• Ages: Grades 5+ • Length: 60-90 minutes • Single Session • Best for intimate classroom presentation

Through story and song, this classroom program introduces students to the richness and history of Sephardic cultures from the former Ottoman Empire.

  • Who are the Sephardim?

  • Why is the endangered Ladino language like a time capsule?

  • What is it about these stories that makes them live on in our imaginations, even when they come from very different times and places?

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This was one of the best concerts we’ve had. Teachers and kids loved it. Guy’s crew is wonderful!
— Nina Vansuch, Sumner Boys & Girls Club Director, Roslindale, MA (Outreach sponsored by Celebrity Series of Boston)
The kids loved it! They are still talking about it!
Thank you for giving our students this wonderful experience! So many of them don’t have the opportunity to attend events like this. You gave them an experience of a lifetime!
— Karen Gonzalez, Director of Community Partnerships, Hurley K-8 Afterschool Program, Boston, MA (Outreach sponsored by Celebrity Series of Boston)

Guy Mendilow

M.M. Longy School of Music; International Certificate, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Longy School of Music; B.A. Oberlin College

Guy Mendilow is Director of Music and Education for the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, "An international tour de force” (Bethlehem Morning Call) from the Middle-East, South and North America. The Ensemble combines world-class musicianship with cinematic storytelling in shows that “explode with artistry, refinement, and excitement” (Hebrew Union College), whisking audiences to distant times and picturesque places to stir highly resonant connections to contemporary struggles and dilemmas.  

The Guy Mendilow Ensemble was distinguished by the National Endowment for the Arts for public engagement with diverse and excellent art and the strengthening of communities through the arts, and is the recipient of grant awards from foundations like The Boston Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Arts Midwest and Western Arts Alliance.

Alongside performance, Mendilow is active in music education, pursuing Dalcroze Education as a means of cultivating musicality while fostering vital skills such as deep focus and the sense of contribution, capability and belonging that together form esteem. Mendilow designs custom artist residencies for leading performing arts organizations like Celebrity Series of Boston and including innovative storytelling/songwriting projects with at-risk populations.

Mendilow’s research interests include music and culture of Sephardic communities  of Salónica,in the early twentieth  century.

Mendilow is a guest artist-lecturer in  universities across the U.S. including Harvard University, Cornell University, Brandeis University, Oberlin College, University of Oregon and the University of Washington, leads children's workshops in schools worldwide and directs the Dalcroze School of Boston, offering Dalcroze Education for children and adults in the Boston area.