Amazing Whirling Dervishes to Perform at Amherst College Oct. 27

September 24, 2008                   

AMHERST, Mass.—The Amazing Whirling Dervishes, a troupe of 16 Mevlevi musicians and whirling dervishes from Turkey, will perform at Buckley Recital Hall in Amherst College’s Arms Music Center at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. The group will perform the internationally recognized, centuries-old, sacred whirling ceremony (known as Sema) and a dramatic reading—with musical accompaniment—of the poetry of Jalaladdun Rumi,  Islam’s great 13th-century mystical poet. The free event is being sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund and Amherst’s Department of Religion.