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Nearly 900 people gathered in Spaulding Auditorium last week to hear celebrated cellist and 16-time Grammy winner Yo-Yo Ma talk about "Culture, Understanding, and Survival." In residence this spring as a Montgomery Fellow, Ma began by thanking Theodore Levin, the Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music, for helping him form the Silkroad Ensemble, a group of musicians from Central and East Asia and the West who create new music rooted in tradition.

Ma's talk was followed the next day by a sold-out performance by the Silkroad ensemble at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Silkroad members had spent part of the week visiting College classes. The program included the world premiere of a work by Jia Daqun, one of China's leading composers, commissioned by the Hopkins Center, which co-sponsored and produced Ma's Montgomery visit, residency, and performance.