The Sarajevo Haggadah - Music of the Book

Merima Ključo's multimedia work traces the dramatic story of one of Jewish culture's most treasured manuscripts.

Using the musical traditions of Spain, Italy, Austria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ključo illustrates and illuminates the Haggadah's travels from medieval Spain to 20th-century Bosnia, where it was hidden and rescued during World War II by Muslims, to its restoration by the National Museum in Sarajevo after the 1992-95 war.

Inspired by the historical novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks and commissioned by the Foundation for Jewish Culture, The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book creatively interprets this miraculous artifact as a universal symbol of exile, return, and co-existence.

For this special program, the musicians perform with visual accompaniment -- the Haggadah's original paintings digitally animated by video artist Bart Woodstrup.

The project has toured to major venues, including the world premiere at Yellow Barn, the Cleveland Museum, Arsenal Center for the Arts in Boston, Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Texas Performing Arts in Austin, the Morgan Museum & Library in New York, and other.

There are different versions of this work:

- for accordion solo and video

- for accordion, piano and video

- for accordion and chamber orchestra    read more