Merima Ključo playing accordion
Photo by Jose de Vries
Merima Ključo

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
McCullough Theatre

Texas Performing Arts and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies present The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book

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 and other donors.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Merima Ključo, author and creator, accordion
Bart Woodstrup, video artist
Seth Knopp, piano

Texas Performing Arts and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies present The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book, composed by Bosnian-born accordionist and composer Merima Ključo. Inspired by the musical traditions of Spain, Italy, Austria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ključo collaborated with artist Bart Woodstrup, and Seth Knopp, classical pianist and founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Peabody Trio.

The evening traces the incredible journey of this most treasured manuscript—smuggled from Spain during the Inquisition, hidden from Nazis during World War II by a Muslim librarian, saved from the ravages of the 1992 Bosnian War, and eventually restored to the National Museum in Sarajevo. Despite the manuscript’s Jewish origins, this universal story of resilience will resonate with all audiences.

Merima Ključo performs internationally as a recitalist and has been guest soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Holland Symphonia, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. She has participated in a number of festivals including the St. Magnus Festival in Scotland, the City of London Festival, the Gaudeamus Festival in Amsterdam, and the Gubaidulina Festival.

“The Haggadah in its journey suffered transformations, which makes it even more special by giving it a richer history that reflects its passage through different cultures.” – Merima Ključo


Welcome and Conversation with artists and local religious leaders
Monday, November 17 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, TX 78756
Co-sponsored and hosted by iACT Interfaith Action of Central Texas

Post-Performance Talkback
Wednesday & Thursday, November 19-20
Immediately following the performance
McCullough Theatre


The Sarajevo
This Bosnian War survivor has a musical interpretation of the Sarajevo HaggadahPRI
Concert celebrates the Sarajevo Haggadah, ‘a symbol of survival’The Washington Post

Merima Ključo Website
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