One of the greatest living instrumentalists and one of the world's most dynamic ensembles bring a knockout program to UNC-Chapel Hill. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble present a world premiere of Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky's "Sacred Signs," commissioned as part of Carolina Performances' The Rite of Spring at 100 program. Each of the three sections of Yanov-Yanovsky's composition takes elements from folk music that Igor Stravinsky incorporated into his iconoclastic work.
Silk Road, which can run up to 59 musicians on such instruments as the pipa and the duduk, will also perform compositions by Colin Jacobsen and local favorite Vijay Iyer. But the highlight of the night might well be John Zorn's "The Book of Angels Suite," comprising selections from the composer's second Masada songbook. Part Ornette Coleman, part Naftule Brandwein, Zorn's Masada music is unforgettable, soulful and energizing. The Sept. 30 performance of Ma and the ensemble is already sold out, so act quickly on this one. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show run $69–$169. —Chris Vitiello