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The Whirling Dervishes of Turkey

The Ritual Dance of Sufism

Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 PM
Price $26, $36, $52

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With the 800th birthday year of the great Muslim mystic and poet Rumi, the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey take the Rialto stage.  It is scientifically recognized that the fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve.  Although most of these revolutions are natural and unconscious, the Whirling Dervishes intentionally and consciously participate in the shared revolution of other beings.  The universal values of love and service shared by all Sufis are relevant to the social and political realities of today.  This ritual dance, which is performed exclusively by the Dervishes, has come to symbolize these values in the hearts and minds of millions throughout the world.  Through revolving in harmony with all things in nature, The Whirling Dervishes of Turkey testify to the existence and majesty of their Creator. 

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Perú Negro

Afro-Peruvian Music & Dance

Saturday, February 16 at 8:00 PM
Price $32, $42, $56

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A wooden crate, a tithing box, and a donkey jaw are not your typical musical instruments.  Because of a ban on drums placed on slaves by Spanish colonizers, these are the instruments played by Perú Negro in this incredible performance on the Rialto stage.  Formed over 35 years ago to preserve Peru's African heritage, Perú Negro has performed all over the world and been appointed "Cultural Ambassadors of Peruvian Culture" by the Peruvian Government.   Perú Negro's high-energy show is made up of festive and celebratory dances interwoven with vibrant live music, recreating the folkloric history of their ancestors. Perú Negro's second US-released album Jolgorio received both a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional World Music Album, as well as a Latin Grammy nomination.

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Angélique Kidjo

Grammy-award-winning vocalist from Africa

Saturday, March 1 at 8:00 PM
Price $36, $46, $62

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Angelique Kidjo, whose work has garnered her four Grammy nominations, has cross-pollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America.  In the course of her successful career, Angelique Kidjo has spread her rhythmic Afro-funk fusion to the four corners of the globe.  After touring this past year as the opening act for Josh Groban, she has recently released a new CD Djin Djin, featuring duets with Josh Groban, Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, and more.The music of African-born songstress Angelique Kidjo brings to the Rialto her perspective that the world is much smaller than we think, and that no matter how far flung its peoples may be, subtle lines of interconnection span the globe, uniting its people.

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Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective

Afro-Caribbean Soul

Saturday, April 19 at 8:00 PM
Price $26, $36, $52

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The tale of Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective traces its roots to the early 1980s, when a teenage Palacio traveled from his home in the Central American country of Belize to Nicaragua to serve in a literacy campaign. Palacio is Garifuna, a unique culture based on the Caribbean coast of Central America that blends elements of West African and Native Caribbean heritage. Andy was told that Nicaragua’s local Garifuna traditions and language were all but extinct. He was en route via boat to the Nicaraguan village of Orinoco to begin his first literacy assignment, when a storm forced a change of direction, leading to a surprise encounter that had a lasting impact on Palacio’s music, career, and life mission. The legacy of this life-changing meeting lives on in the music of Wátina, a stunning new album featuring an all-star, multigenerational lineup of Garifuna musicians from Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.  Palacio is joined by 75-year-old Garifuna legend Paul Nabor.

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Masters of Percussion

Featuring Zakir Hussain

Saturday, May 3 at 8:00 PM
Price $32, $42, $56

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Zakir Hussain is appreciated today both in the field of percussion and the music world at large as an international phenomenon.  Under his direction, The Masters of Percussion will offer the audience an opportunity to experience both melodic (raga) and rhythmic (tala) development as well as witness the dazzling and athletic dancing drummers of Manipur. The tour includes the great sarangi maestro, Ustad Sultan Khan, whose performances and collaborations with Zakir Hussain have delighted both classical music and world music aficionados. The concert will feature the traditional repertoire of North Indian drumming on tabla in solo and duet, as well as excursions exploring the frontier between traditional and contemporary—between folk and classical.

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