Special Screening of The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble on September 15

Glimmerglass Film Days Preview Event features Acclaimed Documentary  
Co-sponsored and Hosted by The Glimmerglass Festival

“The clearest reason for music, for culture, is it gives us meaning,” says  Ma. The film, called a "joyous revelation" by the Wall Street Journal and "...lovely to watch, even more beautiful to hear" by the New York Times,  blends performance footage, personal interviews and archival film.  

“The clearest reason for music, for culture, is it gives us meaning,” says  Ma. The film, called a "joyous revelation" by the Wall Street Journal and "...lovely to watch, even more beautiful to hear" by the New York Times,  blends performance footage, personal interviews and archival film.  

Glimmerglass Film Days and The Glimmerglass Festival are co-sponsoring a screening of “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 pm in the Alice Busch Opera Theater

The documentary by Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) travels the world with several of the members of The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective of performers and composers founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma to explore how the arts can advance global understanding. In the film, Wu Man, a Grammy-nominated musician widely recognized as the world’s premiere pipa virtuoso, tells how her parents encouraged her to learn music as a child as a way to escape the pressures of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. “By trying to kill the human spirit, the answer of the human spirit is to revenge with beauty,” explains composer Osvaldo Golijov in the film  

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Doors will open at 6:00 pm. The Glimmerglass Festival's Alice Busch Opera Theater is located at 7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown (eight miles north of the Village of Cooperstown). 

The fourth annual Glimmerglass Film Days will be held November 10-14 in Cooperstown, NY.  In addition to feature documentaries, shorts, and narrative films which explore the theme “Against the Odds,” Film Days also offers talks by filmmakers and other experts, receptions with local food and drink, guided walks and hikes, and art exhibits. Film Days is curated by Margaret Parsons, founder and curator of the film program at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Film Days Passes will be available for sale at the door for the September 15 movie screening and online soon.