Meet the Cellist of Sarajevo
Vedran Smailovic inspired the song "The Cellist of Sarajevo." There is such a powerful story in what this man did.
Thirty seven year old Smailovic, principal cellist of the Sarajevo
Opera, was heartbroken at the bombing and massacre that had occurred in
his precious city in 1992. A city that was now being called the
"capital of hell" and rightly so, for on May 27, a long breadline of
citizens waited in front of one of the last bakeries in town as a
mortar landed, exploding and killing 22 people.
This was outside Smailovic's window.
Instead of white bread for the masses to eat with their red meat,
there were white bones and bloody flesh scattered everywhere.
knew. It was outside his window and he saw it, scarring his mind and
lapping up any naivety left that the horrors of his country could not
come to his neighborhood.
As he stayed up that night, his anguished mind struggled to rescue his
soul from the pit of despair. How could he make a difference in a
living hell? What could he do?
Smailovic did the only thing he could. The only thing he knew.
The next day, he donned black. Not the black of mourning, but the
formal black of a musician of a prestigious opera company. Twenty four
hours after the massacre, at 4 pm in the afternoon, Smailovic settled
his stool beside the still smoking crater.
And he began to play.
He continued to play every day at 4 pm for twenty two days - one for
each person who died. He played through the rockets red glare and bombs
bursting there beside him on the ground.
The citizens in the capital of hell received a heavenly emissary every
day at 4pm. One that reminded them of the good, beautiful things of
life, and that there was hope that again peace would return.
His powerful testimony brought even more attention to the horrors around him.
This is quoted from a news report.
"Asked by a journalist whether he was not crazy doing what
He played on.
After twenty two days he moved his chair. He moved his chair to other
neighborhoods with freshly charred craters and fragments of humanity
where souls had recently departed this earth. He played in graveyards
amidst the newly buried and muffled mourners.
He played until December 1993.
He had played to hold out hope to those who would listen. He became
the personal embodiment of hope for peace in Bosnia. He dispensed hope
in his music, he became hope to his people.
The next year, in 1994 famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma played a newly composed
piece by English composer David Wilde at the International Cello
Festival in Manchester, England. The piece entitled "The Cellist of
Sarajevo" haunted those who were there.
Pianist Paul Sullivan described it this way in Readers Digest:
"When he had finished, Ma remained bent over his cello, his
Friday, April 3, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
What had they learned in the previous year?
How much did they remember?
How focused are they?
Do they take pride in their work?
So I began with the obvious - a review project. Little did I know this would be one of my largest projects of the marking period and also take more time then expected.
The MS Review Project
Objective: Using the knowledge you gained last year complete the following task to the best of your ability:
1. MS Publisher - Create a cover for the front, back and spine of a 1 inch binder
- Front, Back, and Spine needs to be created
2. MS Word - Create a informational booklet on the 7 Natural Wonders
- At least 8 pages long 1 page for each wonder each page must include
- 5 pictures for each wonder
- 10 bulleted facts
- 20 sentence summary
3. MS Powerpoint - Presidential Candidate Powerpoint
Presidential Power Point
1. Title Slide
2. Birthday, Place of Birth
3. Family (Parents, Siblings)
4. Education (HS, College)
5. Military Service (if none skip)
6. Occupation held before political positions
7. Political positions before running for president
8. Marriage and family
9. Political Platform
10. Other Interesting Facts
11. Presidential Opponent
12. Works Cited Page