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Train Station Trios: Songs & Stories of the American Railroad

Feb 11, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Sacramento Train Station Trio Invite

Join us for the debut performance of Silkroad's Train Station Trios - right inside the California State Railroad Museum's roundhouse.

This performance is free with admission to the Museum.

Train Station Trios is a concert series generating new music as part of Silkroad's multi-year American Railroad project, an initiative led by artistic director Rhiannon Giddens that illuminates the impact of African American, Chinese, Indigenous, Irish and other immigrant communities on the creation of the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad and connecting railways. These and other populations played a fundamental role in one of the most important technological and economic achievements of the 19th century, yet their contributions have all too often been erased from history.

This performance will bring together a trio of artists to uncover untold stories from these communities, painting a richer and more accurate picture of the origins of the American Empire, which profoundly reverberate today.

In this one-of-a-kind Sacramento performance, Silkroad artists Mario Gotoh (violin/viola), Edward Pérez (bass), and Shane Shanahan (percussion) will contextualize — or rather re-contextualize — the railroad through music. Together, the trio will study the local Bay Area history of the railroad together with guest scholar, Prof. Anna Eng to share a performance that is equal parts inspiring, entertaining, and educational, hosted at the California State Railroad Museum.

More information about Silkroad can be found on their website.