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The Cleveland Museum of Natural History brings new ‘Silk Road’ exhibit to life

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“Traveling the Silk Road Concert & Cultural Festival” (set for Sunday, June 29 from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.) takes the exhibit experience to a whole new level of sound, sight and smells

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Without a doubt, the newest exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is a fully immersive trip back in time. Complete with background noises and scents you truly feel like a traveler making your way from China to Iraq over the well worn trail.

On June 29, 2014 the “Traveling the Silk Road Concert & Cultural Festival” will amp up the experience even more as six renowned world musicians and a vocalist will gather to play and discuss their various instruments and techniques.

The group consists of: Jamey Haddad, Percussion; Ali Amr, Qanun (Arabic dulcimer); Yazhi Guo, Suona (Chinese oboe); Salar Nader, Indian and Afghani Tabla; Michael Ward-Bergeman, Hyper-Accordion; Tareq S.K. Rantisi, Percussion and Sugata Chatterjee - Hindustani classic vocalist. The performers and their instruments hail from such far-off lands as Afghanistan, Morocco, China and the Middle East.

Along with the concert, guests can also see Indian classical dancers from the Anga Kala Kathak Academy perform as well as a Chinese Dragon Dance. Local artisans will also be on hand to demonstrate ancient arts such as papermaking, calligraphy, silk spinning and origami. Visitors can have their names translated into Chinese calligraphy on a bookmark as well as learn how to fold an origami craft to take home with them.

Prices for the festival are:
Members: Adults: $20; Youth: $10
Non-members: Adults: $25; Youth: $15


3:30 p.m.
Performers, artisans, a cash beer and wine bar and light cultural fare in the Museum’s lobby and Sears Hall. The Blue Planet Café will be open until at 5:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m.
International concert featuring:
Jamey Haddad - Percussion
Ali Amr - Qanun (Arabic dulcimer)
Yazhi Guo - Suona (Chinese oboe)
Salar Nader - North Indian and Afghani Tabla
Michael Ward-Bergeman - Hyper-Accordion
Tareq S.K. Rantisi - Percussion
Sugata Chatterjee - Hindustani classic vocalist

5:30 p.m.
Enjoy the dazzling exhibition Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World which brings to life the most celebrated trade route in history! A Silk Road marketplace in the Museum Store featuring a variety of cultural wares will be open until 7 pm.

Call the Box Office at (216) 231-1177 or click here to purchase tickets

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Cultural Supporters and Partners
Jones Day, Anne & Don Palmer, RAV Financial, Margaret W. Wong & Associates Co., LPA, and Anthony Y. Yen, Cleveland Asian Festival, ClevelandPeople.Com, Confucius Institute at CSU, Discount Drug Mart, Federation of India Community Associations of Northeast Ohio, Global Cleveland, InterContinental Hotels Cleveland, and OCA Cleveland Chapter