The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book, composed by Bosnian-born accordionist Merima Kljuo, traces the incredible journey of this most treasured manuscript that was 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. Inspired by the musical traditions of Spain, Italy, Austria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kljuo collaborates with pianist Seth Knopp and artist Bart Woodstrup to create a multimedia performance exploring the Sarajevo Haggadah as a symbol of diaspora and return. The work is the 2013-2014 New Jewish Culture Network’s commission and touring project. Produced in partnership with New Center LIVE, stay for a post-concert discussion with Merima and Geraldine Brooks, author ofPeople of The Book, the historical novel that inspired this production.
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 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 and other donors. The Boston presentation is sponsored by the Hammer Family in memory of Michael Hammer.
Reserved Seat Tickets: $36 (includes post-event reception), $25, Students: $15
Event Location: Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal St, Watertown, 13601