Guy Mendilow Ensemble
with the Boston City Singers
March 11, 2017 at 3pm
Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley Street, Dorchester
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Embark on a musical trek from bustling Mediterranean ports and resplendent Balkan capitals to communities shattered in the second world war and all but forgotten. Follow stories of orphan poets, vagabond queens and sailors lost to the sea, all set to spellbinding arrangements worthy of symphonic film scores. Wrap these tales up with lush choral harmonies and soulful vocals evoking Flamenco’s gutsiness set to heart-pounding percussion and intricate soundscapes.
Journey through the Balkans to the Mid-East beginning in Sarajevo and winding through war-torn Salonica. Three Sides to Every Story is a sonic adventure masterfully brought to life by the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, the world class quintet from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, and the USA, and the Boston City Singers. In a richly textured experience of haunting beauty, audiences are challenged with ironies and contradictions. What does it mean to encounter kindness and defiant hope — in Terrezin? To play children's games between the air raids in the occupied Czech Republic? To travel through postcard-perfect landscapes while ghosts of nightmare pasts can still just barely be seen? In a semi-theatrical performance ranging from epic to irreverent, stories and songs in Ladino and English weave seamlessly to stir vignettes of struggle, courage in dark hours, and, ultimately, riotous celebration, reminding us that, indeed, there are at least three sides to every story.
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