Composer celebrates Sarajevo Haggadah at Yellow Barn


PUTNEY -- The miraculous Jewish exodus from Egypt is the story told in the Haggadah, a book of prayer central to the feast of Passover. Spanning six centuries of European history, saved from destruction by people of many faiths, the Sarajevo Haggadah has a history as miraculous as the Biblical one within it.

Accordionist and composer Merima Kljuco has been at Yellow Barn this week, working with video artist Bart Woodstrup and pianist Seth Knopp to create a new work that illuminates the story of the Sarajevo Haggadah.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, "The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book" will be given its premiere performances at Sandglass Theater, prior to a national tour this spring.

Performances on this one-hour piece are at 8 p.m., on Thursday and Saturday and 7 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $12. Reservations are recommended . Call 802-387-6637 or visit for more information.

"The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book" was composed over the course of a year, often in collaboration with pianist and Yellow Barn Artistic Director Seth Knopp. Commissioned by the New Jewish Culture Network of the Foundation for Jewish Culture, the work is being developed as part of Yellow Barn’s Artist Residency program. A discussion will follow each performance.


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