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Traditionally, China is considered the Eastern terminus of the fabled Silk Road, but composer Riu Hong-Jun thinks otherwise—and he’s got the instruments to prove it. The compositions he calls “Lost Music of the Silk Road” are derived from the style of eighth-century Japan’s Tempyo period and feature some 20 varieties of traditional instruments that traveled east from Persia, Korea, and China. The Tempyo period was when Buddhism became Japan’s official religion, so 15 Buddhist chanters join the 15-piece orchestra in its simulation of the era’s music. At 7:30 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $18. (202) 994-6800. (MJ)