The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

Times:

  • 7:00 pm
  • Friday, November 11, 2016

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

From Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville, “The Music of Strangers” follows the vibrant journey of Chinese American cello prodigy Yo-Yo Ma as he travels the world to assemble and perform with the Silk Road Ensemble, an ever-changing collective of dozens of performers that features the masters of indigenous instruments and musical folkways in their home countries. Collaborating to celebrate the universal power of music for more than 15 years, Yo-Yo Ma and the titular ensemble tour the globe as an ongoing multicultural artistic exchange, sharing the ideas of instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists, and storytellers. Named after the historic trade route that linked Asia, Africa, and Europe, the Silk Road Ensemble project grows to epitomize the way music can transcend the boundaries of geography, culture, and time to ultimately preserve, unite, and shape our world. Filmed in China, Turkey, and the U.S.

Join us after the screening for our opening night champagne reception with food from Casa de Tamales and Between the Sheets Baklava. 

Director: Morgan Neville
USA (2015) • 136 minutes • PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Distributor: The Orchard
Screening Sponsor: Fresno Philharmonic

Reviews

"And yet, it is music making that is the salvation of many of these performers ... that same expression of spiritual liberation can be seen on the faces of just about all musical artists, of whatever discipline, in their moments of highest transport." — Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"If the screen went dark during ‘The Music of Strangers,’ that would be a disappointment. But if the sound failed, that would be a tragedy. While this documentary is lovely to watch, it’s even more beautiful to hear." — Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times
"And yet, it is music making that is the salvation of many of these performers ... that same expression of spiritual liberation can be seen on the faces of just about all musical artists, of whatever discipline, in their moments of highest transport." — Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"If the screen went dark during ‘The Music of Strangers,’ that would be a disappointment. But if the sound failed, that would be a tragedy. While this documentary is lovely to watch, it’s even more beautiful to hear." — Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.