Academy Award-Winning Director Screening, ‘Music of Strangers’

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On Friday, April 7, the 2016 documentary “Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” was screened for a full house audience in the Community Room. Shown (l to r) are Donnie Cole and Adrian Camp of 210eastsound; Carl Koslowski, a film reviewer who introduced the film and conducted the Q & A with the Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (on his left); and Terrence Butcher, one of the event’s guests (on the far right). “Music of Strangers” was filmed at many locations around the world. It movingly tells the story of the diverse ensemble formed by cellist Ma, for which he blended an array of extraordinarily talented musicians from distant and seemingly disparate cultures. The virtuoso musicians learned to blend their talents to become a powerfully unique and creative unit whose sum exceeds its considerable parts. The film is an evocative and beautiful study of the personal and musical landscapes, people, spirit and terrains of many foreign lands. The free event was sponsored by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the South Pasadena Chinese American Club.

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