Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Ware Lecture on Peacemaking

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Hosted annually by the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, the Judy S. '68 and Paul W. Ware Lecture on Peacemaking is the Center's signature event. The lecture is made possible by a generous grant from Judy S. '68 and Paul W. Ware of Lancaster, Pa. The Ware Lecture has brought Nobel Peace Prize recipients, influential journalists, and political leaders from around the world to Elizabethtown.

The Ware Lecture is open to the public. Tickets are free, but must be reserved by calling 717-361-4757 or emailing lecturetickets@etown.edu.

Silkroad Artists and Lecturers
Jeffrey Beecher, bass and Co-Artistic Director
Eduardo A. Braniff, Executive Director
Sandeep Das, tabla
Ophelia Dahl, Board of Directors
Maeve Gilchrist, Celtic harp
Shane Shanahan, percussion and Co-Artistic Director
Kaoru Watanabe, Japanese shinobue flutes and taiko drums

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Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Concert at Shenandoah Conservatory

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The Silkroad Ensemble
Shawn Conley, bass  
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  

Aaron Copp, pre-production
Matthew Hart, production assistant
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Sebastian Schinkel, sound engineer

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Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Concert at Johns Hopkins University

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The Silkroad Ensemble
Shawn Conley, bass  
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  

Stephanie Celustka, sound assistant
Aaron Copp, pre-production
Matthew Hart, production assistant
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Sebastian Schinkel, sound engineer

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Apr
2
7:30 PM19:30

Concert at Western Kentucky University

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The Silkroad Ensemble
Shawn Conley, bass  
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  

Stephanie Celustka, sound assistant
Aaron Copp, pre-production
Matthew Hart, production assistant
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Sebastian Schinkel, sound engineer

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Apr
1
7:30 PM19:30

Concert at Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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The Silkroad Ensemble
Shawn Conley, bass  
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  

Stephanie Celustka, sound assistant
Aaron Copp, pre-production
Matthew Hart, production assistant
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Sebastian Schinkel, sound engineer

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Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

Concert at Augusta University

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The Silkroad Ensemble
Shawn Conley, bass  
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  

Stephanie Celustka, sound assistant
Aaron Copp, pre-production
Matthew Hart, production assistant
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Sebastian Schinkel, sound engineer

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Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Concert at University of Georgia

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The Silkroad Ensemble
Shawn Conley, bass  
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  

Stephanie Celustka, sound assistant
Aaron Copp, pre-production
Matthew Hart, production assistant
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Sebastian Schinkel, sound engineer

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Mar
28
7:30 AM07:30

Concert at Wake Forest University

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The Silkroad Ensemble
Shawn Conley, bass  
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  

Stephanie Celustka, sound assistant
Aaron Copp, pre-production
Matthew Hart, production assistant
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Sebastian Schinkel, sound engineer

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Mar
27
7:30 PM19:30

Concert at UNC Wilmington

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The Silkroad Ensemble
Shawn Conley, bass  
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  

Stephanie Celustka, sound assistant
Aaron Copp, pre-production
Matthew Hart, production assistant
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Sebastian Schinkel, sound engineer

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Mar
18
to Mar 22

Residency in Reggio Emilia, Italy

The goal of Silkroad’s Reggio Emilia residency is to foster a dynamic of curiosity and inclusivity within the city. The partnership will unite long-time residents, migrants, refugees, and children in a collaborative artistic project shaped by the participants and designed to foster curiosity, listening, and new notions of community and citizenship.

Silkroad Team
Jeffrey Beecher, bass, Co-Artistic Director
Shaw Pong Liu, violin, erhu
Steve Seidel, Director of the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Eduction
Lori Taylor, Acting Deputy Director & Director of Learning

Partners
Reggio Emilia City
Reggio Emilia Foundation
The Balducci School
The Peri Conservatory (Corpus Sonantii)
Mondieseme
Arte Migrante



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Mar
17
4:00 PM16:00

WOMAD New Zealand

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The Silkroad Ensemble
Jeffrey Beecher, bass  
Mike Block, cello
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Mario Gotoh, viola
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Mark Suter, percussion
Wu Tong, sheng, bawu, vocals, suona

