This free Millennium Park performance by the popular fifteen-time Grammy Award-winning cellist and his ensemble made up of the finest musicians of the Middle East and Far East in repertoire of East and West and combinations of both is the centerpiece of the summer-long citywide “Silk Road Chicago: Chicago 2006” that inaugurates the Silk Road Ensemble’s having chose Chicago as the first city to enter into a yearlong partnership of special performances and events centered around the music and culture of the traditional Silk Road trade route connecting East to West. Past performances have been revelatory and have carried hefty ticket prices and have always been sold out, so the chance to hear such a spectacular and popular ensemble for free in a downtown setting should not be missed, but plan accordingly and come early for a spot. (Dennis Polkow)
June 26 at Pritzker Pavilion, Michigan between Randolph and Monroe, (877)244-2246. 6:30pm. Free.