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The End of the Silk Road

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After bringing a year’s worth of arts and music to Chicago, the Silk Road project ends Tuesday with a special concert downtown. Chicago Public Radio’s Mike Rhee reports.


“I’m Millennium Park, standing in the Pritzker Pavilion right now, surrounded by hundreds of Chicago Public schoolkids who are rehearsing for tonight’s program. They’ve got all sorts of instruments from drums to tambourines to sticks to shakers...”


That’s the beginning of a volcano scene in a fairy tale called “The Stone Horse.” In the spirit of a big production, there will be music, too, from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Silk Road Ensemble. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will also perform. Ma is the Silk Road project’s founder.

MA: “I sort of was a little misty-eyed hearing the kids doing their thing this morning,” Ma says, “and that’s the memory that I’ll take with me because I think people are willing to work together when there’s a greater goal.”

The free concert begins at 6:30.

I’m Mike Rhee, Chicago Public Radio.

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