So what kind of music did the Taliban chase out of Afghanistan when it took over the country after Muslim militants chased the Soviets out of the country? A rich musical tradition rooted in centuries of Middle Eastern music that today largely survives in exile. 15-year-old Afghan prodigy Habibullah Wardak, who is a master of the rubab, a short-necked lute that was the national instrument of Afghanistan for centuries, is trained in the rich classical Afghan repertoire and performs accompanied by punctuating and percussive tabla and dholak. Wardak and his ensemble perform as part of a free thirteen-week Friday afternoon lunchtime concert series that is part of Silk Road Chicago 2006 which spotlights music and dance from around the world. (Dennis Polkow)
July 7 at Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square, Michigan Ave. at Randolph, (877) 244-2246. 12:15pm. Free.