The Music And Tradition Of Turkey

A cultural center opened on Madison Avenue in Lakewood in 2012 with a mission to promote interaction and understanding between Turkish and American culture. The Turkish American Society of Ohio continues that mission with two programs at the Lakewood Public Library in February.

On Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m., enjoy a performance by a musician who plays one of the oldest forms of the flute, the ney. Neys, along with the tanbur lute and kemenche fiddle, are the most common instruments in Turkish classical music. A ney player, or neyzen, will give a presentation and performance with this ancient instrument in the Main Library Auditorium.

The following Tuesday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m., Murat Gurer, executive director of the Turkish American Society of Ohio, will discuss the Call to Prayer, which rings out five times per day, every day in Turkey, calling Muslims for mandatory worship. Recited in Arabic, the call is both a summons to ritual prayer and a summary of basic Islamic beliefs. Although disagreement may exist on the exact origin of the call, the story most often told is that the first to recite it was a freed slave chosen by Muhammad for his powerful and beautiful voice. Join Gurer in the Main Library Auditorium for a discussion of this integral part of the Muslim faith.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 4:24 PM, 02.07.2017