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Silk Road Ensemble & choreographer Mark Morris adapt 'Layla and Majun' for Dartmouth performance / New Hampshire Public Radio

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"Layla and Majun" is a love story that's been told and re-told in thousands of variations by poets, minstrels, dancers and musicians throughout the Middle East and Central Asia for centuries. The tragedy of obsessive, forbidden love was turned into the first Middle Eastern opera in 1908, later inspired the classic rock song "Layla." Now, the Silk Road Ensemble has adapted the epic into a one-hour version. The ensemble worked with renowned choreographer Mark Morris to create a multi-media production on its way to the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, being performed this Friday (1/6) and Saturday (1/7).

Colin Jacobsen is a violinist, composer, and touring member of the Silk Road Ensemble. He arranged the music for "Layla and Majnun" with Alim Qasimov and Johnny Gandelsman. Gandelsman and Jacobsen are also members of the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet. LISTEN TO THE New Hampshire Public Radio SEGMENT

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