The Silkroad Ensemble returns to Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall on Thursday, July 28, with a new program “Phoenix Rising.” Audiences can expect to once again encounter new blends of vibrant folk and classical sounds performed by an international mix of top-level artists. The lineup includes four new commissions plus several new arrangements.
Scanning the Tanglewood listing of the event, something seems missing, namely founding director Yo-Yo Ma, who in 1997 took a chance on bringing together great musicians from around the world and waiting to see what might happen. The Silk Road Project led to the Silkroad Ensemble and what is today a $5 million organization based in the Boston area. The story of this grand artistic experiment and the original assembly of musicians from the Middle East, Asia and the Americas is beautifully told in the 2016 documentary “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” available on several streaming services.