Here's an issue that'll be a treat for your eyes and ears as well as your brain. Actually, once you've finished reading this issue, you'll never listen to any music as you did before reading it. CALLIOPE (R) has joined with the Silk Road Ensemble to introduce you to such instruments as the pipa, shakuhachi, sheng, santur, and tabla. But, don't think these instruments stayed along the Silk Road routes - they traveled, too. You'd be surprised at the adaptations and variations in other parts of the world. You'll also "meet" the horse-head fiddle and read about the legend of the first ever made. And, there's more: CALLIOPE (R) will take you behind the scenes to hear - direct from the musicians - how the instruments were made, how they are played, and what role they played along the Silk Road. To be sure, it'll be an eye-thrilling, ear-pleasing, soul-tugging issue!