Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch 
A powerful encounter of Europe and Ottoman Turkey

*a special performance to fund the upcoming film of Othello*


Othello in the Seraglio, a uniquely powerful “coffeehouse opera,” tells an age-old story of passionate love and murderous jealousy, of a black slave at the 17th century Ottoman Court who rises to power and riches, only to come to a tragic end. The multi-layered script is by NEC music historian Robert Labaree, while the stunning score, by Boston composer and Grammy nominee Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, weaves together Italian Baroque and Turkish sources with his own newly-composed music into a tapestry of uncanny beauty. Othello is performed on European period instruments and traditional Turkish instruments by an ensemble of 12 instrumentalists, singers and a dramatic storyteller.

Locations, Date/Time, Price:
September 15, The First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkeley St., Boston, MA.
General admission: $40, students: $20.
Tickets on sale here 

Co-presented by TurkInno  



Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? 
as part of the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival 

Grammy nominated bandleader/composer and DownBeat’s September 2016 Editors pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol brings his genre-busting 12-piece band, Whatsnext? to the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. Do not miss this unique and highly engaging concert featuring Sanlıkol’s contemporary jazz compositions with intriguing Turkish influences!

Location, Date/Time, Price:
September 30, Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Columbus Ave., Boston, MA, 12:00pm. FREE

For the festival performance schedule click here



Music of Islam, Turkey & Renaissance Europe 

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol leads a musical program connecting diverse people and cultures. In response to the stereotyping of Muslims in today’s politics, Sanlıkol employs music to bring together cultural expressions of Islam and Europe, highlight the diversity of Boston’s Muslim community, and further conversation among Muslim and non-Muslim Bostonians. The concerts’ centerpiece is DEVRAN, Sanlıkol’s unique new intercultural choral work combining Muslim texts, Renaissance choral style, and Middle Eastern elements into an artistic whole. Other performers are the NEC Chamber Singers, led by Erica Washburn, and DÜNYA, performing traditional Turkish Sufi music led by the composer. Two performances with a pre-concert talk by the composer followed by an audience discussion and reception are scheduled for November 2017.

Location, Date/Time, Price: 
November 9, Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA, PRE-CONCERT TALK at 7:00pm, CONCERT at 7:30pm. FREE
November 12, First Church of Roxbury, 10 Putnam St., Boston, MA, PRE-CONCERT TALK at 2:00pm, CONCERT at 2:30pm. FREE

NEFA_black_RGB_small_0This program was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ Creative City Program, with funding from The Barr Foundation and with additional support from The Boston Foundation.