Merima and Ariadne at Exeter (Update!)

Merima and Ariadne have come and gone — what gorgeous artists, what wonderful people! Their concert Tuesday night absolutely blew the roof off the place. Jaw-dropping virtuosity (concert accordion and soprano voice), extraordinary emotional depth and range. Two very short, breathtaking audio clips of songs they performed are here and on the website linked above. One of my colleagues called it “the concert of a lifetime.”

The following morning, Merima, Ariadne, and I collaborated to offer a kind of “music poem” for Bosnia-Herzegovina, as part of Phillips Exeter’s weekly meditation series. It was called “All We Have Left.” Merima and Ariadne performed opening and closing music — “Kradem Ti Se” and “Sevdah Songs II” — to frame my personal reflections on my travels to Bosnia in 2004 and 2012. Such a moving and memorable occasion.

About Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson teaches religion, ethics, philosophy, and human rights at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. He is the author of *American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940* (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and nonfiction essays about Bosnia for the Canadian literary magazine *Numero Cinq*. Born in 1975 in Olean, NY, he earned the Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia, where he specialized in American religious history. He writes, teaches, and lectures about religion in America, popular culture, Mormonism, and Bosnia. He lives in Exeter with his partner, Alexis Simpson, and their two children.
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