Friday, October 19, 2007

Whirling Dervishes Oct 23

Pittsburgh Dialogue Foundation (PDF), in partnership with WQED Multimedia, is bringing the world famous Whirling Dervishes of Rumi from Turkey to Pittsburgh on October 23rd, in commemoration of Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi's 800th birthday. As you may already know, 2007 is announced as the "Year of Rumi" by UNESCO to recognize this greatly known and beloved mystical poet and philosopher.

This performance of the dervishes is a mystical journey with Sufi music and dance. The Sema, as it is called, is a precise choreography, a meditation in motion in which the dervishes are accompanied by beautiful, mystical music. The music contains some of the most core elements of Eastern classical music and serves as an accompaniment for Rumi's poetry.

Ted Sohier of WQED-FM and WQED-TV will be the emcee of this wonderful event. The event will feature an introductory speech on Rumi by Dr. Paul Parker, Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Theology and Religion at Elmhurst College (Chicago, IL). The program will continue with a wonderful Sufi music concert, which will be followed by a sketch about the performance of the Whirling Dervishes by actor Alex Demir. The finale of the program will be the performance of the Whirling Dervishes.

October 23, 2007, 8:00 PM
Carnegie Music Hall
Tickets: Call (412) 394-3353 or visit Single tickets: $25 to $65 (Group discounts are available.)
Students: $14(with ID)
For more information:
Tel: (412) 628-6871

Pittsburgh Dialogue Foundation (PDF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote intercultural and interfaith dialogue and to encourage cultural exchange through social, art, and educational events.
Through several programs, PDF has brought together hundreds of people from different communities, ethnic backgrounds and faiths.

Events that PDF have organized include Annual International Children's Day Celebrations, Intercultural trips to Turkey, Noah's Pudding Days, Panels and Conferences (Sharing the Faith of Abraham, Art of Living Together, Women Who Made a Difference), Women's History Month Celebrations, Food Distribution to Needy Families, Art & Essay Contest for Middle School Students, Annual Friendship & Dialogue Dinners, and Pittsburgh Dialogue Awards.

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