Sacred Soundscapes: Musical Traditions from the Ottoman Empire

Sunday, Jan 21, 2024

Sunday, January 21
1:00 pm ET Doors | 2:00 pm ET Concert

In Person at The Weitzman (5th and Market)
Tickets – $18 General Admission| $13 Member Admission

This event is the first of a two-part series. For details on the March 12 concert, Wild Burning Rage and Song: Replies to the Scottsboro, click here.

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Centuries of coexistence had a deep impact on the musical and devotional traditions of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the lands of the Ottoman Empire. Multi-layered interfaith interactions shaped the melodies and hymns of religious communities.

This musical program celebrates these powerful affinities through diverse Ottoman spiritual traditions, especially from the tumultuous nineteenth century. The concert program, performed by the award-winning Dünya Ensemble, will include mainstream Sunni Muslim, Christian, and Jewish music from the era, as well as hymns and compositions of several different Sufi brotherhoods along with the heterodox mystical traditions of the Alevis and Bektaşis and the Sabbatian Ma’aminim (devotees of the Jewish messiah Sabbatai Tsvi).

Your guides to the Ottoman sacred soundscapes of the past will be the composer/performer and professor Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, together with the Israeli scholar of Ottoman Jewish culture Dr. Hadar Feldman Samet. Musical performance and historical introduction will combine to illustrate many known and forgotten mesmerizing tunes and multilingual lyrics from the Ottoman world.

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Concert Produced by the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and the Weitzman Museum in partnership with the Mandel Scholion Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

Presented with support from the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation

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101 South Independence Mall East (Corner of 5th & Market)
Philadelphia, PA 19106