Spellbinding visions of unity and peace

13 – 29 JUL, 2023



Melbourne $30 - $179 13 JUL — 16 JUL, 2023

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre

31 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006
Thu, 13 Jul, 2023 7:00 PM
Sat, 15 Jul, 2023 7:00 PM
Sun, 16 Jul, 2023 5:00 PM
Sydney $30 - $179 21 JUL — 29 JUL, 2023

City Recital Hall

2-12 Angel Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Fri, 21 Jul, 2023 7:00 PM
Sat, 22 Jul, 2023 2:00 PM
Sat, 22 Jul, 2023 7:00 PM
Wed, 26 Jul, 2023 7:00 PM
Fri, 28 Jul, 2023 7:00 PM
Sat, 29 Jul, 2023 2:00 PM
Sat, 29 Jul, 2023 7:00 PM
Brisbane $59 - $102 24 JUL, 2023

Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Cultural Precinct, Cnr Grey Melbourne Street, South Bank QLD, 4101
Mon, 24 Jul, 2023 7:00 PM

Artists Performing


(Semazen) of the Mevlevi Order

Traditional Musicians

(Mitrip) of Türkiye

Paul Dyer

Artistic Director

Alexander Berlage


Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Brandenburg Choir



Duration 100 mins including 20 min interval.

Pasticcio inspired by the meeting of Baroque worlds, culminating with customary meditation practice performed with the Whirling Dervishes.

★★★★★ "How fortunate we are to have a small glimpse of this particular example of a 600-year-old tradition." - Sydney Arts Guide

"The clarity of tone, scrunch of close harmonies and heartwarming words fill the hall with love" - The Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★½ "a near-transcendent experience with a remarkably well-researched program that pays homage to a titan of Turkish poetry with respect, and the help of an incredibly talented ensemble of performers and technicians behind it."
- Limelight

Beautiful, graceful, peaceful – the Whirling Dervishes of the Sufi Mevlevi Order from Konya, Türkiye join the Brandenburg onstage.

The lights dim and the mystic ceremony begins. The sounds of the Ottoman instruments, rare, pure and ravishing, the choral sounds of the Brandenburg Choir chanting the poems of Jalaluddin Rumi, the exotic mystic poet whose combination of richness and bold adaptations of music poetry form the key to his popularity today.

Ottoman Baroque will be mesmerising and spine-tingling. This unique concert experience spurs from a meeting of minds between Serhat Sarpel, Hakan Talu and Paul Dyer in Istanbul, where together they devised a program following the path of an ancient 16th century Ottoman manuscript by Albert Bobowski (Ali Ufki).

In a rare appearance in Australia, the concert will reach a climax with the Whirling Dervishes spinning gracefully into a trance as they purify their heart to commune with the divine in this unique Sufi ceremony. Don’t miss Ottoman Baroque – it will sell out!

Discover more about Ottoman Baroque in our exclusive blog here.


Program Guide

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Please note:
Haze will be in use during this performance.
Lock out periods apply: Following the commencement of the performance no entry or re-entry into the auditorium will be permitted until interval.

With respect for the quiet reflection of fellow audience members please refrain from applauding following the Sema Ceremony.