Sarajevo comes to life in concert at Coppertop Church in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

April 13, 2014 Updated Apr 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A concert at the Coppertop Church in Duluth on Sunday brought to life the themes in a book about the siege of Sarajevo.

Sunday's performance was part of a series called "The Redemptive Power of Music" which closely followed the story of the Duluth Public Library's 2014 One Book, One Community title –"The Cellist".

"The Cellist" is based on the true story of a cellist who expressed his defiance of those attacking his city.

The concert — directed by Sam Black — featured a string ensemble playing six musical selections, as well as an original piece for solo cello.

While tale is steeped in sorrow, organizers say the true message in one of optimism.

"The fact that there's... some melancholy is reflective of the situation at the time," said Nancy Eaton, of One Book, One Community, "on the other hand, music is ultimately a joyful expression of human nature."

This Tuesday there will be a free meet and great with author of "The Cellist", Stephen Galloway, at the Spirit of the North Theater in Fitger's, in Duluth.

Al Skomars