Cancelled: Gifts



Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Gifts on Tuesday 7 May has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to coronavirus is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

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Event details

Led by the Bosnian-Australian artist Nela Trifkovic and featuring some of Melbourne’s best-known musicians, SARAY Iluminado is known for its distinctive and intimate performance style that thrives on folk music and storytelling.

SARAY Iluminado delves deep into the world of Sephardic Jewish Music, performing dynamic new arrangements of ancient, soulful songs. A musical homage to travellers, warriors, alchemists and artists, these songs and stories reflect the intricate cultural tapestries of the Balkans and the ways in which the Sephardic Jewish population enriched them. Presented in the form of a musical ritual, with overlapping songs and storytelling, this performance will leave you curious to explore more about Sephardic culture and its beautiful language, Ladino.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and SARAY Iluminado


Nela Trifkovic vocals/frame drum
Irine Vela Greek & Cretan laouto
Ernie Gruner violin/mandolin
Kelly Dowall ney flute/clarinet/frame drum
Dan Witton double bass/vocals


Traditional Sephardic, SARAH Iluminado
Me Estas Mirando (You Are Looking At Me)

Traditional Sephardic
Noches Noches (Nights, Nights)
Kondja Mia Kondja (My Blossom, My Blossom)
Yo kon Mi Konsuegra (My Mother-In -Law and I)
Porque llores niña blanca (Why do you cry my fair beauty)

Traditional Sevdah
Sto te nema (Why Aren’t You Here)
Ibrahim Bega Svezana vode (The Song of Shackled Ibrahim)
Lijepi li su Mostarski Ducani ( The Beautiful Bazaars of Mostar)
U Stambolu na Bosforu (In Istanbul, at the Bosphorus)
Ko pokida sa vrata djerdane (Who Tore Your Necklace of White Pearls)


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.