Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble Enthralls
By Ellie Leeper
Asian nights in San Antonio may seem impossible to come by, yet with the music of world-famous cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, spectators were aurally transported eastward, experiencing the blend of musical cultures that once lined the legendary Asian Silk Road.
After the captivating harmonic performance, San Antonio arts patrons walked the red carpet from the Majestic Theater to the Hotel Valencia for the post-concert gala organized by the ARTS San Antonio foundation and the San Antonio Chamber Music Society. Taking his inspiration from the historical Silk Road trading route as a modern metaphor for multicultural and interdisciplinary exchange, Yo-Yo Ma brought together musicians and composers from around the world in this exciting performance that explored the relationship between tradition and innovation in music from the East and the West.
Following the “world class” theme of the performance was certainly a world-class event. Yo-Yo Ma graciously joined ARTS San Antonio and the Chamber Music’s patrons at the Hotel Valencia for a gala honoring Asian tradition. ARTS San Antonio board member Trudy Madan claims that this event had more energy than most. “It was because of Yo-Yo Ma. He really wanted to get to know his supporters and he has such an exuberant personality,” she says.
Guests enjoyed the lively company of Yo-Yo Ma in addition to the dazzling Asian cultural entertainment heard in a candle lit atmosphere surrounded with garlands of floating white orchids. Between the mysterious dances of the Chinese dragons and the exotic photo lounge with Asian-inspired artwork by Cesar Proa, guests were entertained well into the wee hours.