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Special Events

The Silk Road Ensemble
with Yo-Yo Ma
at the Greek

August 18, 2016


Cristina Pato, Wu TongFanfare for Gaita and Suona
Traditional Malian,
arr. Shane Shanahan
Traditional Irish, arr. Colin JacobsenO'Neill's March
Wu Man, arr. LjovaGreen (Vincent's Tune)
Kinan Azmeh, Jeffrey BeecherSyrian Improvisation
Michio Mamiya"Miero vuotti uutta kutta," from
Five Finnish Folksongs
Wu Man, Wu TongDuo
Colin JacobsenAtashgah
Sandeep Das, Kojiro UmezakiIf you shall return.
Antonin Dvořák, arr. Jeremy KittelGoing Home
Billy Strayhorn, arr. Shane ShanahanTake the "A" Train
David BruceCut the Rug
Paco de Lucia, arr. Colin JacobsenZyryab
Kinan AzmehWedding

Visionary cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Greek for a concert under the stars with a project close to his heart—The Silk Road Ensemble, an extraordinary musical think tank of cross-cultural collaboration and artistic excellence. The collection of virtuosi, versed in the musical cultures of Asia, Europe, and the Americas, performs lively arrangements of traditional music as well as contemporary works by composers from around the globe, blending Western string instruments with classical and folk percussion, strings, and winds in performances of "spontaneity and superb craftsmanship" (The Washington Post).

Program Notes

Program notes are available online.

Greek Theatre Patron Information

We looking forward to having you join us for the concert with The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at UC Berkeley's historic Greek Theatre.

Recently named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top 10 amphitheaters in America, the William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre (known to most simply as "The Greek") is a favorite performance venue of artists and audiences alike and is renowned for its intimate setting and spectacular views.

We hope the following information will properly introduce you to this well-loved venue order to make your experience as positive as possible:

Directions and Parking
Please see our Getting Here and Parking sections for all of the details on parking locations and drop off/loading zone information.

Your Seats

  • Seating at the Greek varies from the temporary folding seats set up in the pit area (premium seats) and lower Sections A-F to the stone bench seating in Sections 1–10 above. For a more comfortable experience, we encourage you to bring personal seat cushions (or a folded up blanket).
  • Seats in Sections 1–10 are accessible via a rather steep set of stone steps. We recommend wearing comfortable, flat shoes in order to navigate the stairs.
  • Lawn Seats: You are welcome to bring a small blanket or cushions for seating in the Lawn area. Please note that large or structured lawn chairs cannot be brought into the venue. Please see below for an additional list of what to bring...and what not to bring.

Seating Map

Ticket Office
The Box Office at the Greek Theatre opens for sales and Will Call at 5:30pm. The venue Box Office is only open on the performance day and is located at the north entrance to the amphitheater. The closest intersection for mapping purposes is Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road.

What to Wear
The Greek is an outdoor venue and the Bay Area's weather is notoriously fickle. We recommend both suntan lotion for daytime events and wearing comfortable, layered clothing in order to weather our famous fog (and to be more comfortable on the stone seats and during the short walk to the venue from parking locations).

Food and Drink
Various food and beverage options will be available for purchase within the amphitheater, including a selection of beer and wine.

You may bring in your own picnic items, but please limit the size of your meal to a small container; the area around your seat is limited. You will not be permitted to bring alcohol into the facility. The amphitheater will open 90 minutes prior to the performance start time.

The Weather
Please note that this event is scheduled to go on rain or shine.

Recap: What to Bring

  • An extra layer of clothing
  • A blanket or personal legless seat cushion for comfortable seating
  • Small picnic items, if desired

What Not to Bring!
The following are not allowed in the venue:

  • strollers
  • large backpacks
  • large blankets
  • structured stadium chairs
  • alcohol
  • cans, bottles
  • large ice chests
  • picnic baskets
  • lawn furniture
  • weapons of any kind
  • umbrellas
  • pets

The Greek Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Patrons who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility may be dropped off at the North Gate for entrance via the wheelchair ramp in front of the Ticket Office.


The Music of Strangers
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma is headed to Berkeley in August of our 2016/17 Season. Until then, take a look at the trailer of their new film The Music of Strangers.

The Silk Road Ensemble: NPR Music Field Recordings
"Welcome to Yo-Yo's Playhouse" When you're lucky enough to have cellist Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble, some of the world's premiere instrumentalists and composers, gather for an afternoon of offstage music making, you've got to think long and hard about where to put them. And we decided that the perfect match would be ACME Studio, a theatrical props warehouse in Brooklyn.

Donor Benefits

Purchase Tickets

Thu, Aug 18, 8pm
Lawn seats now open!

Venue: Hearst Greek Theatre

Price: Tickets start at $50

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* Special Events are available as Choose-Your-Own Subscription events with a minimum of six events in a single subscription order. Single-ticket discounts do not apply.

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