The Guy Mendilow Ensemble
The Forgotten Kingdom - Sand Stories with Kseniya Simonova
Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 7:30 PM
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble is "an international tour de force” (Bethlehem Morning Call) from the Middle East, South and North America. The Ensemble combines musicianship with cinematic storytelling in shows that “explode with artistry, refinement and excitement” (Hebrew Union College), whisking audiences to distant times and picturesque places, conjuring voices lost to upheaval, to spark personal connections with the stories of ordinary people living through extraordinary times of change. These visceral dimensions from long-ago-and-far-away resonate today, inspiring questions about our own struggles and dilemmas. The Ensemble draws on traditional tunes, techniques and tales, but in elegant arrangements and with radical reframing.
International sand art superstar Kseniya Sunonova (US premiere) and the Ensemble team up in The Forgotten Kingdom, an extraordinary multi-media show bringing to life Sephardi women’s voices lost to war. Simonova creates, morphs and obliterates sand imagery, crafting a flowing narrative driven by the Ensemble's evocative music and radio drama-style storytelling. Audiences traverse breathtaking landscapes of sand, from ruined Ottoman villages to bustling Mediterranean ports like Salónica circa 1944. The Ensemble adds a sweeping, cinematographic score drawing on traditional tunes, techniques and tales but in elegant arrangements and with radical reframing.
In an adventure that “explodes with artistry, refinement and excitement,” (Hebrew Union College, OH) the Ensemble stirs powerful questions about struggles we too face today.
“…artistic quality of the highest caliber.” — Blake Smith, Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville, TN
Artistic Director; Voice, Piano, Berimbau, Guitar
A citizen of Israel, Britain and the USA, Mendilow began his professional stage career at age 10, touring internationally and domestically with the American Boychoir and singing 200+ concerts a year in venues from Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall to churches in rural communities whose zip code outnumbers their population. These formative years did more than just nurture Mendilow's love of harmony and of the performing arts. It also showed him, first hand, how high youth can rise when properly respected and supported by adults, a principle that remains vital to Mendilow's work as an educator. Today, Mendilow brings his finely crafted arrangements and stories to performing arts centers and cultural centers across a wide swathe of communities.
Mendilow earned his Masters in Music, as well as certification in Dalcroze Education from the Longy School of Music, and is candidate for the Dalcroze License, the highest Dalcroze degree obtainable in North America. He directs the Dalcroze Music School of Boston, providing training in musicianship through purposeful movement for adults and children.
Ticket prices: Individual ticket prices $35, Early Bird series tickets purchased before 9/7/20: $95 which includes one ticket to each of the four concerts in the Wartmann Artist Series + 1 complimentary Chicago Brass Quintet Christmas ticket. Series tickets purchased after 9/7/20: $120 + 1 complimentary Chicago Brass Quintet Christmas ticket.
Online Tickets Tickets by phone 608-561-6093 Due to construction work and Covid-19 there will be no in-person ticket sales.
Funded partially by the William and Joyce Wartmann Endowment for the Performing Arts