Shem Center June 2, 2024 Concert

Bosnian musician, Vedran Smailović, known as the "Cellist of Sarajevo"

The Bosnian musician, Vedran Smailović, known as the "Cellist of Sarajevo” often performed during the siege of Sarajevo, 1992-1996. Wearing a tuxedo, he staged his performances in ruined buildings often under the threat of snipers. His story inspires us as we offer you beautiful music in response to the loss and grief we live with today.

TO LEAD US ON OUR WAY

Restoring kindness and civility

Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality Concert
Sunday, June 2, 2024, 2:00pm
Reception following the concert
St. Giles Church, McDonough Hall
1025 Columbian Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois 60302

Shem Center offers a response to the heartbreaking suffering and grief of today’s world. Images that say far more than words appear daily in the news media. Beyond the teachings found in a diversity of world religions and spiritual paths that Shem Center considers, ours is a message of inclusiveness and respect for everyone. The Source, the One known by many names guides us all.

We are experiencing news fatigue over the conflict and violence found everywhere. Destroyed villages and cities, and images showing searches for loved ones buried in rubble and thousands of children killed are brought to us daily in the media. These images hold the grief and pain that accompanies civilians caught in the cross fire.

I recall the Bosnian musician, Vedran Smailović, known as the "Cellist of Sarajevo.” During the siege of Sarajevo, 1992-1996, wearing a tuxedo, he often performed Albion’s Adagio in G Minor, a hauntingly beautiful piece of music. He staged his performances in ruined buildings often under the threat of snipers. His story inspires us as we offer you beautiful music in response to the loss and grief we live with today.

The Aramaic word “SHEM” found in The Lord’s Prayer in the language Jesus spoke, a prayer translated into many languages and prayed throughout the world refers to the divine light, splendor and radiance found in all of life, all people, all sacred paths. This word holds deep meanings that evoke a sense of divine radiance and splendor. Shem Center names its presence in today’s world using this sacred, all inclusive word.

Please join us for this our annual fundraising event. Believing that it is beauty that will help save the world, gifted musicians will offer a program of inspiring music. Your donation in any amount will be matched by our friends, The Wolcott / Ebbeler Foundation.

With gratitude for your friendship and generosity,
Br. Joseph Kilikevice, OP, Director, Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality

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Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality
708 North Harvey Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

(708) 848-1095
shemcenter1993@gmail.com

Photo Credits: Emory Mead, Stephen B. Starr, Joseph Kilikevice

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