Imagine being part of a caravan that was taking the long journey along the Silk Road trade route from China, through the Middle East, into Europe. Much like famous rest stops along old American highways such as Route 66, the roadside inns along the Silk Roadknown as Caravansary—were legendary for their hospitality, including entertaining resting caravans with music of the particular region of the inn. This Silk Road Chicago Summer 2006 program is called “Caravan Saray” and will be presented by the ensemble of the same name that will offer samples of the types of music heard at these inns performed by ensemble members Betty Xiang, master of the Chinese erhu or Chinese spiked fiddle, Massoud Kamgarp on the Persian santur, or Middle Eastern hammered dulcimer, Syrian percussionist Omar Ali Musfi on bendir, a Middle Eastern frame drum, and Greek and Turkish clarinetist Jim Stoynoff. (Dennis Polkow)
August 11 at Pritzker Pavilion.