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Shterna and the Lost Voice

Tue Evening: Apr 16 An all ages event!

Gallery Opens 6:30 pm

Performance 7:00-8:15 pm

FREE, Join us! – for Shterna and the Lost Voice: a musical crankie storytelling adventure! This new folktale by A.C. Weaver is inspired by mythical stories of Elyahu Hanovi and traditional Yiddish folklore. Shterna and the Lost Voice follows a young woman’s quest from the realms of the dead to the celestial gardens of the immortal – all to restore her friend's lost voice. Shterna’s epic adventure is accompanied by live original klezmer music while the narrative unfolds through a papercut crankie. This dynamic performance welcomes audiences of all ages!

Shterna and the Lost Voice is presented by The Magid Ensemble (magid, meaning “storyteller” in Yiddish) –  a new collaboration featuring award-winning klezmer musicians and composers Mattias Kaufmann, Raffi Boden, and Rachel Leader, Yiddishist storyteller A. C. Weaver, and visual artist Kiah Raymond. 

What is a crankie?  A crankie is a long scroll wound onto two spools that illustrates a story as it unwinds. Kiah Raymond's original crankie incorporates shadow puppetry inspired by Jewish papercut art.

Donations: Free event!

Sliding scale donations welcome $0-20 


This project is produced by members of Mamaliga Klezmer Band. This project is sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and the Lexington Council for the Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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