Scheherazade and Other Exotic Tales – Fall 2016 Community Concert

Scheherazade and Other Exotic Tales
Saturday, September 24, 2016 – 4 pm
Everett Middle School
450 Church Street, San Francisco
$15 – $20 Donation

Join the band on a musical journey as San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band brings to life mesmerizing melodies based on The Arabian Nights…..

The story goes that Shahryar (the king) found out one day that his first wife was unfaithful to him. In retaliation, he resolved to marry a new virgin each day as well as behead the previous day’s wife, ensuring she would have no chance to be unfaithful to him. He had killed 1,000 such women by the time he was introduced to Scheherazade, the vizier‘s daughter.

Scheherazade was well read and well bred. She had perused the works of the poets and knew them by heart; she had studied philosophy and the sciences, arts and accomplishments;  she research the books, annals and legends of preceding Kings – it was said that she had collected a thousand books. She was pleasant, polite, witty and wise.

Against her father’s wishes, Scheherazade volunteered to spend one night with the king. Once in the king’s chambers, Scheherazade asked if she might bid one last farewell to her beloved sister, Dunyazade, who had secretly been prepared to ask Scheherazade to tell a story during the long night. The king lay awake and listened with awe as Scheherazade told her first story. The night passed by, and Scheherazade stopped in the middle of the story. The king asked her to finish, but Scheherazade said there was no time, as dawn was breaking. So, the king spared her life for one day to finish the story the next night. The next night, Scheherazade finished the story and then began a second, even more exciting tale, which she again stopped halfway through at dawn. Again, the king spared her life for one more day so she could finish the second story.

And so the king kept Scheherazade alive day by day, as he eagerly anticipated the finishing of the previous night’s story. At the end of 1,001 nights, and 1,000 stories, Scheherazade told the king that she had no more tales to tell him. During these 1,001 nights, the king had fallen in love with Scheherazade. He spared her life, and made her his queen.

Scheherazade and Other Exotic Tales – a performance not to be missed!


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