Turning East

photo:Hamidreza Shirmohammadi

Turning East: a brand-new, six-day festival in and by The Concertgebouw featuring music from the Middle East. The biggest stars from the Arabic, Kurdish and Persian world are coming to Amsterdam. From 20 – 25 November 2017, the entire Concertgebouw will focus on ‘exotic’ classical music, pop, jazz and combinations of those genres. All music will come from the enormous area covering everything from Morocco to Iran. And beyond.


The Caravan programme brings worlds together. East and West, classical, jazz and folk music. The Syrian oud virtuoso Jawa Manla, violin phenomenon Emmy Storms, percussion wizard Jeroen Batterink, pianist and composer Julian Schneemann and his father, oboe player Bart, embark on a journey together. Caravan is a plea for the power of diversity.

Bach meets Sufism: an intimate embrace

Just as Sufism appeals to unity and harmony and connects Eastern and Western ideas, this programme joins traditional Iranian music with our own Johann Sebastian Bach. Bart Schneemann is surrounded by his NBE and theorbo virtuoso David Mackor. Along with singer Haleh Seyfizadeh and tar player Ali Ghamsari, two young Iranian talents, they play and sing an Oriental Bach in an intimate embrace with classical, old and rich Persian music.

when to see it
  • Tue 21 Nov 2017 Amsterdam Het Concertgebouw Tickets
  • Sat 25 Nov 2017 Amsterdam Het Concertgebouw Sold out

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