From Castille to Samarkand

Constantinople: Innovative Music Collaborations

From Castille to Samarkand

Date: Friday, April 8, 8:30 pm ET
Price: $40 regular, $36 Friends, $30 seniors and students
Three-show package: $120; Two-show package*: $70 (Add all three shows to your cart. Discount will be applied at checkout.)
Includes same-day Museum admission

Fahmi Alqhai, one of the great virtuosos of the viola da gamba, and his Accademia del Piacere, the leading ensemble of early Spanish music, join Ensemble Constantinople on a musical journey through Iberia, Persia, and Central Asia, revisiting music notable for its sumptuous colour and exceptionally rich beauty.


The 15th and 16th centuries have been described as “The Golden Age of Spanish music”, but they were also prolific periods for musicians in the Persian courts and throughout the Ottoman Empire. This journey from Castille to Samarkand brings into dialogue the music of the Spanish renaissance with Persian/Ottoman masterpieces taken from manuscripts unearthed in monasteries and palace libraries.



Performers will include:



  • Kiya Tabassian – setar
  • Didem Basar – kanun
  • Patrick Graham – percussions
  • Hamin Honari, tombak & daf 

Accademia del Piacere

  • Fahmi Alqhai – viola da gamba
  • Rami Alqhai – viola da gamba
  • Johanna Rose – viola da gamba


*Please note that two-show packages are only applicable to the From Castille to Samarkand and Il Ponte di Leonardo performances


From Castille to Samarkand is presented as part of the Museum’s Constantinople: Innovative Music Collaborations program.


Live Performance
Constantinople: Innovative Music Collaborations

March–June, 2022

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Il Ponte di Leonardo

March 18, 2022

Live Performance
Under the Persian Musical Sky

June 9 & 10, 2022

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