Islamic mystic Rumi celebrated

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 1997

The work of 13th century Islamic mystic Rumi will be celebrated with ``An Evening of Rumi,'' Wednesday at the Fiddlehead.

``December 17th, the anniversary of his death, is considered to be his marriage to eternity,'' said organizer David La Chapelle. ``We'll celebrate the occasion with his poetry, songs and stories of his life.''

Juneau musician Jane Roodenberg has set several of Rumi's poems to music, and will be performing with La Chapelle, vocalist Julie Pigott and guitarist Robert Cohen.

Rumi was a charismatic religious figure who dictated thousands of hours of verse, lyrical poetry and parables to his followers. Volumes of his work have been translated into many languages from the original Persian, and recent translations have popularized his work in the United States.

``An Evening of Rumi'' begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fiddlehead. Admission is $6 at the door.

The event is part of a monthly series of evening presentations organized by La Chapelle, featuring the lives and works of mystics. Past presentations included Saint Francis of Assisi, and next month's will focus on the 16th century Spanish Christian mystic Saint John of the Cross.

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