residency at DU

Collaboration between Newman Center and Korbel School promotes cultural diplomacy

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Silkroad Ensemble

Last week, the Newman Center for the Performing Arts presented cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s all-star world music ensemble, the Silkroad Ensemble. The mini-residency included a performance Feb. 1 as part of the Newman Center Presents series, as well as a Jan. 30 panel discussion with faculty from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies on the topic of cultural diplomacy.

Acting Dean Pardis Mahdavi and Cullen Hendrix, associate professor, engaged the musicians on cultural diplomacy from both an artistic and academic perspective. Nearly 150 people attended, including Korbel students, faculty, and staff and Newman Center subscribers, donors and community members. The Silkroad Ensemble also hosted students, faculty and community members at an interactive open rehearsal before their Feb. 1 performance.

Acting Dean Pardis Mahdavi and Professor Cullen Hendrix
Acting Dean Pardis Mahdavi and Professor Cullen Hendrix speak at the panel on cultural diplomacy with Silkroad musicians

 

Newman Center Executive Director Kendra Whitlock Ingram with members of the Silkroad Ensemble, Pardis Mahdavi and Cullen Hendrix
Newman Center Executive Director Kendra Whitlock Ingram with members of the Silkroad Ensemble, Pardis Mahdavi and Cullen Hendrix