Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens American Railroad - UGA Performing Arts Center
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“It’s a two-hour series of musical selections, each one more surprising and beautiful than the one before, in which you can hear divisions of genre and style wash away in real time like the ramparts of a crumbling sandcastle.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Conceived by Yo-Yo Ma, the genre-defying Silkroad Ensemble is comprised of world-class musicians from all over the globe. Now led by Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, the group’s latest project illuminates the impact of immigrant communities on the creation of the U.S. transcontinental railroad, and its impact on the Native people of North America. The performance uses the music and instruments of African American, Chinese, Indigenous, Irish, and other peoples to explore the dissemination of cultures across the country. The result unveils a rich tapestry of untold stories about the origins of the American Empire and the formation of our multifaceted American identities, and their costs.

Hodgson Concert Hall (View Seating Chart)

230 River Road
Athens, GA 30605


Rhiannon Giddens, banjo, voice
Mike Block, cello
Layale Chaker, violin
Sandeep Das, tabla
Pura Fe, lap-steel, voice
Maeve Gilchrist, harp
Mario Gotoh, viola, violin
Balla Kouyate, balafon
Edward Perez, bass
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Francesco Turrisi, frame drums, accordion
Kaorua Watanabe, Japanese flutes, percussion
Yazhi Guo, suona

Supported by

Catherine B. Kleiner