Beyond Borders


Sunday, May 5, 2019, 11:00am to 12:30pm


Harvard Commons, Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

BrattleUniting their art forms, members of Silkroad Ensemble, Parker Quartet and the Brattle Street Chamber Players of Harvard College will share the stage at the Smith Campus Center for a bold and borderless concert featuring more than a dozen musicians in a one-of-a-kind experience that reminds us of the power of inclusiveness, curiosity, listening, collaboration and intergenerational artmaking. The concert on May 5 is free and open to the public and to all ages. 

Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76 in 1998, the Silkroad Ensemble creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. Silkroad has been affiliated with Harvard University since 2005, with offices on Harvard’s Allston campus since 2010. Through mentorships and workshops, Silkroad acts as a working laboratory at the intersection of the arts and academics, collaborating across disciplines with Harvard faculty and students.

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Silkroad Ensemble, Parker Quartet and Brattle Street Chamber Players of Harvard College played at ARTS FIRST 2018. Photos: Matthew Healey

Inspiring performances, luminous sound and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its layered interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation.

The Brattle Street Chamber Players is one of Harvard's most exciting and accomplished chamber musical ensembles. A conductorless string chamber orchestra, Brattle brings a dynamic approach to a broad-ranging repertoire of standard, seldom performed and newly composed music for strings.