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Yo-Yo Ma founded Silkroad in 1998 as an organization dedicated to the virtues of multiculturalism and the exchange of musical and artistic ideas. A musical collective with the same mission, the Silk Road Ensemble, soon followed. It was named after the ancient trading route that facilitated the exchange of goods between places as geographically distant as Luoyang and Rome.

It's fitting, then, that earlier this week, several Silk Road Ensemble musicians came together at Grand Central Terminal, another crossroads in one of the world's busiest cities. They were there for a performance to promote the wide release of The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, Morgan Neville's documentary film that probes the musical souls of several of the ensemble's members. The film grapples with questions that are difficult to answer, such as the meaning of artistic expression, and probes concepts that are equally difficult to describe, such as home and community.

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