The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: 'The Cellist of Sarajevo' Heads to Windhoek

Walvis Bay and Swakopmund music lovers have already witnessed the performance by the Bank Windhoek Kalahari Ensemble and Trio Feminale, in the musical production entitled 'The Cellist of Sarajevo'.

Windhoek audiences now also can look forward to the show, set to take place at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) this week.

'The Cellist of Sarajevo' is the Bank Windhoek Arts Festival's main commissioned work for the year. The musical story is based on a historical event that grabbed the attention of the whole world in 1992 during the Bosnian Civil War.

During the war, a bomb killed 22 people queuing in a food line for bread. A man with an ordinary cello by the name of Vendran Smailovic, challenged an insane civil and military community engaged in a cruel civil war, by playing Albinoni's Adagio for 22 days. During that time, a war-torn Sarajevo and the whole world became still.

Apart from the valued members of the ensemble, Christopher West, Ida Blaauw, Jacus Krige, Aldo Behrens, Jacus Krige and Theo Cookson will also be part of the production.

"The Cellist of Sarajevo' captured the audiences in Walvis and Swakopmund's heart and they professed their appreciation with standing ovations", said the writer and director Professor Aldo Behrens

The show will run for three nights and will start on Thursday, November 15. Tickets cost N$55 and the show will start at 20h00.

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