March 26, 2014
Arsenal Center for the Arts 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472, USA
$36/$25 @ 8:00 PM - SOLD OUT
The New Center and the Boston Jewish Music Festival present the Boston debut of The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book, composed by Bosnian-born accordionist Merima Ključo.
Inspired by the musical traditions of Spain, Italy, Austria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ključo collaborated with artist Bart Woodstrup to create this multimedia performance, which traces the incredible journey of this most treasured manuscript--smuggled from Spain during the Inquisition, hidden from Nazis during WWII by a Muslim librarian, saved from the ravages of the 1992 Bosnian War, and eventually restored to the National Museum in Sarajevo.
Geraldine Brooks, author of People of The Book, the acclaimed historical novel that inspired this production, will introduce the program and join Merima Ključo for a post-concert conversation.
The Sarajevo Haggadah performance was commissioned by the Foundation for Jewish Culture's New Jewish Culture Network, a league of North American performing arts presenters committed to the creation and touring of innovative projects and developed in residence at The Yellow Barn. The New Jewish Culture Network has received major support from the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Anne Abramson Foundation, the Arnow Family Fund, and other donors. The Boston presentation is sponsored by the Hammer Family in memory of Michael Hammer.