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The Forgotten Kingdom — Performed by Guy Mendilow Ensemble
(284, 182, 117, 75, 10 word descriptions)

Note: These descriptions are for the Radio-Theatre version of the show.
For versions with Sand Artist Kseniya Simonova see
The Forgotten Kingdom Sand Stories

284 words

Folding radio drama-style stories into a top-flight world music concert, The Forgotten Kingdom conjures women’s voices lost to war. Audiences traverse picturesque Mediterranean port towns and ruined Ottoman villages, from Salónica to Sarajevo, guided by an "international tour-de-force" (Bethlehem Morning Call). World-class musicianship and cinematic storytelling restores living colour to faded, sepia snapshots of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary upheaval.

Weaving together late 19th/early 20th-century women’s songs from Sephardic enclaves of the former Ottoman Empire, the show evokes a panorama of the unraveling of an older Mediterranean world — not as we see it today with the benefit of textbook hindsight, but as ordinary people lived it, unaware of how the dots would connect.  With song lyrics in Ladino, an endangered blend of archaic Spanish with Turkish and Greek, together with English narration, with heart and humour, the show renders scenes of daily life from WWI and the Ottoman Empire’s collapse to the glimmers of democratic hopes crushed by fascist regimes that cloaked entire communities in a ‘shroud of oblivion.’

To bring audiences into these moments, the Ensemble draws on traditional tunes, techniques, and tales but in elegant arrangements and with radical reframing. The bittersweet rawness of Tango, gorgeous vocal harmonies and the rhythmic fire of classical Arabic percussion intensifies the emotionality of Western classical music. Adding such personal human dimensions to tales of the long-ago-and-far-away, The Forgotten Kingdom stirs resonant questions about our own struggles and dilemmas today.

The Ensemble is recipient of multiple funding awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Boston Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts and Western Arts Alliance on the basis of its artistry, cultural preservation and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

182 words

Embark on a musical trek through a nearly lost Mediterranean world. Journey through former Ottoman lands starting in Sarajevo and winding through Salónica in an atmospheric performance restoring vibrant, living colour to otherwise sepia snapshots of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary upheaval, from the final days of the Ottoman Empire through WWII.

In this sweeping adventure spun out by an "international tour-de-force" (Bethlehem Morning Call) from the Middle East, South and North America, music and radio drama-style stories conjure Sephardi women’s voices lost to war, recorded in an endangered language blending archaic Spanish with Turkish and Greek.  The bittersweet rawness of Tango, gorgeous vocal harmonies and the rhythmic fire of classical Arabic percussion intensifies the emotionality of Western classical music in cinematic arrangements stirring those familiar with the culture and those new to it.

Rendering stories and songs of an older age with drama, humour and heart, The Forgotten Kingdom leaves audiences with deeply moving questions about some of our own struggles, debates and dilemmas today. It’s a performance that "explodes with artistry, refinement, and excitement." (Hebrew Union College, OH)

117 words

Embark on a musical trek through a nearly lost world, starting in Sarajevo and winding through Salónica, in a riveting show restoring living colour to the stories of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary upheaval, from the last days of the Ottoman Empire to WWII.

In an adventure that "explodes with artistry, refinement, and excitement." (Hebrew Union College, OH), intertwining music and radio drama-style stories conjure Sephardi women’s voices lost to war, recorded in an endangered language blending archaic Spanish with Turkish and Greek.

Brought to life by an "international tour-de-force" (Bethlehem Morning Call) from the Middle East, South and North America, The Forgotten Kingdom sparks deeply moving questions about stories that continue to play out today.

75 words

Folding radio drama-style stories into a top-flight world music concert, The Forgotten Kingdom conjures Sephardi women’s voices lost to war. 

Audiences traverse picturesque Mediterranean port towns and ruined Ottoman villages, from Salónica to Sarajevo, guided by an "international tour-de-force" (Bethlehem Morning Call). World-class musicianship and cinematic storytelling restores living colour to faded, sepia snapshots of ordinary people caught in extraordinary upheaval.

It’s an adventure that "explodes with artistry, refinement, and excitement." (Hebrew Union College, OH).

10 word

Music and radio-drama-syle stories conjure women’s voices lost to war


Around the World in Song — Performed by Guy Mendilow Ensemble
(78, 66 word descriptions)

78 words

The Guy Mendilow Ensemble opens up a world of music to children in this deeply interactive global adventure. With songs, stories and instruments from cultures worldwide, GME introduces children to the amazing ways people make music with their voices, bodies, and whatever else they find at-hand. Uplifting, funny and fun, this show grants children full respect and dignity, crafting an experience that is at once profoundly musical and also brimming with joyful play to fire up young imaginations.

66 words

The Guy Mendilow Ensemble opens up a world of music to children in this deeply interactive global adventure. Uplifting, funny and fun, this show starts with the premise that children deserve the respect and dignity of “real people.” With songs, stories and instruments from cultures worldwide, GME introduces children to the amazing ways people make music with their voices, bodies, and whatever else they find at-hand.


Heart of the Holidays: Tales of Light

Conceived and Directed by Guy Mendilow
Narration by Regie Gibson & Guy Mendilow
Special Guest: Courtney Swain
Featuring: your local youth choir!

100 words

Find renewed inspiration and joy with this non-conventional yet engaging holiday show. Somewhere between This American Life and a top-tier world music concert, stories, choral singing, and stirring musical arrangements  guide audiences  in an experience of the holidays' essence: the choice to celebrate abundance at the height of scarcity, to spark light just when it grows darkest outside. With spoken word and songs inspired by the artists’ African, European, North American heritage traditions, Heart of the Holidays invites audiences  to create a new, deeper connection, cutting through the commercial cliché and worn favorites, right to the heart of the season.