Boston Community, Neighborhood Arts

Highlights from Guy Mendilow Ensemble’s “Tales From the Forgotten Kingdom”

On May 28 and 29, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble was joined by special guest, the Boston City Singers, for two fantastic Neighborhood Arts season finale performances of Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom. An exploration of tales of vagabond queens, pauper poets, and lovers lost to the sea, the program featured a mix of Ladino music and storytelling along with South African, Hebrew, and Spanish folksongs, including “De Saloniki A Auschwitz,” “Asimbonaga,” and “Quien va a Cantar.”

For these performances, musicians Guy Mendilow and Andy Bergman wrote choral and instrumental arrangements specifically for the Boston City Singers, a Dorchester-based high school touring choir and a community partner of Neighborhood Arts. Both performances were well-received by audiences at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (May 28) and USS Constitution Museum (May 29), the latter of which was standing room only. Bravo!

Boston City Singers, who will tour South Africa this summer, also enjoyed a choral workshop in Dorchester with Soweto Gospel Choir thanks to Celebrity Series last November.

Guy Mendilow reminds us of the importance of the Neighborhood Arts program in the recap video below highlighting moments from the May 28th performance at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.

Video Production by Kristin Otharsson

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