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The Lost Chord: May 16 - Turkish Toughie

There is a Turkish proverb: “Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.”  The music of Ahmed Adnan Saygun is very good coffee indeed.  Saygun (pictured, right) rode a wave of Turkish nationalism to become his country’s foremost composer in the Western classical tradition.  Perhaps best remembered abroad as an associate of Béla Bartók (pictured, left), Saygun was a prominent ethnomusicologist, but also an important educator and cultural administrator.  Savor an hour of his sometimes sweet, often astringent, always rewarding music, this Sunday at 10 pm.