Storyteller Peninnah Schram and musician Gerard Edery are the two main players in The Minstrel and the Storyteller, An Exotic Journey. "Each of them has their own proficiency, their own expertise and their own magic in their own fields," notes fellow storyteller Cherie Karo Schwartz, a longtime friend of Schram's. "Together they provide an enchanting evening that mixes those two, blends them and makes a tapestry of music and story.
"Many of the stories are folk tales," continues Karo Schwartz. "They are Jewish folklore, which comes from all over the world, wherever we've been invited to live for thousands of years." Schram's vast knowledge of these stories as well as the plot and character variations unique to each tradition will harmonize with Edery's songs and instrumental pieces; at times, Edery will enter a story as a character.
"What makes this especially magnificent is the soul and spirit of the Jewish people coming through in a multi-dimensional way," notes Karo Schwartz. "It's exhilarating. When I saw them in performance, the audience was breathless."
Catch your breath before 8 p.m. at the Grant Avenue Community Center, 216 South Grant Street. Tickets are $18; reserve yours by calling B'nai Havurah at 303-388-4441.
Sat., March 15, 8 p.m., 2008