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Silkroad Ensemble: Heroes Take Their Stands

Sunday, May 5, 2019 4:00 PM

The Human Journey

Heroes Take Their Stands is an evening-length, multimedia work in five parts—a cycle of stories that spans time, space, and human experience.

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Heroes Take Their Stands is an evening-length, multimedia work in five parts—a cycle of stories that spans time, space, and human experience. The new pieces have been created for the Silkroad Ensemble by composers and collaborators, including Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran and Lucy Raven (Moderato 400, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Holt Street Baptist Church, 1955), Pauchi Sasaki and Nomi Sasaki (Elektra, The Oresteia, 5th century BCE), Colin Jacobsen and Aparna Ramaswamy (Arjuna’s Revelation, The Bhagavad Gita, 2nd century BCE), Kayhan Kalhor and Hamid Rahmanian (The Prince of Sorrows, The stand of Siavosh from The Shahnameh, 10th century), and Kaoru Watanabe and Wu Man (June Snow, The stand of Dou E, 13th century). The Kennedy Center is a co-commissioner of Silkroad’s Heroes Take Their Stands.

This event is part of The Human Journey,collaboration between the Kennedy Center, National Geographic Society, and the National Gallery of Art. The Human Journey invites audiences to investigate the powerful experiences of migration, exploration, identity, and resilience through the lenses of the performing arts, science, and visual art.