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Music Worcester brings Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens to Indian Ranch

Music Worcester brings Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens to Indian Ranch
Music Worcester presents Silkroad Ensemble featuring Grammy Award-winning musician and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens at Indian Ranch in Webster on Wednesday, July 27.
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  This is the Silkroad Ensemble’s debut tour with Ms. Giddens since her appointment as artistic director in July of 2020. She will lead the Silkroad Ensemble in their latest collaboration, “Phoenix Rising.”
  A musical rebirth and celebration, Phoenix Rising takes a cross-section of Silkroad’s award-winning compositions and arrangements and re-imagines them for today. Keeping an eye on the past, the Ensemble and Ms. Giddens will also perform new works that coalesce her worldview with the Ensemble’s collective experience during the pandemic. Three major new commissions by Silkroad artists Sandeep Das, Maeve Gilchrist and Kaoru Watanabe will be played. The program also includes new arrangements by Rhiannon Giddens, Colin Jacobsen, Edward Perez and Mazz Swift.
  Ms. Giddens has pursued a lifelong quest of shining light on under-recognized voices, genres and musical traditions. A MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, she co-founded the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, and has been nominated for six additional Grammys for her work as a soloist and collaborator. As a performer, composer and cross-cultural connector, she has helped to change the understanding of both American and world music. She has performed with the Ensemble many times, but this will be her first appearance since succeeding Yo-Yo Ma as artistic director.
  “Music Worcester has been so fortunate to welcome the Silkroad Ensemble before, and some of its current and former members individually over the years. As we think about what and whom we should be presenting coming out of the pandemic years, we could not be more excited to be bringing the Ensemble back this summer with its new director, Rhiannon Giddens,” Adrien Finlay, Music Worcester’s executive director, said.