Lamentations for a Soldier
- Date: Thursday, 23 April 2015, 7.00 pm
- Venue: Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall — The University of Newcastle, Cnr Auckland St and Gibson St, Newcastle, NSW
The haunting sound of the Turkish ﬂute or ‘ney’ and the transcendental dance of the dervish form the anchor of our 2015 Easter program. East and West collide through the juxtaposition of Robert White’s beautiful setting of the biblical Lamentations and traditional music from the Suﬁ tradition going back to the central ﬁgure of Rumi (1207-1273).
According to Rumi or Jalãl ad-Dín Muhammad Balkhí, music is the language of God and the ney represents a person who has reached perfection or ‘Insan-i Kamil’. As the ney suffers to produce a sound, a human also suffers till the breath of God vibrates in his or her soul. The dignity of human life is central to both Jeremiah’s Lamentations and Rumi’s thinking. At a time when we commemorate the tragic events at Gallipoli as well as the immense losses on the Western front 100 years ago, this message rings truer than ever, from both East and West.
Featured non-Australian music: Robert White, traditional Turkish sufi music
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