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Bosnia Memory Project Partners with Symphony

The Bosnia Memory Project at Fontbonne University is dedicated to recording the stories of Bosnian genocide survivors. On March 19, selections from these stories will reach a new audience in a new way: They will be heard alongside traditional Bosnian Sevdah music performed by members of the St. Louis Symphony.
 
Bosnian Journeys: Generations,” a MetLife Music without Borders concert, will take place at Powell Symphony Hall on Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations or tickets are required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A free post-concert reception, sponsored by Grbic Restaurant & Banquet Hall and Grand Prix Beverage LLC, will feature complimentary baklava, Divna Sljivovica (plum brandy) and Sarajevo Beer.
 
St. Louis is home to the largest Bosnian community outside of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The community originated with refugees fleeing the war and genocide that were perpetrated in Bosnia-Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. 
 
“As a younger generation of Bosnian-Americans comes of age, it becomes even more important to transmit the stories and culture of their forebears,” said Dr. Ben Moore, director of the Bosnia Memory Project. “The St. Louis Symphony is making an invaluable contribution by performing music that commemorates loss while celebrating Bosnia’s rich culture. The Bosnian voices heard during the performance will reveal the vital importance of this musical legacy.”

The Bosnia Memory Project began in 2006 at Fonbonne University and is dedicated to establishing an enduring record of Bosnian genocide survivors living in St. Louis and elsewhere.