Chamber Music Sedona and the Sedona International Film Festival will join hands Wednesday, Jan. 10 for a 4pm encore screening of “The Music of Strangers” featuring The Silk Road Ensemble. This wonderful film played to sold-out audiences at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre last year and is making a return by popular demand in celebration of the Winter Music Festival presented by Chamber Music Sedona.
The only way to change the world is to make a little noise.
From the director of the Academy Award-winning documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” and the critically acclaimed “Best of Enemies”, the new film “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The feature-length documentary follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.
Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble — an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma — exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.
“The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.
Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.
“Musically delightful! The spirit of creativity is infectious!” raves The Hollywood Reporter.
“Entertaining! Yo-Yo-Ma is charming and funny!” says The Boston Globe.
Winter Music Festival co-artistic director Nicholas Canellakis reflected, “Yo-Yo Ma is the reason I began and play cello today. After watching him on Sesame Street, I felt the resonance of the cello speak deeply in my soul. I hope someday to have him on my program ‘Conversations with Nick’,’ said Canellakis.
“The Music of Strangers” kicks off the 5-day long festival. Thursday at 5:30pm is the Salon Musicale in VOC beginning with appetizers and Arizona wine, and a 45-minute concert followed by chocolates and hot beverages follows. Thursday and Friday the Festival Quartet performs “Concerts for Youth” in local schools.
Saturday at the Sedona Performing Arts Center is a FREE OPEN REHEARSAL from 9:30-10:30am followed by a central/northern Arizona Regional Auditions work shop. Sunday 2:30pm at the Sedona Performing Arts Center is the Festival Finale featuring music by Beethoven, Schoenfield and Dvořák. For more Festival information visit www.ChamberMusicSedona.org or call 928.204.2415.
“The Music of Strangers” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival or Chamber Music Sedona members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.