Avner Dorman


Merima Kljuco, accordion

Program: Two Faiths: One Spirit

Bardanashvili Elegy for Strings
Ključo Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book
Roustom Dabke
Cohen Warzazat
Ranjbaran Seven Passages
The musical centerpiece of TWO FAITHS: ONE SPIRIT is Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book by the internationally known Bosnian composer and  accordionist Merima Ključo. This work was inspired by the journey of a breathtakingly illustrated Jewish manuscript from its creation in  15th-century Spain to Sarajevo, where it was hidden from the Nazis by a Muslim Imam during World War II. Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks tells a fictionalized version of the story in her novel People of the Book.
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, by Joshua Hammer, tells a true parallel story that recounts the  rescue of a priceless treasury of 15th-century Muslim manuscripts and artifacts created in Timbuktu from the Al-Qaeda invasion of Mali in 2012. An essential part in that story was played by Dr. Henry Lewis Gates, Harvard professor and Peabody Award winner for his PBS documentary about African history.



Wednesday, March 14, 7.30 PM

Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Boulevard, Beachwood

Thursday, March 15, 7.30 PM St. Jerome Church, 15000 Lake Shore Blvd, Cleveland


Friday, March 16,  11:00 AM Cuyahoga County Library 2121 Snow Rd, Parma 7:30 PM  Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 West Clifton, Lakewood


Saturday, March 17, 8.00 PM Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, 3649 E. 65th Street, Cleveland


Sunday, March 18, 4.00 PM St. Mary Parish, 320 Middle Ave, Elyria






The Cyrus Eaton Foundation, Henry K. and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation, The Jean, Harry and Brenda Fuchs Family Foundation, The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Mr and Mrs Andrew Green, Pamela and Scott Isquick, The Leonard Krieger Fund of the Cleveland Foundation, Patricia Kozerefski and Richard Bogomolny, David and Inez Meyers Foundation, The George W Codrington Charitable Fund

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