Aaron Copp, pre-production
Jody Elff, sound designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Elijah Walker, monitor engineer

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Mar
16
4:00 PM16:00

WOMAD New Zealand

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The Silkroad Ensemble
Jeffrey Beecher, bass  
Mike Block, cello
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Mario Gotoh, viola
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Mark Suter, percussion
Wu Tong, sheng, bawu, vocals, suona

Aaron Copp, pre-production
Jody Elff, sound designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Elijah Walker, monitor engineer

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Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

Concert at Auckland Arts Festival

The Silkroad Ensemble
Jeffrey Beecher, bass  
Mike Block, cello
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Mario Gotoh, viola
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Mark Suter, percussion
Wu Tong, sheng, bawu, vocals, suona

Aaron Copp, pre-production
Jody Elff, sound designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Elijah Walker, monitor engineer

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Mar
11
8:00 PM20:00

Concert at WOMADelaide

The Silkroad Ensemble
Jeffrey Beecher, bass  
Mike Block, cello
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Mario Gotoh, viola
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Mark Suter, percussion
Wu Tong, sheng, bawu, vocals, suona

Aaron Copp, pre-production
Jody Elff, sound designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Elijah Walker, monitor engineer

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Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Concert at WOMADelaide

The Silkroad Ensemble
Jeffrey Beecher, bass  
Mike Block, cello
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Mario Gotoh, viola
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Mark Suter, percussion
Wu Tong, sheng, bawu, vocals, suona

Aaron Copp, pre-production
Jody Elff, sound designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Elijah Walker, monitor engineer

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Mar
9
9:00 PM21:00

Concert at Sydney Opera House

The Silkroad Ensemble
Jeffrey Beecher, bass  
Mike Block, cello
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Mario Gotoh, viola
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Mark Suter, percussion
Wu Tong, sheng, bawu, vocals, suona

Aaron Copp, pre-production
Jody Elff, sound designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Elijah Walker, monitor engineer

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Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Concert at Queensland Performing Arts Centre

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The Silkroad Ensemble
Jeffrey Beecher, bass  
Mike Block, cello
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Mario Gotoh, viola
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Mark Suter, percussion
Wu Tong, sheng, bawu, vocals, suona

Aaron Copp, pre-production
Jody Elff, sound designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Elijah Walker, monitor engineer

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Concert at Perth Festival
Mar
3
7:30 PM19:30

Concert at Perth Festival

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The Silkroad Ensemble
Jeffrey Beecher, bass  
Mike Block, cello
Sandeep Das, tabla
Nora Fischer, vocals
Mario Gotoh, viola
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano  
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Mark Suter, percussion
Wu Tong, sheng, bawu, vocals, suona

Aaron Copp, pre-production
Jody Elff, sound designer
Ashley Martin, stage manager
Elijah Walker, monitor engineer


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Nov
13
to Nov 17

Layla and Majnun

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Mark Morris’ lyrical choreography, the emotive voices of Azerbaijan’s Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, the vibrant musicality of the Silk Road Ensemble, and the striking visual palette of British painter Howard Hodgkin combine in this elegant performance. The timeless story of the tragic love between Layla and Majnun, most notably expressed by the great Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi, also was the foundation for the first opera of the Muslim world. Hajibeyli’s powerful music — at once profoundly sorrowful and ecstatic — honors the tale’s commitment to love, acceptance, devotion, and peace.

Direction and Choreography: Mark Morris
Scenic and Costume Design: Howard Hodgkin
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Music: Uzeyir Hajibeyli, (1885–1948), arranged by Alim Qasimov, Johnny Gandelsman, Colin Jacobsen
Alim Qasimov, mugham vocals (Majnun)
Fargana Qasimova, mugham vocals (Layla)

Performances 
Tuesday, November 13, 7:30PM
Wednesday, November 14, 7:30PM + pre-show talk at 6:30PM
Thursday, November 15, 7:30PM
Friday, November 16, 7:30PM
Saturday, November 17, 2:00PM, 7:30PM

 

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