The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book

Date/Time: Thursday, May 22 | 6:30–8pm Get Tickets
Admission: $10 Members and JCCSF Members; $20 General (includes Museum admission)
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About the Program

The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book, a multimedia work composed by Bosnian-born, Los Angeles-based accordionist Merima Ključo, traces the highly dramatic story of one of the world’s most famous manuscripts. Featuring Ključo’s use of musical traditions from Spain, Italy, Austria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, together with animation by video artist Bart Woodstrup and Seth Knopp on piano, The Sarajevo Haggadah traces the manuscript’s travels from medieval Spain to twentieth 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.

The performance is part of a residency that includes a Wednesday afternoon workshop at the JCCSF.

Merima Ključo, accordionist/composer, performs internationally as a recitalist and has been guest soloist with orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Holland Symphonia, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. As soloist she has participated in a number of renowned festivals. Her performances have been broadcast by the BBC and networks all around Europe, North America, and Australia.

Seth Knopp, pianist, is Artistic Director of Yellow Barn and the founder and Co-Artistic Director of its Young Artist Program. He is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Peabody Trio, ensemble-in-residence at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University where he serves as a member of the piano and chamber music faculties.

Bart Woodstrup, video artist, shows regularly throughout the U.S. and abroad, and has been included at Siggraph, Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts, SEAMUS, Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, Not Still Art Festival, Version>, and the Chicago Underground Film Festival.



Additional Partnership Programs

Wednesday, May 21 | 1–2pm
Jewish Community Center | 3200 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Admission: Free 

Composer and accordionist Merima Kljuco's performs a musical sampling of her piece, which charts the journey of the legendary Sarajevo Haggadah. Kljuco discusses the creation and inspiration behind her original multimedia production that draws on the musical traditions of Spain, Italy, Austria, Bosnia, and Herzegovina.

Wednesday, May 21 | 7–8:30pm
Adobe Bookshop | 3031 24 St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Admission: Free 

Merima Kljuco and Jewlia Eisenberg (Charming Hostess) are musicians, composers, and multi-media artists who have created new works influenced by literature. Kljuco was inspired by the novel People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks and Eisenberg was prompted by a body of work produced by Natalia Ginsberg, novelist and mother to the great historian Carlos Ginsberg. Learn more about how their work reflects this multidisciplinary approach in a moderated conversation and music sampling with The CJM’s Gravity Goldberg.

Adobe Books is a hub for local arts and culture, newly managed as a worker/member run co-op, that strives to provide valuable literature, engaging art exhibits, local music, and literary performance, as well as gathering space for the Mission community.



Supporters and Sponsors

Presented by The CJM and the JCCSF. 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, the Arnow Family Fund and other donors.

Public Programs and New Media Initiatives at The Contemporary Jewish Museum are made possible with lead support from The Jim Joseph Foundation. Major support has been provided by the Leavitt Family and supporting sponsorship comes from The Toole Family Charitable Foundation, David B. Gold Foundation, In Memory of Benjamin Alpert.



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