A people freed from enslavement, the miraculous Jewish exodus from Egypt is the story told in the Haggadah, the book of prayer central to the ritual feast of Passover. Spanning six centuries and the breadth of Europe, saved from destruction by people of many faiths—the history of the Sarajevo Haggadah is one that is as miraculous as the Biblical one that lies within it. Accordionist and composer Merima Ključo returns to Yellow Barn with video artist Bart Woodstrup and pianist Seth Knopp, creating a new work that illuminates a tale of heroism in the face of violence, born out of deep respect for traditions that are not our own.
The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book 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. 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.