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Rhiannon Giddens Charts Next Course for Silk Road Ensemble

The Silk Road Ensemble returned to the touring stage over the past year under Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens (second from left)
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A Tempo this Saturday (8/20 at 7 pm) features a conversation with Rhiannon Giddens, who was named Artistic Director of the Silk Road Ensemble in 2020 to succeed founder Yo-Yo Ma.

The Silk Road Ensemble recently wrapped up its first post-pandemic tour, its first under its new Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens. Named to succeed ensemble founder Yo-Yo Ma in 2020, Giddens, whose musical roots range from blues, country and folk to classical, is taking the group forward with new projects. A Tempo host Rachel Katz this Saturday chats with Giddens about some of these plans, including the American Railroad Project that explores the role of immigrant groups in the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, as well as her own personal projects, such as the recently premiered opera Omar, about an enslaved Muslim man in Charleston, SC.

Giddens will perform at McCarter Theatre with her partner, Francesco Turrisi, this October, and members of the Silk Road Ensemble will perform at Carnegie Hall in March.