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Viewpoints of war and music

Viewpoints of war and music: A panel session on The Cellist of Sarajevo

Cellist of Sarajevo


 Imagine the conversations we could have if everyone on campus--and everyone in Maryland--were reading the same book. This fall the University of Baltimore is participating in the Maryland Humanities Council’s One Maryland One Book project, a statewide initiative to draw attention to a particular book of merit and foster literary discussions and reading groups focusing on that book. This year’s selection is The Cellist of Sarajevo . The novel focuses on the Siege of Sarajevo and is inspired by the cellist  Vedran Smailović, who performed in the rubble of shelled buildings.

Langsdale Library is hosting “Viewpoints of war and music: A panel session on The Cellist Sarajevo” on Tuesday, October 2 at 7 pm in the Lucy and Vernon Wright Theater, Student Center at the University of Baltimore.

The evening will start with accomplished cellist Dorotea Racz, playing both the Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor (the piece featured in the novel) and David Wilde’s “The Cellist of Sarajevo,” inspired by the true story of cellist Vedran Smailović. A panel of faculty and guest speakers, including Dr. Daniel Page, Dr. Kristen Eyssell, and Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, will follow the cello performance. They will address different themes in the novel, such as writing about war and conflict, the role of the arts in sites of conflict, and the psychology of survival, providing a multidisciplinary approach to the same text. There will be time at the end of the session for audience questions, comments and discussion with the panelists.  

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Natalie Burclaff, Langsdale Library, at or 410-837-5072.