Freer Gallery of Art celebrates Rumi anniversary

The Freer Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the birth of Sufi poet Mevlana Jalal-ad-Din Rumi with a special presentation on October 27, 2007: Poetry in Song: Rumi's Mystical Journey.

From the website:

Saturday, October 27, 2007, 12 pm, Meyer Auditorium

Experience the mystical mood of a traditional Sufi assembly with Kazem Davoudian, the Iranian-born composer and virtuoso on the Persian santur (hammered dulcimer). He has appeared as solo performer and conductor at Wolftrap, the George Washington Masonic Temple, and the Kennedy Center. He is joined by the Afghan-born vocalist and harmonium virtuoso, Humayun Khan, a disciple of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan, blending north Indian ragas with Persian Sufi ghazals; vocalist Lida Saeedian, who has performed throughout the United States; and percussionist Behfar Bahadoran.

Part of Rumi at 800, a day of music, poetry, special tours, and Persian and Turkish food celebrating the eight-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the poet and mystic Mevlana Jalal-ad-Din Rumi.

Also on October 27 will be a concert by the Persian National Music Ensemble:

Saturday, October 27, 2007, 3:30 pm, Meyer Auditorium

This five-member ensemble from Baltimore recites Rumi's poetry in English, tells famous stories about the mystic-poet, and then performs his poems in Persian, accompanied by santur (hammered dulcimer), tar (lute), violin, and percussion. Director and composer Ahman Borhani taught music at Ferdowsi University in Iran and is a specialist on the life and poetry of Rumi.